This blog has been egregiously neglected, and as I sat down this morning to write about the past four months, I said to myself: why not just recap the past year…it’s already the end of December.
But 12 months is a sizable chunk of time to recap without writing an entire book (and I have enough of those to deal with already), so in the interest of expediency, I’ve rummaged through the photos on my iPhone and am uploading one from each month. This should make this post less laborious to read (and more importantly…to write).
So here it is. The year that was 2013:
I spent the first three months of 2013 working furiously to finish the first draft of my middle grade novel (the one starring Humphrey that I’ve blogged about before). One morning, we had this beautiful fog. Since fog plays an important role in the novel, I had to stop working and take a few pictures.
More serendipitous weather. It started snowing one afternoon in February as I was writing a chapter involving a snowstorm. The snow didn’t last long, but it sure was pretty.
I finished the first draft! A monumental feat…at least for me. I’d never written anything as long before! Here is a picture of my father’s cat, sitting in my little sister’s lap, reading the manuscript.
I’m going to cheat a little here, and post two pictures. April was both a very sad and a very happy month. After sixteen and half wonderful years, I lost my best friend Huckleberry. This is one of the last pictures taken of him, sleeping in the sunshine:
I was also offered representation by my literary agent, Lara Perkins, as this fortune so fortuitously predicted:
Lara sent me some revision suggestions in May, which I began working on. But I also took a bit of a breather, to stave off creative burnout. Plus, my novel takes place in the dead of winter, on a bleak, rocky island…how could I work on it when the weather looked like this (the photo is of my neighbor Margot’s garden, which looked especially fine this year):
A new addition to the family: Bertie. I think his smile says it all.
I’m going to cheat again, and post two photos, but this will be the last time. A week in Sonoma with old friends (pictured here at “Broadway Under the Stars” in Jack London State Park)…
and new friends (fellow writers Evelyn and Stacey and my agent Lara).
A 50-year wedding anniversary for my dear friends the Joyners (pictured here with my sweet mama). A very fun celebration. 50 years! It warms my heart.
Another warms-my-heart celebration: a quick trip up to Pennsylvania for my father’s surprise birthday party. Happy Birthday, Dad!
In conjunction with the revision to my middle-grade novel, I started a picture book project back in August. In October, I finished it. Whew! (Its fate is still to be determined.)
I didn’t take many pictures in November, and the few I did were mostly of the dogs doing doggy-type things (i.e. sleeping). So, here is a picture of fall leaves on the side patio. Obviously, I was very busy working on the novel revision and more picture books.
Handel’s Messiah and Christmas Eve service at Duke Chapel. Two holiday dinners: one at my sister’s and one with friends. And now the year is over. Hard to believe. So much joy (and sadness, too) but all in all, a pretty momentous year.
Here’s to 2014. May it be as full as 2013. Happy New Year, everyone!