My 2017

PS_Summer_2017_Proof3-1-200x268It was a very good year….

A story published

A Pushcart Prize nomination

An essay about aging 

and my thoughts on midlife crisis in the Washington Post

A submission a day and a novel in a month

Conference fun

Crime Bake
Crime Bake, 2017

Retreat dinners and fellowship

Retreat dinner
Clare House, 2017

Readings

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Hockessin Book Fair, 2017

Activism

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Mindfulness

Mindful tree

And my most beloved sprint friends.

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Sprint club at Pennwriters

 

2017 was also a sad year…

I lost my friend Josh, who was funny and smart and a rascal, and who helped me research all things Delaware. Rainbo 2

I said goodbye to my father and wrote a tribute to him.

What will 2018 bring? We’ll have to see, and I hope we’ll share it together, either in person or virtually.

Happy New Year, my friends! May the next year bring only good things.

2016, in Review

cropped-ramonagravitar.jpgA few days ago, I wrote a year in review post. I listed my 2016 accomplishments (Masters Fellowship in Fiction!), raved over writing retreats (all 6 of them!), and boasted about organizing a literary reading series that placed poets and prose writers in historical sites (5 venues and 22 artists—argh!)

As always, I let the post rest overnight. After 10+ years as an editor and I-won’t-tell-how-many years as an author, I have learned the habit of patience. Never hit Send or Post or Submit until you’ve allowed the Whatever a rest. Continue reading “2016, in Review”