The Best and the Worst of 2017

The Best and the Worst of 2017

On the news I hear the question, “What was the worst thing that happened to you in 2017?”

I don’t usually dwell on the negative, but my answer was Samhain Publishing closed down in February 2017 leaving me without a publisher and wiping the six books I had with them off the market and the two that were under contract in limbo. Mostly what it meant was a lot more work and cash outlay for me. In order to re-release them I’d have to reformat them, rewrite the blurbs and contract for new covers. That’s a slow process in the best of times, but I’ve made progress, releasing two of those books, Cleo’s Web and A Month From Miami, with a third, A Forever Kind of Guy ready to go.

Another major “bad” thing that happened was that for the first time in 14 years I lost my health insurance for six months because I didn’t work enough hours the last half of 2016 to keep it. Luckily I’m healthy and didn’t need it and worked enough the first half of 2017 to reinstate it. I hope not to make that mistake again!

We had to say goodbye to Pepper in 2017.

Pepper, December 2012

I just remembered another “bad” thing that happened. I met an editor at a writer’s conference who told me everything I was doing wrong in my writing efforts. I recounted that experience here if you want to read about it. But like most experiences we think of as bad, it’s actually just a turning point or a lesson we can learn from as we move forward on our life journey.

The good stuff of 2017? First thing that comes to mind was a trip to New Hampshire for the hubs big birthday celebration. That means my family is all together at the same time which doesn’t happen often. My daughter and her husband made a retrospective video using photos and old videotape from when they were kids. It was a labor of love for them and brought back so many good and fun memories for all of us.

Another good thing? I finished rewriting White Roses in Winter and released it in November. Talk about a labor of love. I think it is the best book I’ve written to date. Funny thing is this book was not even on my writing to-do list for 2017.

And I can’t forget my bathtub! You can begin reading about that saga here. As I write this, that project is not quite finished, but I expect it will be one of the good things that happens in 2018.

I attended two writers’ conferences in 2017 and got a wonderful price break on both of them. Got to meet new people and network with other writers and hear some interesting speakers.

FWA conference
FWA conference RPLA awards banquet
Barb haircut
Barb’s haircut December 6, 2017

After toying with the idea for a couple of years, I cut all my hair off, too. Eventually there will be a blog about that experience, but suffice it to say, I think it’s something every woman should do at least once in her life.

There may have been many more good and bad things in my life during 2017, but mostly it was like every other year, and I try to appreciate both, prioritize what’s important and keep moving and growing.

Thank you for your support. Wishing you all a happy, healthy, productive and successful 2018!

1 Comment

  1. Charlene

    Happy New Year to a an Awesome neighbor!!!

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