Hello, 2016!

Jan 1, 2016 | Bits & Pieces

It is now officially 2016. I’m starting a pool on how long it takes me to write that instead of 2015. For some reason, 2015 was easy to remember – I don’t think I goofed and wrote 2014 until July, and I still can’t figure out what brain cell misfired to cause that. I didn’t jump ahead of myself to write 2016 until about two weeks into December.

I’m still trying to figure out why 1972 seemed like a lifetime, while 2015 passed in the blink of an eye. All in all, it wasn’t an awful year – despite the broken ankle and the eyeball-munching, glass-pooping, razorblade-skating beetles that invade my eyes in the middle of the night (every damned night)… Seriously, it’s been a pretty good year. Work has been good and challenging; I’ve enjoyed fun times with family and friends; we visited interesting places (like Lake Tahoe, which is apparently my Waterloo)… and now, the promise of 2016 lies ahead. Cairn said it best:


And The Doctor – the true expert on time:

People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff.

Dr. Who

Midnight and the Accidental New Year’s Eve Selfie

This is what happens when you look out the front window and try to take a photo of the kid shooting off fireworks right in front of your house – but forget to switch from the front to the back camera, and time it so perfectly that your face is lit up in the rockets’ red glare. That’s right – no lights, no flash, just New Year’s Eve fireworks in my neighborhood. That’s my pensive, “I’ll miss you, 2015…here’s hoping 2016 is equally awesome,” face. Or maybe I was thinking something else, but since my house isn’t on fire, we’ll just go with that.


My Most Engaged Readers

To each of you, I give the Top Common Tater Award:


Display it proudly. Or eat it.

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Don’t look at me! Try Zimbio’s Random New Year’s Resolution Generator.

I’m mostly just recycling last year’s, since I didn’t finish most of them.


Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle, illustrated by Jordan Vinyard; A Puppy, Not a Guppy, illustrated by Ryan Shaw; and the newest release: A New Leaf for Lyle, illustrated by Carrie Salazar. She draws inspiration from her family, from her own childhood adventures (some of which only happened in her overactive imagination), and from readers both young and young-at-heart. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, J.J., whose love and encouragement make writing books twice the fun.


  1. Patricia Stoltey

    Oh, that’s so cool to receive your Top Common Tater award. Thanks, Holly!
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    • HollyJahangiri

      You’re very welcome, Patricia! Thanks for being one of my top commenters in 2015!
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  2. Pete Laberge

    I downloaded and saved my Common Tater! THANKS!
    Now recall for 2016 you need to have 3 weird adventures (Nicely spaced out, of course!), 2 horror stories, and win 1 award. You can do other stuff, too, but thems they be required…..

    • HollyJahangiri

      I can pretty much guarantee all but the award. 😉

      • Pete Laberge

        HA HA HA! But I already have mine. So I have to figure out how to make one of those posters to give you an Un-Common Poster Award ….
        Any ideas?

      • HollyJahangiri

        If I have to make my own award, it’s not much of an award! LOL Well, you have all year to think of something, Pete. 🙂
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        • Pete Laberge

          If I knew how to make one, I would!
          But it would be useful to know WHAT to award!

          • HollyJahangiri

            Well, if the spirit doesn’t move you at all in the coming year, I don’t deserve the accolades, anyway!

          • Pete Laberge

            Ok, well, I have 363 days to come up with a WHY.
            This time may give me a WHAT.

            Somehow I need to find out HOW people make those dammed posters.

            BTW: Something my HP printer should do. (Along with the fact that it would not let me register it, clearly a bug HP has to fix!) But it DOES do COOL: graph paper, and automatic grocery list things, and some other stuff. We need more of that HP! To do list, Holly Awards, and stuff like that!
            Holly’s Mission: Tell ’em.

          • HollyJahangiri

            Oh, just a “how to” question? Try Canva.com. 😉

            It’s the secret site of pros. (I use Paint Shop Pro, myself, but Canva is free.)

          • HollyJahangiri

            BTW, I really did make your “Common Tater Award.” Right down to dressing up a tater and putting him in front of my library of books.

  3. Pete Laberge

    Tried the Canva, thing. Cool but beyond me. I am more of the Print Shop type ….

    • HollyJahangiri

      They still make that, or you have a copy that still runs, left over from the 1980s?

      • Pete Laberge

        I own a functional Apple //e and Epson dot matrix. I had an IBM copy years ago, but lost it. I like stuff quick and simple. At my age and my health, it is safer that way.


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