What a conclusion to the year we have had! I believe we are entering 2017 from a new place. I took a break from writing in October to go to rural Lorain County, Ohio to campaign door-to-door - talking to my fellow Americans, listening to different visions for America and pondering how we might find common ground.
I sent out a draft of my novel this year (based on my grandmother, Josie's life), with some positive feedback. It was a semi-finalist in the Elixir Press fiction contest and a finalist for the Chanticleer Laramie Western fiction award and the Goethe prize for historical fiction. After some further revisions, I hope to take it to a larger audience.
As the year wanes and I percolate many cultural and social firsts, I am drawn to the page. Writing helps me to sort and find meaning, to shore up the soul and move forward from a better place.