New Year's Eve is a mixed bag. I never know how I'm going to feel when the clock strikes twelve. It all depends on what happened the year before. Most years, the event is one of quiet celebration. It's a time to reflect and enjoy. Of course, like everyone else, I've had my share of clunker years, the ones so filled with worry or sorrow that they make you want to sprint toward midnight so you can start over. But every once in a while, there's a really good one, a year filled with celebration and joy and dreams coming true. 2009 was one of those years.
- My debut novel, Neil Armstrong is My Uncle and Other Lies Muscle Man McGinty Told Me, was published!
- And it got some really nice reviews (including two stars) and made the NY Public Library List of 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing!
- It was made into an audio book. I got to listen while it happened!
- I learned a little about being a published author and celebrated the release of my writing buddy's awesome book.
- There was a surprise party.
- I interviewed Neil Armstrong's nephew and met Buzz Aldrin and had a Twitter interview with my terrific editor.
- Scholastic Books Clubs chose my book to be part of their Arrow book club (see page two of the brochure).
- I had a short story published in Storyworks Magazine with incredible illustrations by Kyle M Stone.
If I could, I'd take 2009 and wrap in up in a big red bow. Happy New Year! Hope 2010 is a red bow year for everyone!