If you’ve been keeping your fingers crossed that 2018 will finally see that One Directionreunion we’ve all been waiting for, it might be time to start managing your expectations. According to Niall Horan‘s solo plans for next year, it doesn’t sound like he’ll have much time to meet up with his former bandmates for a comeback after all.

Since Niall released his first solo album, Flicker, in October, he’s practically been drowning in record sales. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, but then again, knowing how beloved the Irish cutie was during his 1D days, is that really that surprising? And now, in a new interview with The Daily Star, Niall is talking about what’s next for him, and it sounds like he’s got a lot on his plate in the coming months. For the immediate future, Niall’s taking some time off to relax and hang out with his family in Ireland. But then, he’s getting right back to work, touring and preparing for album number two. Yes, already.

“I’d say over the course of the year I’ll start writing,” Niall said. “With jamming at sound checks and things like that, things always come up – little riffs and bits and pieces.”

Makes sense. While he’s on tour he’ll be playing music almost every night, so it’d be hard not to get inspired. Niall also revealed his plans to work with Julia Michaels, who’s heading out on tour with him next year — and whose breakout hit “Issues” has been all over the radio lately. In fact, Niall called her “one of the best songwriters on the planet,” which is obviously a huge compliment. Maybe they can make some magic together for Niall’s next album?

It’s definitely heartbreaking to hear that Niall’s schedule might be a bit too busy to reunite with the other guys, but it’s not like he’s the only one with a full schedule. Harry Styleshas been killing it lately, and with Liam Payneand Louis Tomlinsonworking on their own projects right now, it seems like everyone’s good with doing their own thing for the time being. And as long as we keep getting music from the boys, does it really matter if it’s separate or together?

Knowing how awesome Flicker was, we can’t wait to hear more from Niall in 2018, even if it means One Direction won’t be getting back together just yet. That day will still come… maybe. Eventually. Hopefully?

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