2016 was a harsh year by any standard. We lost so many wonderful people. Too many to list here. I’m sure I’d leave somebody off and offend someone, so I’m not even going to try. And then there was the election – that horrible, horrible day when this country voted for a narcissistic homophobe to rule this country!
But 2016 had some high points for me, as well. I ended up with four books coming out in 2017, so that’s a plus. And then there were all the wonderful events I got to attend with my lovely wife, Laydin. The activities started in March with a guest spot at the JEWEL book club in Dallas. The women there are so gracious and Sandy is by far the hostess with the mostest. April meant it was time for the LoneStar Lesfic Festival. This is an annual event that takes place in Austin in April every year. There are lots of readers and writers; with panels and readings. If you’ve never gone, you really should.
June was Houston Pride. Always a good time with authors from all over the state coming together to sell our books.
July was a huge family wedding for us followed by the GCLS Con in Washington, DC. Another great event with readings and panels that if you’ve never attended, you should. It’s going to be in Chicago this year. It was an excellent time, and culminated with me winning a Goldie for Summer Passion. A great time was had by all. Later in July was the BSB retreat where we learned a TON of stuff about writing. Made me a better writer. That’s for sure.
September rolled around and it was time for Dallas Pride. We had authors from as far away as Kansas City and LA. We had a blast. October was our annual trek to Provincetown for Women’s Week. Once again, I caught the Cape Cod crud, but it was worth it. We had so much fun. We hung out with old friends and made some new ones. And, of course, sold and signed books.
Earlier this month, we did a book selling/signing event here in Houston with Dallas author Jaycie Morrison. That was a lot of fun, as well.
So yeah – even though there was a lot to regret about this year, I had much to be thankful for. And I have much to look forward to in 2017. I am, of course, dreading the inauguration and all that will follow, but I’m hopeful that my family and friends can survive unscathed.
I wish you all a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2017.