Author of Adult & Young Adult Romance

Monday, December 19, 2016

Another Year: A Thanks to 2016!



Every year during this time, I reflect on the months that’ve gone by, of all I’ve done and seen and the people I’ve met. And, of course, I think about what I set out to accomplish at the beginning of the year and what I actually got accomplished. Goals—that’s the word. Luckily, blessedly, I saw a great deal of goals through to fruition, some beyond, and some fell by the wayside. 

I published my first young adult novel, had a few successful book signings, and attended my first bona fide Geek Fair. 

I read A LOT—more so than I have in past years. Books of all genres, too; I wasn’t picky. 


I met the members of my favorite band, The Moody Blues. I’m still over the moon about that. 

The day job budded and bloomed into a new passion for me: politics. I even helped write and edit state legislation (just a tiny bit, but still…it was really cool to be a part of such an important process!). 

My kid went in to speech therapy and has improved more than I could’ve ever hoped for. He now gives me attitude in complete, comprehensive sentences. 

Little Brother started college at Mississippi State (Go Dawgs!) and yours truly helped move him in on Official Move-In Day. What an adventure that turned out to be, especially in three-hundred-degree heat and up and down several flights of stairs WITH a four year old in-tow. Whew! But my brother has grown into an impressive young man and I'm inexplicably grateful to my parents for his raising. Over Thanksgiving, we sat on the couch, feet curled beneath our butts, just talking about life and all the places we want to see. He's currently traveling through the gorgeous green hills of Kentucky and Tennessee and having a blast. I'm so proud of him.

I'd love to read the goals you reached this year, what stands out to you, what surprises arose and the stories that made for a memorable 2016! Cheers!

Peace, Love and Junior Mints,








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