Damn, another decade down, a new one has arrived!
To say the 2010s were good to us, on the whole, would be a matter of perspective.
We began the decade going back to college, in year one of my writing career, and just going through the rigors of being in the independent, and then traditional, publishing industry. The kids were still young, trying to sort through their lives and what they wanted to be when they grew up, and we were trying to find our way as parents at the same time.
We've had wins (NYT Bestseller status, worldwide recognition, college graduates), had losses, just like most everyone else, of course. We've been blessed through it all, thanks to family (blood and extended), friends, associates, and strangers along the way.
This "Roaring 20s Redux" I'm hoping will bring a whole different perspective for me. I'll be turning 50 during this decade, an age I never thought I would get to when I was a young knucklehead in the 90s. Now, I can't wait to see what this new phase of life will bring.
Sadly, this will be the first decade I will bring in without my father. For those who might not have known if they don't follow me on social media, I lost my father due to complications of lung cancer last February. At the time of his death, I was fighting on two fronts: helping my Beloved through her Breast Cancer fight and helping my mom and my sister with keeping my dad in the fight.
To say he left an imprint on me would be an understatement. My voice, both in cadence and inflection, my extrovert nature, my love of history, and my ability to attain and retain the most useless information known to humankind all came from him. It will be both frustrating and interesting to see what that will look like moving forward. My mom, my Beloved, and my sister already said they can see a lot of his mannerisms in me. I don't know if I should be scared or if I should be laughing about that, but only time will tell that tale! Still, I know that he will still be taking a peek from time to time, advising in his own way.
I feel like I'm rambling, but isn't that the point of a blog? My mind and thoughts are all over the place LOL!
I'm buckling down to prepare for my first release of 2020, Love, Lust & Beautiful Liars in late February. I'm still running through the manuscript as we speak, and I'm definitely enjoying the way this is manifesting itself. Once I'm done with that, it will be time to get back in the midst of things with my favorite Dominant Couple, Ramesses and Neferterri, to begin the next installment of my Nubian Underworld series.
Happy 2020! Talk to you soon!