2016 started off much better with things improved at home, the release of my second novel, and my first visit to Hawaii. But 2016 delivered sucker-punches as well. A longtime family friend was accidently shot and killed by a twenty-something boy playing with a gun. Another dear friend passed as well, after a thirteen-year struggle with cancer.
And 2016 wraps up with the election. For a plethura of reasons, as well as being a woman who: has survived sexual assault, is the mother of African American children and a gay child, the sister-in-law and aunt of Latino family members, cousin to Asian Americans, close friend to all of the above plus Middle-Eastern and Jewish friends, to say that I am unhappy about the election results would be a gross understatement.
Christmastime is my favorite, but for the second year in a row, I struggle to get into the spirit. Remembering blessings helps. Most of all, that my immediate family members are doing well physcially and mentally. We are currently safe, and blessed with everything we need and then some. Doing what I can, in donations of time and resources, to help others in our neighborhood, city, and across the earth, helps me not to feel powerless, and capable of adding good to this volatile world.
Oh, and I completed NaNoWriMo last month, with the first draft of an urban fantasy romance. Or maybe it's something else. I'll let you know when I finish the re-write. I suppose I'm pleased, but writing a novel that may be good entertainment, but is certainly not life-altering literature, feels like spilled sugar on the counter, compared to the tempest of issues currently roiling across our nation, and the globe.
2017...remains to be seen. I have some exciting things to look forward to: The San Francisco Writers Conference in February, and my first trip to Italy in the summer, and always...more writing and hopefully more published work. I also have fears, but it MUST turn out better than I imagine.... I'm hoping this is like when I go with low expectations to see a movie. Mine are SO low for the 2017 political scene, that surely whatever comes will seem great by comparison?
To my readers, I wish you peace, love, and beauty during this holiday season. I wish you a new year filled with blessings and hope, for relief from any and all struggles, and for health and safety. "God bless us, every one."