As some of you know, I up and abandoned my blog mid-November, but let my scheduled posts and tweets ride. I had a family crisis that involved emergency rooms and the ICU. Thank you everyone for the well wishes. Though things are better, the road this year will be rocky, filled with hills and potholes—it’s gonna be a long road.
And Holy Cow! So many of you went through similar problems last year. I wish the best to you and to everyone who escaped the trauma of 2016.
That’s enough of that.
I will now infused you will good vibes. Can you feel them? They should be hitting you…right…about…now!
Goals, Trends & Other Fascinating Things
Writerly Goals for 2017
I didn’t make the kind of progress I wanted to last year. Boo. This year? The goal is simple: finish a second book. The second big thing is that I’m going to put myself out there, as in when people ask me what I do, I’m including writing.
Blogging Goals for 2017
Have more fun. I will add to my Writer’s Guides, but I also plan to have more stuff that’s fun. I need more levity and playfulness here on the blog!
Oh, did you notice the redesign? I’ll chat about that too. So many of you told me the thought of having to redesign your site horrified you. It did me too, but in the end, it wasn’t horrible. I will share everything with you, so when you’re time comes, you’ll be ready.
Now for the really important things you need to know going into 2017.
I dare you to say that three times fast!
This is a United Nations observance that recognizes “the importance of international tourism…fostering better understanding…greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations…to the strengthening of peace in the world.”
Year of the Rooster
The Chinese New Year begins on January 28 and brings us the year of the Red Fire Rooster. Any roosters in the house?
The Year of the Rooster will be a powerful one, with no middle of the road when it comes to moving forward. This year, impressions count. You’ll want to look your best and be clear on your intentions concerning love, money, and business. Stick to practical and well-proven paths to ensure success, rather than risky ventures. 
Year of Colorful Grays
Paint, design, and fashion companies come up with a color they think will reflect the upcoming year. This is the base color or background color that rules the year. They often choose accents color to match or contrast the base color.
In 2017, they all fall into subdued colors with gray tones — at least they’re not all whites like last year! Pantone, always the odd man out, chose a brighter color.
“It ebbs and flows with its surroundings, and light brings it to life. Rich, royal amethyst can fade into the soft lilac-grey of distant mountains or morph into lustrous coal. Indulge your mysterious side. Let Shadow set the mood.”
Sherwin-Williams: Poised Taupe (brownish-gray)
“Earthen brown combines with conservative grey and the result is a weathered, woodsy and complex neutral that celebrates the imperfections and authenticity of a well-lived life.”
Glidden Paint: Byzantine Blue (blue-purple)
“The name may say blue, but Byzantine Blue is truly a purple in disguise. It stretches the boundaries of purple to borrow all of best qualities of blue and gray, making it an appealing color choice for nearly any room.”
“A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. Greenery … evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew…Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate….”
Year of Global Flavors & Breakfast
McCormick keeps an eye on trends in food and picks flavor profiles for the upcoming year. I find this completely fascinating.
- Rise & Shine to Global Tastes: new ingredients and ethnic flavors for breakfast—think congee or chickpea & ground lamb breakfast hash with skhug sauce (hot sauce)
- Plancha: Flat-Out Grilling: grilling on the plancha (a thick, flat slab of cast iron delivering intense heat), again with global flavors—think crusted fish and ratatouille a la plancha
- Egg Yolks: The Sunny Side of Flavor: egg yolks make their way into lunch and dinner—think tomato fennel bowl with zucchini noodles and poached egg (or the classic Croque Madame)
- Modern Med: Mediterranean cuisine of the 21st century, Eastern Mediterranean ingredients with Western European classics—think Eastern Mediterranean Bolognese
- Sweet on Pepper: pepper is finally capturing the spotlight—think Peppered Date Syrup
Meanwhile, Baum + Whiteman International Food + Restaurant Consultants predict the following food trends:
- Less eating out, more eating in
- More delivery and meal kits
- More veggies on the plate, less protein
- Vegetarian Comfort Foods
- Artisan Butcher Shop-Restaurants combos
- Round-the-Clock Breakfast & Lunch for Brunchfast
- Kale replaced with just-as-healthy-but-more-exciting-more-tasty alternatives (like carrot tops)
- Foods in Bowls (as in the food is all in a bowl)
- Ice cream trending in new forms (rolled up in pancakes and savory flavors)
- More brand names opening restaurants (like the Moleskin Café in Milan and Kellogg’s NYC in Time Square)
- More spice (like pepper, radishes, and horseradish)
And a new trend I found: Cocktails for 2017
- Theatrics in the Glass: think color changing drinks and edible flowers that literally shock you
- No Name Cocktails: “I’d like a blue drink with an anise scent, please.”
- Moody Cocktails: “I’ll take a Redtini to boost my confidence, thank you.”
- Storytime: “Give me a Raging Zombie and the story behind it.”
Website Trends I Hope Died with 2016
- Light Fonts. Light (and medium) gray text on white backgrounds. (Yes, I copied that color from a website!) People it’s not good for our eyeballs! It was noted a few years back that black on white was hard on the eyes, so use gray—a soft black or dark gray. Somehow, people missed the last part. Look closely at my font color, go ahead, it’s not black it’s a dark gray.
- Autoplay. Music, videos, whatever. Let me play it if I want to see it or hear it.
- Newsletter Popups. If I haven’t read your content, uh, I don’t know if I want your newsletter too. If I have subscribed and you keep asking me to subscribe when I visit your site. I will unsubscribe and stop visiting your site.
- Hovering Share Button. Nine times out of ten, these block your content!
What trend do you find the most interesting? Do you have any predictions?
What trends do you wish would die a quick death?
Croque Madame by Nicki Dugan, Wikipedia.org
rooster & 2017 images by pixabay.com
breakfast taco by ryan kuonen, Wikipedia.org
International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by the UN
color swatches by me