Is anyone else as anxious as I am to see 2021 getting smaller in the rearview mirror? We’re almost there, folks! I kept writing, of course, though almost grudgingly. I’d always suspected there could be times in a writer’s life when writing what you know might lose its color in claustrophobic grey. Now I know for sure. But, you know as well as I do that this too, shall pass. Right?
The next best thing, sometimes the first best thing is reading. After immersing myself in 30 + books this year, I can honestly say I enjoyed each and every one while adding more than a couple new favorite authors to my list. For instance: Harlan Coben, DK Hood, C. Lee McKenzie, and Lisa Regan. Matt de la Pena gets honorable mention for his engrossing novel, “Mexican WhiteBoy” – and for nearly making me a fan of baseball 😉 In addition, several books by ‘old faves’ Dean Koonz, John Grisham, and yes, Stephen King (Billy Summers) rounded out nicely a year in which if books had calories I’d be visiting Read-Watchers by now.
I watched a few really good, movies this year too:
“Mr. Church” Eddie Murphy is outstanding!
“The Magic of Belle Isle” I watched this 3 times!! Morgan Freeman…
“Wish You Well” Peanut butter for the soul
“Troop Zero” Unforgettable for so many wonderful reasons
“Mud” An excellent coming-of-age adventure. McConaughey is brilliant!
Meanwhile, no less than three scammers attempted fraud on one of my books this year. It would be laughable if it wasn’t so infuriating. However, they did not succeed and all is well. But I do want to warn other authors/writers to thoroughly check out every source on each and every unsolicited offer you receive for any of your work – published or otherwise. One source I do trust is Writer’s Digest, as well as Script Magazine.
Yet America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson