Joy to the World!
But I Digress: December 2023
Seven years ago today, I stepped into a therapist’s office for the first time and proceeded to blubber for the better part of an hour. Things seemed quite dire at the time, primarily because it was four days before Christmas and my mother was giving me the silent treatment. I was adrift in the uncertainty around whether I’d be spending Christmas alone. What I didn’t realize back then is that profound loneliness can be felt even in a crowded room filled with merrymaking.
So much has changed for me since then. Most importantly, I’ve created new traditions with members of my family of choice, and now can bask in a sense of peace—much more so than I can recall since my dad passed away. I’ve also found my own version of “cozy” which I firmly embrace!
As we pass through winter solstice, we’ve come to understand that the lack of daylight has the power to affect some of us quite profoundly. The same goes for the overconsumption of sweets. I find that brisk walks with the dogs help me maintain good physical and mental health. Their joy seems to be boundless and is contagious!
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I’m thrilled to report that I am now represented by agent Jennifer Thompson with Nordlyset Literary Agency. I appreciate Jennifer’s enthusiasm for the seeds of ideas I’m planting for my next book about my prosecution of Amy Senser. I look forward to having her expertise on board while I harvest the many lessons and themes from this particular story. So much to write about! 😃
Crossing Fifty-One continues to do well, and I’ve set a goal to find a home for the production of an audiobook version. I know many of you have asked me about an audiobook, and I hope to have one available in 2024!
I’m also proud to share that Crossing Fifty-One has won an award. I try not to put too much weight on these things, but I will admit it does feel good!
December podcast recommendation:
As usual, I’m a latecomer to this podcast, having only first learned about it this past summer, when Jason, Sean and Will took it on tour. I’ve enjoyed every episode, even when they interview someone with whom I’m unfamiliar. Somehow, hearing about how creative geniuses struggle with their inner critics is quite comforting. Also, did you know that you can be rich and famous and still struggle with feeling okay?
December book recommendations:
My friend and author mentor Nita Sweeney has just released this lovely little book that’s perfect for maintaining a meditation practice without feeling overwhelmed.
I read the book All the Light We Cannot See many years ago and loved it. I’ve not yet seen the Netflix series, but have heard good things. So there you have it!
And finally…I’m knocking on the door to 60 ratings/reviews! Can you take a minute to leave one HERE?
~ Whatever you’re celebrating and however you celebrate, I wish you peace, love, and joy!