The time of year and thinking about them and Jihan (who just had a heart transplant) put me in a reflective mood. This has been a big year for me. Some of the highs and lows:
Released my 1st novel.
Threw a fabulous release party for about 150 of my closest friends and relatives.
Travelled coast to coast promoting first novel.
Met Nikki Giovanni (and in October even hosted a dinner in her honor!), Walter Mosely, Stacy Hawkins Adams, Therese Fowler, Judy Merrill Larsen, Kris Radish, Donna Hill, Donna Grant and Virginia DeBerry to name a few of the cool authors I met.
Made it to #1 on the Denver Post best-seller list and #4 on the Amazon list of novels about mothers & children.
Sold TV-movie rights to 1st novel.
Heard Barack Obama speak in person (in the VIP section no less)!
Won an award.
Watched my cat experience a miraculous turnaround when I thought she was going to die soon(her kidney levels have actually improved! i credit the wet food).
Planted a peace garden.
Took my 1st ride in an ambulance.Spent my 1st night in an ICU (1st night in a hospital period).
Had my 1st hospital "procedure."
Lived to tell the tale (one day).
Finally met Lou Gossett (who's been a great supporter) in person. We watched Joe Biden's acceptance speech in Lou's room at the Brown Palace.
Finished my 2nd novel.
Started my 3rd novel.
Attempted and failed NaNoWriMo.
Caucused and voted for Barack Obama!
Launched a new blog.
Made my 1st viral video (which was so fun I want to do another).
Published an essay in the Washington Post (which went on their news service to 600 other newspapers).
Joined Goodreads, Twitter and Facebook.
What were some of your 2008 highlights? Happy New Year! I hope 2009 brings us all better health and finances and more reasons to hope and believe.