Then get busy and find out how to do it."
— Theodore Roosevelt
2015 was a year of doing. Not as much writing as I'd have liked, but many events. For those who might have missed some of them on Facebook or my blog posts over the year, here's a recap of what took place.
Eveline Horelle Dailey's novel, The Drum Made from the Skin of My Sisters, is a fictional account based in truth about two young girls from Iran and Afghan-istan who are saved from horrible deaths and brought to the USA, where they reside with a recently widowed French ex-patriate who eventually adopts them. Read more here.
Rita Toma's first young adult novel, David's Ghost, deals with a teenage girl who struggles with her ability to see ghosts. David is the most recent, asking Megan to find out who murdered him. Struggling to be accepted in a new town and a new school, Megan wants anything except to be talking to ghosts no one else can see. More info . . .
Ellen Buikema's first chapter book for chil-dren was just published and is receiving great reviews. I edited the text and typeset the pages, which included artwork by my daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Engel. Charlie learns life lessons about moving to a new town and school, making new friends, and dealing with life's ups and downs. His pet fish, Frankie, is particularly lovable. If you are looking for a gift for young readers (grades 0–3), The Adventures of Charlie Chameleon: New Beginnings might be just right. Learn more here.
Soon to be published, Joyce Sorensen's first book is a memoir about her life with her husband, Dick and is written in his memory. They met at age 15, married at 19, struggled with dysfunc-tional families, Dick's deployment to Korea, and eventually Alzheimer's, which took Dick to his own world, leaving Joyce alone. In a rare, serendipitous moment, lucidity returns, and they again share the great love that was the hallmark of their life together.
Release date: February 14, 2016, from Two Cats Press.
October brought more book sales at Sun City Grand's Oktoberfest, an annual event held at the community where I used to live (and a hop and skip from where I am now). It's always great to get back there and see my friends.
2015 was busy, indeed. Despite that, I managed to amass 130,000 words so far in the first draft of my new epic fantasy novel for young adults called The Rift. A few more chapters and that draft should be complete—then on to editing and polishing. While I'd hoped book one of The Rift would be finished sooner, I vow you'll see it this year. I've also promised the students that I'll complete book five in the Bruce and Friends series (Bruce and the Road to Freedom).
I hope you had a great 2015 and that 2016 will bring more joys and successes to all of us. Thanks for taking this journey with me!