(photo by Dan)
This year I read 60 new books, as in books I had never read before, and I'm guessing I may have another one read by New Year's Day.
My top favorites were...
• Cat Stories by James Herriot
• Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
• The Rim of the Prairie by Bess Streeter Aldrich
• The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis.
The search for a house swallowed up much of the year. At the very end of August, Dan and I finally found and purchased a quaint and unique 1950s ranch. We are in the process of painting, and I'm hoping to be moved into my library-writing room by January 1st!
I did tons of journaling in 2013, even if I ended up shredding up all of my journals, something that I found out later didn't work for me, but was not completely devastating, thankfully.
Because of the overwhelming search and the feeling of being in between homes, I finished less writing than usual. I still managed to start 14 short stories and was interested enough in one of them to revise it. It's titled "The Strength in Song" and was written in my temporary writing place (the front den.) I am waiting to hear back from a few magazines about it.
I also completed my blog's about page with a wide-angle view of my life and writing.
At the very end of 2013, I was given the gift by Writing Our Way Home (a site run by Satya Robyn and Kaspa) of 31 days of joy, an e-course. Throughout December, I've been receiving daily emails that include poems, creative quotes, and prose inspirations about joy. The email meditations are like little dancing candle flames. Their warmth and beauty make them easy to remember and ponder throughout the day. I've been journaling responses to many of the questions and thoughts in the emails, which have been tremendously healing.
2013 closes with the tender realization that the lives of our loved ones are fragile, precious, and deserve our attention.
It closes with the hope of...
• beginning a novel in 2014
• reading new books (including classics) and rereading old favorites
• continuing to practice yoga and meditate
• drawing close to God in prayer and life
In celebration of the new year, I am giving away a copy of Afterwards, a novel by Satya Robyn. Enter below, if you'd like.
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