This year has been a huge mixed bag for me.
January had a trip to Breckenridge with The Beer Guy, then rats (!), then moving in with aforementioned Beer Guy.
February, I turned 40 and published my first book (The Cardinal Gate is currently on sale for $0.99 – get yours today!)
In March, we celebrated the Beer Guy’s birthday, and I spent a lot of time with friends.
In April, Alvie Bean turned five. I can’t even with that information, and that was months ago. I also started a new job!
In May, the Beer Guy and I went to the coast, where I started the outline for what will be the Oracle Bay series (due out Fall 2018).
June was amazing. I got to see NKOTB (and I TOUCHED JOEY JOE MCINTYRE!) and then, at the end of the month, The Waning Moon came out!
August was busy AF. I did my first (and only!) book reading/signing at a local bookstore, and then, courtesy the Beer Guy, had champagne after with an assortment of my favorite local people!
There was also an eclipse and a kittening.
In September, my boy started school and had his first ER visit in 4 years!
In October, Alvie started a new kindergarten (he’d been on the waitlist for the Spanish Immersion kindergarten and we got a place at the last possible moment) and the Beer Guy & I went to Puerto Vallarta with his family. I have zero pictures of us together in Mexico, but I swear we were there! Last, but not least, I released my third (3rd!) book, The Ruby Blade (on the best of all holidays, Halloween.)
November…was kind of a shit show. Presumably good things happened. There was Thanksgiving? And a triumphant return to karaoke after a couple months off. And no one got expelled, and I had my first ER visit in 4 years!
And now – this year is nearly done. The last 2.5 months have been some of the hardest months I’ve endured in ages. The last 2.5 years have been hard. I’m so, so lucky to have so many bright spots.
I have three books published, and plans to publish 4 next year. I have an up-and-coming freelance business and my calendar is almost full for the first half of 2018. I have a dayjob that pays me in money, a healthy kid who is hopefully losing his first tooth right now, and a patient, wonderful partner who has put up with a lot of shit this year and swears he’s sticking around.
I’m really looking forward to 2018. I’ve got some big goals for next year, and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you!
I hope your holiday season has been filled with light, happiness, and the family of your choosing. See you next year!