I’ll admit that I had visions of writing some sort of fabulous New Year’s wisdom for my January blog. It would be witty and insightful and erudite (ok, maybe not erudite, but I’ve always wanted to work that word into something and this was my chance), and I would somehow say something that no one else has said about the year we just barely survived and the new one we’re desperate to make better.
Then I had to change the cat litter box and order groceries and make my 17-year-old do his chores and I got over myself.
The bottom line is: 2020 was awful, for all of us, for everyone all over the world. But it was also amazing. Human beings innovated and created and problem-solved in ways we could never have anticipated a year earlier. Yes, I am a glass half full kind of gal. 😉
So now here we are in 2021 and this is what I see from my front porch: HOPE.
If I do the “choose your word for the year” thing that’s the one I’m going with–hope. And no matter how much negative news I see, or how many dumb politicians do dumb things, or how many awful statistics about COVID land in my inbox, I’m not going to give up hope.
Here are some of the things I’m hoping for in 2021:
A publisher for my first book with this pen name. It’s the story of a big family in a small Colorado mountain town. Glade Lake has drama, sibling rivalries, lifelong friendships, romance, and of course cute dogs and kids.
A community with my readers. I’m so fortunate to meet the people I do with this writing thing. I hope to meet a lot more of you this year and to spread our love of books far and wide.
A big safe in-person hug with my 80 year-old parents.
A chance to take a trip safely with Mr. Abby.
A normal college experience for teen boy when he starts in the fall.
An in-person book signing at my local independent bookstore.
That all your hopes come true!
Now I want to hear what your hopes for 2021 are! You can comment here, or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!