2013 was, for me, a year of blessings and transformations, new adventures undertaken, new friends made, old friendships deepened, pleasures shared, treasures safely held onto, and a few dreams let go of. A pretty typical year, by that description.
In reality, although my life isn't exactly typical ever, I'd say this year was exceptionally not so, thanks to some great friends...
|Cat Isles, author, patron, sometime business partner, and generous friend.|
During a writing assignment for an art class, I met a mouse named Lucie..
|Lucie loves bread and cheese, negligees, and Italy. Wait, Italy? I think that's a different adventure!|
|I seem to have taken more pictures of bookstores than of the panoramic scenery.|
|Most of the merry band of revelers I spent a week with at La Cascade in Durfort, France.|
|Sing every Broadway tune ever written? Sure! Swear in French-a-la-southern -gal? Sure! Behave badly at the dinner table? Repeatedly!|
|Oh, and we made books. That was what the class was all about, after all.|
And now I'm currently writing the final chapters of Lucie's adventures, Postcards From Lucie, a novel for middle-grades readers, and beginning to shop for a publisher!
|Watch for Postcards From Lucie, coming soonish (we hope) to a bookstore near you.|
With my friend Cat, I published three more issues of the magazine we started in 2012...
|Cat with our friend and constant mentor, Maureen Carlson, in a 2012 photo. We were too busy to pose for photos in 2013, I guess.|
May your new year be filled with deep love, bubbling joy, grand adventures, abundant prosperity, and the very dearest and sweetest of friends.