It’s always a little bittersweet this time of year, saying goodbye to the previous year and ramping up expectations for the new one. In terms of the writing life, 2013 was very quiet for me (exhibit A: this blog). That’s not to say I wasn’t writing—I was! I finished one book, and drafted two others. But with no new books out, I was laying low on promotion, and staying off social media for long stretches of time. It was a time to recharge and reconsider my goals and expectations about writing.
Of course, the other major reason it was quiet was because I had a baby. When I look back on 2013, it was the most amazing year of my life. Everything changed, so radically and with such suddenness, that I am still in many ways catching up to this new reality. Becoming a mom has been the most profound joy I can imagine. In some ways it’s the perfect balance to the challenges of authorhood. It’s keeping me optimistic, grounded in my priorities and aware of the bigger picture and it’s giving me reasons to step away from the keyboard now and again and just be in the moment.
This time last year, it was all about preparing for that big change. Anticipating 2014 is wholly different, because I really have no idea what to expect, and to tell you the truth it’s kind of snuck up on me between deadlines and snuggling time.
I do know this: The paperback for Pretty Crooked is out in February. And then Pretty Sly drops in March. There will be promotion, and events (including a blowout launch party with details to come), meeting readers, hanging out with authors and school visits. There will be lots more writing, with my current and upcoming projects to complete. There will be more reading, now that the little guy sleeps through the night and I have two brain cells to rub together. There is a lot to accomplish and a lot to strive for, new hopes and new growth ahead.
Whatever you are doing and whatever your goals for the new year, I wish you pure awesomeness. Okay, 2014: Let’s do this!