Saturday, December 30, 2017

2017 in review

The best and the worst of 2017…

When I look back, a lot happened during 2017. Some of it good, some of it not so good.



This year my eldest kitty (he’s the black one), Toby Diamond, turned 15. After suffering vertigo back in September of 2015, he’s still a bit unsteady on his feet and loses his balance if he turns corners too sharply. But he’s not one to give up or give in. My motto has always been Onward & Upward and it’s his as well. It took two years before he could again jump back and forth from the sofa to the coffee table. And now that he can, he does it all the time.

The younger one, Domino, celebrated his tenth birthday with a makeover—his trip to the vet to have four teeth extracted also included a free mani-pedi and grooming. Did I mention his doctor just loves kitties? Apparently, Dom likes him, too. I’ve had to take him back twice since then—once for ulcers under his upper lip and more recently for an ulcer in his right eye which I’m glad to say I caught in the very earliest stage. He didn’t much care for all the meds, but at least they worked and he’s just about back to normal.

The loss of All Romance eBooks was a huge blow to both authors and publishers alike. I’d hoped to see a replacement, but with so many complaints about poor sales I won’t hold my breath.

On the good side, I’ve joined a couple of blog hops: Weekend Writing Warriors at http://www.wewriwa.com/ and MidWeekTease at http://midweektease.blogspot.ca/. Both of which are great places to discover new authors and new books. In October I finally got the last of my back list reissued which was also good. Or so I thought until I received news of the impending closure of Loose Id LLC. This means I’ll have 4 more orphans to rehome when I receive the reversal of my rights in June 2018.

I have a bunch of works in progress, and I’d hoped to finish and release something new this year: the first in a new m/m gay series, Stories from The Fountain, and another book in the Amethyst Cove series. But for various reasons none of that happened. I could probably come up with a dozen different excuses as to why. Such as the strange up and down weather we had for most of 2017, or the fact that last Christmas I was given two industrial-size garbage bags of yarn which sent my creative urges in a whole different direction. I solved most of my Christmas list by crocheting afghans as gifts for friends, and I also knitted a bunch of scarves and headbands for the residents at the local YWCA.

2017 may not have been my best year, but it was far from the worst. 

Happy New Year! 

Christiane

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