Rear View Mirror

2015 is about done.  What better time than now, on this last day of a year filled with ups and downs, to take a look back at all that happened.  And what better way than to just grab the photos.

Work in progress at the first of the year was my hard crime novel, A BLACK WATER SEASON.  It went on submission in February.

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Abigail, (a.k.a.) Miss Priss was born a month premature on February, 8th.

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March roared in and my father passed.  Who knew that Christmas 2014 would be his last?

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In April, I received the wonderful news that my Southern fiction novel THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE sold to Kensington!  This was a bit of a twist with regard to the submission of A BLACK WATER SEASON, which was passed on by the editor at Kensington, however, he asked to see something else.  I’m glad I had that “something else!”

It all became very real when the contract arrived from my agent.

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And even more real when I received the first part of an advance!

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Spring came late, even though we may not remember it now, it took a while to warm up to our usual temperatures.

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And during the Spring, I began work on a new book, working title THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET.

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In the late Spring, came my FIRST EVER edited pages from my editor.  Yes, red pencil marks and all.  It’s considered work, but I loved it.

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We took our usual trip to the mountains in the RV, and I got some more writing done and filled the days with long walks where I found this little guy who’s become the header pic on the blog here.

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Before I knew it, late summer arrived, and Mom turned 79.  Here she is with Miss Priss on our back porch.  When I look at her eyes, I see the sadness in them, even though she’s smiling.

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Fall came and my first ever writer’s conference, Bouchercon!  Even though this conference was more in line with the genre of mystery/crime novels, (signed up while I was writing BLACK WATER) I still enjoyed every second, and most of all, meeting some of the folks I interact with on other blogs, like Colin Smith, and the notorious shark herself, Janet Reid!

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I swear I looked out the window one day and this happened almost over night.

Fall 2013

Thanksgiving was hosted at our house, and in what has become a tradition for me, I had Christmas decorations up too!

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And it was a first for Miss Priss!  (Uh oh)

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And “Mister” offered up his contributions to the festive events!

And now, we are here.

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It’s hard to believe, isn’t it?  Here’s to the New Year, and may it be filled with all you wish for!

HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL!

 

 

 

 

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