What have I been up to?
First, the good news. My husband and I have been raising our two amazing sons, ages 4 and 9. I suppose that’s the fullest of full-time jobs. We hit up all the playgrounds in NYC, have countless playdates, eat croissants from our favorite bakeries, walk on The Highline, ride bikes in Riverside Park, eat dinner in our roof garden with friends, and spend many hours at the New York Public Library (yay, Bloomingdale Branch!) checking out stacks of books.
Somehow in the crevices of free time this past year, I’ve revised my young adult novel, EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN, and just turned in the latest draft to my editor. It’s 350 pages, 5 teenagers, 4 years. Will be out in Fall 2015. I also wrote and sold (!!) my first middle grade novel (!!). Since I have my very own, very enthusiastic middle-grade reader, I was eager to try writing for my son’s age group. And I loved it. More details on title, etc, soon. Look for this one in Summer 2015.
And now the maybe good, maybe bad news. Anyone who knows me know that I’ve gotten terrible migraines my whole life. They come, I’m floored for 5 hours, and then they go away. Well, last fall I got a migraine that stayed for over two months. Yep, for real. I look back at last fall and have no idea how I survived. Thanks to an excellent team of doctors, I did survive and I’m a different person for it. I don’t sweat the small stuff as much (and I used to be a big sweat-er of small stuff). I appreciate any moment that I’m not in pain. When I do get a headache (and I’m still getting a lot of them), I tell myself that it will pass.
I had no idea I would be grateful for a health crisis, but I (mostly) am.
So…it’s been a year of life. And a good one.