Are We Feelin’ 22 Yet?

Amanda Bussman
6 min readDec 30, 2021
Photo by Mike Enerio on Unsplash

I feel like one of the best ways to usher in a new year is to over the last one. It’s time to reflect on what worked and what I intend to improve for 2022.

2021 gave me my first introduction to Medium.

I’ve been a member of Medium since January 2020. It took me two years to find the courage to start curating pieces that were for me. My very first .8 was earned in May. I was over the moon to see that maybe I could find a way to provide for myself while expressing my own thoughts and emotions.

My total isn’t quite $10 for the year, but I feel like I accomplished something.

I posted 21 pieces in 2021

Only one of these has 60 views.

Marvel Just Jipped Us With Natasha Romanoff was distributed back in August. That was the biggest surprise to me. It was nice to see that something I’d written and self-published had garnered attention. Not only was it being distributed, but, comics are primarily what I would like to write about.

I tied up both of my “worlds” so to speak when I published Wandavision; An Intense Look At Grief & Loss. This was an article that connected my love for comics to the loss i’ve experienced over the past 11 years.

My biggest highly has been posting a few pieces of my fiction worlds. I was a little apprehensive just because it felt so personal. There was a part of me terrified that someone would comment that I couldn’t cut it and they were terrible.

The Chalk Outline is a piece that’s relevant to the time and also one that has so much more history than what is included here. A couple of kids with powers of supernatural origin trying to find their footing in a difficult landscape of current time. I wrote this back in 2020 when things in this country seemed to be going downhill fast.

It’s still one I intend to expand on one day. Avey’s world is a complicated one.


Our protagonist is figuring out how to live in the world after tragedy. She’s a young adult who just watched a couple of her friends murdered on Halloween the past year. Her life is a mess and she’s trying to find a way to balance herself.

A Tale of Two Truths

Amanda Bussman

If you're looking for a writing coach and someone who is working through generational trauma, you've come to the right place. OH! I hope you like Taylor Swift!