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Hello again, and how are you, Blissful reader?

While I’ve been away from this blog, I’ve been hard at work. My book is finished. Yup. I’ve mailed queries to my list of favorite literary agents, and now I’m sending out partial manuscripts (and one full) as requested, but mostly I’m just waiting for news. I feel strangely maternal about sending my book out into the world. Good luck, my book! Be safe, be beautiful, be magical. I hope one of the agents will love you as much as I do.

I suppose I’m now in a transition period of sorts, creatively. I’m coming up for air before diving into the next ocean. I’ve started gathering materials and inspiration for my next book, and I’m starting to read about poetry, the brain, the craft of writing, leaves, and everything in between.

I have lots of hopes for this year, some having to do with my writing, of course, but also aspirations about how I live. For example, I want to find balance.

Thomas Merton:

Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony.

I imagine it as similar to painting a picture. Somehow in the impulse of putting brush to paper, the artist finds a rhythm, a harmony, between cool and warm colors, wash and detail, light and shadows. Art transcends when it’s a cohesive whole, when a thread–sometimes invisible–runs through its disparate parts and holds it together. I think the same must be true of life too.

(And speaking of painting, I hope to do more of it this year.)

Blissful reader, what are you planning for, hoping for, this year? Whatever it is, I wish you courage and inspiration for the journey.

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