Now, with a cat stretched across my legs as I type through the first evening of 2014, cutting off circulation to my feet yet purring nicely, I'd like to say "welcome" to the New Year before us. It feels great to be turning the page!
In my case, this is literal as well as figurative--there are a few changes ahead that I can foresee, as well as any number of those that will hit me broadside or from behind. This website is new, for one, in the vein of taking 'the author game" up a notch and starting to focus on writing fiction rather than the personal essays that got me started when I launched my "Running with Stilettos" blog a few years ago. NOT that I'm abandoning "Stilettos..." et al...by mid-year there ought to be a "Best Of..." collection of my favorite essays available on Amazon.
But there are also a couple of Young Adult novels that are works-in-progress at the moment, and a circus-themed series of children's books just behind them on the back burner. And who knows, if I can add a few more hours to the day, I may finally once again pick up the suspense novel I started a few years ago. Serial family emergencies had derailed my ability to keep a train of thought going for very long, but I'm an eternal optimist. I just need to teach the pets how to do housework...
Seriously, while I crave writing (and chocolate) like I need oxygen, I also have a very different "wish list" for the new year. And that is simply that this new trip around the sun brings us health, and luck, and resilience, and the warm feeling of our arms around the ones we love. Because without our connections to each other and to the natural world around us, we are truly adrift and lost at sea.