2009 has been a wonderful, magical, beautiful year around here, and I'm sad to see it go. I feel like I'm standing on a dock waving a hanky as this fantastical ocean liner is pulling away. Farewell, 2009! Thank you for everything!
I spent half the year growing in strange new ways.
And the next half nurturing a tiny, beloved new creation.
I loved being pregnant, and as for motherhood . . . Motherhood surpasses anything I could have imagined. I keep wanting to try to capture it in words, but so far I haven't attempted it. Maybe I'm afraid that I won't be able to make the words line up in the right formations to convey what I'm feeling. The magnitude of it. I'll just want to use a lot of superlatives and say, "It's so amazing," and that just won't cut it. I am going to try, though. Some time, but not today.
As for marriage, it just gets better and better.
How cool to discover there are still whole untapped new ways to love somebody!
In all, it was a year of bearing fruit. The seeds that had been planted in the previous year flowered and fruited. Clementine was one fruit (and appropriately named!), and Lips Touch and Silksinger were the others. My books, my beautiful beautiful books! Thank you, Jim, for the "beautiful" part! Thank you Putnam and Arthur A. Levine Books for putting them in the world.
It's been incredibly gratifying to see Lips Touch getting attention! It started with the thrill of the YA Editors Buzz Panel at Book Expo in late spring, and peaked with the wild surprise phone call from the National Book Foundation in fall. Two trips to New York this year, both completely unanticipated! To top it all off, Lips Touch made the "Best Books of the Year" lists for both Publisher's Weekly and NPR!
It has been a phenomenal year during which I have really felt like a writer, which is what I have always wanted to be.
So much goodness and excitement. The support of an amazing family; great friends, both here and abroad; new friendships blossoming; a relaxing beach retreat; a lot of work on the house, and more. Thank you, thank you, 2009!
The one sorrowful note was the loss of our darling Leroy.
May he be waiting for us at the riverbank in the Moonlit Gardens.