Where do I even start? Is there any way to articulate how awesome you were? You were awesome AND fabulous.
This year totally rocked my world. It was full of so many great and wonderful things that I don’t even know where to start! Oh, wait, I should start at the beginning, right? Well, we’ll get to that in a little bit.
I made a promise to myself, way back in 2014, that I would live more. I have kept that promise and seem to have taken that as my own personal motto. Every year since 2014 has been filled with more and more amazing and wonderful things, experiences that I will always remember.
I know that I’m grateful to be living my life, to have the life I have. I’m so thankful for every moment, for every second, minute, hour and day.
Ready to relive 2017 with me? Okay, here we go:
My fourth book of poems, Living Beyond the Waves, was published. Each book of poems has had a theme and Living Beyond the Waves was about pushing myself beyond my boundaries, about living beyond the limits that I normally set for myself. It was well received and my favourite collection to date.
You can get your copy here:
February was spent in preparations for the wedding. Getting the invitations out, co-ordinating with the venue, the caterers. So much work but so worth it!
March was much the same. The wedding day was getting closer and there were still so many things to work out!
Michael and I celebrated our third anniversary on April 4th. I still marvel at the fact that we’ve been together for longer that three years now when it feels like I only met him last month. This anniversary was special, though.
Michael and I got married on April 15th and it was the most magical day. When I think of my wedding day, I can think only of joy, of cheer of happiness. All of our families and friends were there to help us celebrate the day that our hearts became one. I can’t thank Michael enough for becoming my husband. I am forever grateful for you.
We had our honeymoon in Costa Rica! It was my first time there, but it won’t be the last. It was like living in paradise for a week. It really was incredible. Sunny and gorgeous every day with wonderful food and amazing excursions. I can’t wait to go back!
When we returned from our honeymoon, my new novel Lust and Lemonade was published by Renaissance Press. It’s the first book in the Lemonade series and I couldn’t be happier with Renaissance or with the book being out! It’s been so well received, and people have loved it, so that’s awesome! The second book was also accepted by Renaissance Press so look for that in 2018.
Get your copy of Lust and Lemonade here:
As if that weren’t enough for April, I did my 4th MS Walk on April 30th. We had a great time this year, though it was very cold! Because it was so cold, we managed to do the whole five KM in under an hour. That’s freaking awesome!
May saw the publication of a book I was very proud to be a part of. H. A L. O. was published and it contained two of my non-fiction pieces. I am very proud of my work in this book and so honoured to have my words included amongst so many other talented writers. My two pieces in the anthology are called The Love Tree and The Flower of Thankfulness.
I started working on my memoir Little Yellow Magnet. The memoir focuses on what I went through with my diagnosis of MS and what I did to get better and be thankful for my life again. It was a long time in coming and it felt like the right time to start it.
In July, I was invited to appear on The Author’s Journey with Mony Dojeiji. The Author’s Journey is a half hour program that features different authors talking about their journey to becoming an author.
Here’s my appearance on the show!
In August, it was my 39th Birthday. Michael took me to Orlando so that I could do to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one more time.
To me, that is the most magical place on Earth. It was great to revel in the world of the books I love so much.
In September, I got a new tattoo! I wanted to add a Wolf to my Expecto Patronum tattoo. I had it done by Patrick at Living Colour. What a joyful experience it was! Living Colour is wonderful and Patrick is amazing. I’m so happy with the final result! I got it on my left calf. The MS is strongest on the left side, so hopefully my Wolf Patronus will keep the darkness away. 🙂
I even took part in my first ever book launch for one of my books! It was great meeting readers and (gasp!) reading a bit of Lust and Lemonade out loud! I had so much fun!
In October, I attended Can Con 2017. This was my very first convention as an author. I was sitting on two panels. One that discussed the connection between two characters in romance and the other was Spooning with Spoonies. This was so important to me as it discussed sexuality and disability in fiction, something that isn’t often addressed.
I was invited to be on The Couch with Shannon and Erica. They invited me on their live internet radio show to talk about my writing. I talked about my writing, what I was working on now, my new novel Lust and Lemonade and took calls from callers. I had such a great time and it was a joy to be on their show.
Watch the show here: https://www.facebook.com/dunetonline/videos/672167762988487/
In November, I finished the first draft of Little Yellow Magnet. It was such a gratifying book to finish, such a cathartic piece of non-fiction to write. I’m working on the edits now and then we shall see what happens!
We also went to Cuba again! It was awesome. The people are wonderful, the resort is gorgeous and the sights breathtaking. We went with Rick, Mike and Brenda and we all had such a good time. We went to Manzanillo and it was so lovely just to get away from the cold and take in some sun.
December saw a lot of magical things happen. My novel, Lust and Lemonade, made it on a Top Ten Books list for 2017. None of the books I’ve written before have ever been included on a list and that makes it special for me.
I released my Holiday novella for 2017 titled Love and Two Keys. It was actually inspired by two ideas: what was it like coming out of the closet as a kid and a family legend of a friend of mine. I decided to combine the two stories and see what would happen. I’m thrilled with the result!
Download your copy here:
I was honoured to have a story I wrote published in 150 Canadian Stories of Peace. This anthology was put together to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday and to bring more peace into the world. My non-fiction story is called Welcoming in the Light.
It’s available in paperback https://www.amazon.ca/150-Canadian-Stories-Peace-Anthology/dp/1927803179
Or in ebook format: https://www.amazon.ca/Canadian-Stories-Peace-Gordon-Breedyk-ebook/dp/B077XND2CZ
I was also very honoured to be asked to write a piece for The Gift in the Darkness by Brian D. Calhoun. He asked me to write about the gift that I found within the darkness of my divorce. I couldn’t be happier with how the piece turned out. My piece is titled Clearing Away the Smoke with Fire. I am so proud of how it turned out.
You can find The Gift Within the Darkness here:
All in all, it’s been an incredible year. I have so much to be thankful for! I married my best friend and the man of my dreams. I had one book of poems, a novel and a novella come out and had my work included in three different anthologies. I met people that became friends and family of the heart. I was on TV and the radio and I have so much to be grateful for. I look back at this past year and it’s a wonder that so many wonderful things happened this year.
I am so blessed and I am so fortunate and I am so incredibly lucky to be living the life I have. I have so much to be thankful for. I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for me!
Bring it on!
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