Over the last year or so, my hon and I have been doing a lot of downsizing, getting rid of maybe 50% of our stuff. Which means I’ve been sorting through everything and taking a lot of trips down memory lane. I found this gem the other day. Based on my favorite miniseries when I was a kid. And apparently one of my favorite books. By the look of it, I may have read this book a few times during my youth. Check out the fine duct tape work on the spine.
This past year certainly had its ups and downs. Some days it was nearly impossible for me to even glance at the latest world news or venture onto Facebook or Twitter and see the turmoil that so many people have been living through. More than once, I was saved by turning to the world of fiction–both reading and writing it. Going along for the ride with a story’s characters is one of life’s greatest treasures for me, and that was certainly never more true than in 2017.
But this past year was also an amazing journey for me–both personally and professionally. I’ve learned so much and grown in ways I was not expecting. I’ve simplified my life, regained confidence, and found a more productive way of living and working. I couldn’t be more excited to see where this new year takes me. There has been a lot of turmoil and change in the writing and publishing world, but thanks to the support of all of you, I’m more excited than ever to share new stories in 2018.
THANK YOU to all of you who’ve read my books this past year. I’m beyond grateful to those of you who took the time to send me a private note or write a review. It means the world to me to hear from you.
I hope you all have a wonderful new year filled with much love and laughter and peace-filled days.
My hon and I just rewatched season one of the remake of One Day at a Time. Such a charming show. It’s funny and has heart. I can never make it through episode 9 (“Viva Cuba”) without crying. And the final episode of the first season is absolutely wonderful.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check it out if you can. It’s a Netflix original, and there’s a season two in the works.
“…when a person has no one around her accepting who she is, it’s even more important that she can turn on the television and see that, at the very least, someone out there in the world will accept and love her no matter what.” -German Lopez
“I wouldn’t come out for a few years. But when I did, I can genuinely thank a show like Will and Grace for making it easier. It became less about waiting until my parents were ready and more about waiting until I was ready.” -German Lopez
Books and TV have always been a big part of my life. I was a latchkey kid from the time I was pretty young. TV was my after-school and Friday night companion, and the shows that I chose to watch helped shape my values and worldview.
So it’s kind of neat to realize that, as I grew older, shows like Ellen, Will and Grace, Queer as Folk, and The L Word–as well as so many queer books that I couldn’t even begin to name them all–significantly changed my life. They allowed me to feel more comfortable with showing the people around me who I really was, and I will forever be grateful for that.