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Looking Back on 2015: Life and Literature

Updated on August 13, 2021
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John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books. Basically, he just loves to write.

2015 ended on a high with our multi-cultural Christmas. Countries represented: Australia, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Germany.
2015 ended on a high with our multi-cultural Christmas. Countries represented: Australia, Indonesia, China, Hong Kong, Germany. | Source
Gingerbread Xmas tree made by Kathy
Gingerbread Xmas tree made by Kathy | Source

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.

— Hal Borland

Goodbye 2015

Well, another year is coming to an end and I know for some of us it has been quite a journey. A number of my friends and colleagues have experienced hardship, sickness, lost loved ones and pets and suffered other traumatic events and understandably may be happy the year is almost over.

For me personally the year ended on a high with a positive December that culminated in a wonderful multi-cultural Christmas celebration with our eldest son Daniel, his wife Widya and their extended family. All trials and obstacles of the rest of the year were forgotten as we enjoyed the festive season and each other's company.

But whatever you say about the year 2015, you would have to include the word "eventful" in the description.

I originally included a list of memorable world events that made headlines in 2015 in this hub but it was difficult to find good news amongst all the terrorism, disaster and war related news. I wanted this hub to be inspirational and uplifting so I gave that idea up as too depressing and deleted that whole section, replacing it with the following brief list of literature published in 2015. I also included this tranquil scene below.

Notable Publications In Literature 2015


  • 13 - Paula Hawkins: The Girl on the Train


  • 16 - Tom McCarthy: Satin Island
  • 24 - Dean Koontz: The City(with bonus short story "The Neighbor": A Novel


  • 3 - Kazuo Ishiguro: The Buried Giant
  • 9 - Pam Ayres: You Made Me Late Again! My New Collection
  • 13 - Margaret Atwood: The Heart Goes Last
  • 24 - Harlan Coben: The Stranger


  • 21 - Toni Morrison: God Help the Child
  • 28 - Claudia Amengual: Cartagena


  • 19 - Neal Stephenson – Seveneves


  • 2 - Stephen King Finders Keepers


  • 14 - Harper Lee: Go Set a Watchman
  • 28 - China Mieville: Three Moments of an Explosion:Stories



  • 1 - Jonathan Franzen: Purity
  • 15 - Raymond Carver: Beginners

The Carriage Driver
The Carriage Driver
We are all led to believe that there is life after death... The hereafter or afterlife holds many mysteries for all of us. There does not seem to be any clear measure of what lies ahead. This work presents the instances where a person’s life has led to a carriage ride to the Promised Land



  • 3 - John Irving: Avenue of Mysteries
  • 3 - Stephen King: The Bazaar of Bad Dreams
  • 3 - Johnathan & Jesse Kellerman: Golem of Paris
  • 17 - Robert Hughes : The Spectacle of Skill: Selected Writings


  • 1- R L Stine: Goosebumps the Movie (The Movie Novel)
  • 2 - Mary B Craig: Lights in the Tree
  • 3 - James Lee Burke: House of the Rising Sun

Light in the Tree
Light in the Tree
A delightful fairy tale about a young girl with vision problems. Ann thinks the lights in the trees might be fairies, but due to her eyesight she's not sure. As she watches them night after night she begins to become convinced they are fairies and not just reflections of the moon as her mother told her.

Rest In Peace

Some famous writers, authors, and poets we lost in 2015.:

  • Jackie Collins - best selling author (Sept 19)
  • Lionel Gilbert - Australian historian, author, and academic (Jan 28)
  • Guenter Grass - Nobel literature laureate, novelist, poet, playwright (April 13)
  • Phillip Levine - former U.S. poet laureate (Feb 14)
  • Colleen McCullough - author "Thorn Birds" and "Antony and Cleopatra" (Jan 29)
  • Sir Terry Pratchett - fantasy author (March 12)
  • Ruth Rendell (Barbara Vine) - crime and thriller writer (May 2)
  • Ann Rule - true crime writer "The Strabger Beside Me" (July 26)
  • Robert Stone - novelist, author "Dog Soldiers" (Jan10)

May they all rest in peace.

My copy of Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough
My copy of Antony and Cleopatra by Colleen McCullough | Source

End of Year Birthday Wishes

  • 31st December - Happy 50th birthday to writer Nicholas Sparks, author of international bestseller The Notebook, Message in a Bottle and Dear John as well 17 other novels (seven of which have been made into movies).

Happy New Year 2016

Have you accomplished all you set out to achieve in 2015?

Add any tasks/wishes still outstanding to the top of your list of goals for 2016.

Plan your year so that you achieve at least one set goal every month.

Promise yourself small rewards for attaining each significant goal.

Yearn to enjoy the year ahead and make it fruitful.

Never dwell on the past and what you failed to accomplish the previous year.

Every day is important. Use the time you are given, don't waste it.

Write something every day. Aim to publish a certain number of hubs each week, month, or in the year.

Yesterday is gone, let it go An look forward to what lies ahead this new year.

Entertain yourself. Take time out to have fun n do things you enjoy.

Always remember to tell your friends and love ones how special they are.

Read! As many different forms of writing and genres as possible. The more you read, the more you will learn and the better we you will ultimately become.

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something.

— Neil Gaiman

My Writing Goals for 2016

One goal I set myself at the beginning of 2015 was to publish my 200th hub. I achieved that by 5th August with my hub "200 Published Works (If I Can So Can You)", now with the completion of this hub I have 240 by year's end.

My aim for 2016 is to reach 300 published hubs. I feel that is a good challenge, but certainly attainable. Another resolution is to start exercising more to get rid of the extra weight I have put on overindulging over Christmas (hopefully also doable). I'd love to hear what goals you have set yourself for the coming year. Please share in comments.

A small portion of Christmas dinner
A small portion of Christmas dinner | Source

© 2015 John Hansen


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