On this final day of 2008, I’ve done a bit of reflecting on the events of the last year. As a collective whole it has been a year of ups and downs—from the magnificent Olympic Games in Beijing to the meltdown of Wall Street. However, as I reflect on my own person ups and downs of 2008, I discovered that I had much more checked in the up column.
So, here are my Top 8 of 2008:
1. Completed my second half-marathon in January. 2. Became a first-time aunt with the birth of my beautiful niece, Lauryn, in April. 3. Had two books published—one in May, the other in September. 4. Sold two more books—one in June (I think), the other just a few days ago! 5. Made a life-changing decision to leave my beloved New Orleans and move to Austin, TX back in September. 6. Survived hurricanes Gustav and Ike (including the scary morning of tornadoes from Ike’s feeder bands). 7. Saw history made with the election of my country’s first black president. 8. After nearly six years and countless dollars, discovered I do not need Starbucks in order to write!
Wishing you all a happy, safe, healthy 2009. See you next year!
Continuing my tour throughout the blogosphere, join me today at A Place of Our Own for the Twelve Days of Christmas Extravaganza! There's a fun holiday interview, and you have the chance to win a bunch of books.
National Buy a Book by a Black Author and Give It to Someone NOT Black Month!
Just in case you didn't know it, December is Buy a Book By A Black Author and Give It To Someone Not Black Month! Seriously, I think this should be a year-round thing. Seriously!
It is the brain child of author Carleen Brice who invites non-black readers to try a book by a black author. Check out the official blog, which is fabulous.
And speaking of fabulous, her new YouTube video will, hopefully, have you cracking up. At least I did. Maybe it'll also convince non-black readers to give black authors a try. Our books really are not different. I promise!