Happy New Year! I hope your transition from 2022 to 2023 was a good one, and that the coming year holds only wonderful things for you.
It was a pretty great holiday season for us, on balance. Definitely not without its stressors and mixed emotional situations, but the actual holidays? They were actually wonderful. Incredibly, last week was the first time in almost six years that both my brothers and I were all in the same city at the same time! One of them lives in Austin and the other, in Hong Kong, and it was a delight — especially for our parents — to have us all home in Houston together.
So from a personal standpoint, things have been pretty good.
In looking over my stats for the year, my blog remains most popular in North America and in English-speaking countries around the world. (Hardly surprising, since I write in English and am based in the US.) The series I run here tend to be highly popular, too, including Monday Earworms, Witchy Weekends in October, 12 Days of Holiday Music, and — the perennial favorite — the Poem-A-Day series every April for National Poetry Month. Look for those to continue in 2023.
This past year I performed some restructuring of the blog’s content, too, which is reflected in the tabs at the top of each page and the organization of content (both new and old). For example, I added pages where you could read excerpts from the books I have in print, here and here and here, and also galleries of some of the fun stuff I make, such as jewelry and poetry art cards. I continue to strive to make the blog a place where you can get to know me a bit online, to see some of the important parts of my life and my interests. And it also remains a more dynamic location for news about what’s going on here in Authorland.
My intention is to continue the blog for the foreseeable future. In 2023, look for more content, too, on my eco-friendly efforts, my writing projects, my classes you can take (more are on the docket for this year, including poetry, fiction, and now creative nonfiction!), and other stuff I love, among other things.