We didn’t get around to sending out cards this year. It’s been busy and in some ways not particularly festive, but we’ve had worse years, so there really is no excuse. Time just got away from us.
Which happens more and more lately. So in lieu of a card (which we promise to send out next year) I thought I’d post this and for those of you who come by, we can wish you well and hope for a terrific next year.
We had Changes of Great Significance happen in 2011. I signed with a new agent(s) and promptly spent a good chunk of the year rewriting a pair of novels at their requests, which is a good thing. The attention they have given me, shown my projects, has increased my optimism and I now have real cause to believe this writing thing will work out. For Jen and Stacia I am most grateful and wish them particularly wonderful holidays.
The two novels in question are much improved.
Donna is free from a job that was slowly killing her. Money really isn’t everything, not when it comes at the cost of health and well-being and the time to do anything worthwhile with it. We were able to put enough in the bank that she can be a bit choosy in her next job and I can still concentrate on my writing. For now.
I acquired a new camera and have begun—tentatively—to do photography again.
Most of our friends are doing okay, some better than others, but none of them are in dire straits. We haven’t seen enough of most of them. (Sorry.)
We didn’t take the trips we’ve been intending to take—but that’s been true for a few years now. Perhaps with the time we now have we can do that.
I started working part-time for Left Bank Books, doing a kind of goodwill public outreach task to bring people into the stores. I have no idea if my efforts had anything to do with this, but they showed a sharp increase over last year, especially in the downtown store (which is the one for which I was hired to act) and this is a Good Thing. The people who work there are great, every one of them, and now that I’ve seen it from the inside, so to speak, and I can say that a special thing is going on there.
I read a bunch of good books this year, which I’ll talk about in January (still reading) and we ate some great food, made some good music, smiled a lot, and have come through in good spirits.
We’re both going to the gym now, something we haven’t done together in many years.
It’s been okay. It will be better. So while I apologize for the lack of a card in the mail, please accept this instead and know that we wish you all well and look forward to another year on a planet with such fine people living on it.