So Long, Farewell 2020

Many people have expressed how anxious they are to see an end to 2020, and I can’t really blame them. This year has certainly challenged us in so many ways. I could list them all, but that would be depressing. We’ve lived the challenging parts once, no need to keep rubbing salt in the wound.

BUT 2020 has also allowed us to turn inward and appreciate the people in our lives and a host of little things that we had perhaps been taking for granted. We started baking and working on projects we’d been putting off, going for walks and rediscovering what it was like to have a phone conversation with someone you haven’t seen for awhile. It gave us the opportunity to show gratitude and kindness and understanding. It forced us to spend more time with the people closest to us, to nurture our relationships and to appreciate nature. 

For this author, 2020 saw the release of, not only my fourth novel, but my first novel for adults. It had been a dream of mine for many, many years, one that seemed so very impossible the first time I decided that writing was something I needed to do.

I was thrilled to see my book make several CBC lists and also the Globe and Mail’s list of Hottest Summer Releases. That was an absolute thrill.

I thank all of you for the support you’ve shown me over the years, and during this year especially. I am so very grateful for so many of you who shared my newly published book on Social Media, and to those who wrote reviews and rated it. 

While 2020 didn’t allow for book launches and readings the way we would have normally seen, I did hold my NO-LAUNCH-BOOK-LAUNCH  here on my blog in July. Thanks to so many of you for dropping by and for supporting this local author. 

2020 also saw me retiring from my day job and spending more time at the keyboard. In early 2020, I was deep in the edits to my next middle grade novel, The Family Way, that will be published in April 2021. As I’ve mentioned previously, it’s the prequel to the Cammie novels and I’m so excited to introduce readers to Tulia May Thompson and Finny Paul, the main characters of the book.

So to sum it all up, so long 2020, I’m ready to release you into the Universe and invite 2021 to visit for the next twelve months. My hope is that 2021 will be a gentler lady than her predecessor. But, in the words of Tulia May Thompson, “….life doesn’t offer guarantees.”  

I’ll leave 2020 with this song from the Sound of Music and welcome 2021 with open arms. Happy New Year to you all!

 

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  1. See you’re using your shiny new internet to change up your blog look – nice! Happy and healthy New Year to you and yours – see you sometime…

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    • Yes, it’s been interesting, figuring out what all can actually be done when you have good internet. Yes, I’m sure we’ll be able to get together soon in 2021.

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  2. “The Sound of Music” is one of my favourite movies. As with every year at this time, I’m looking to see December end — it’s my least favourite month. For avid gardeners, our season begins in January. I’m already planning the garden and getting ready to plant a few seed potatoes in pots to grow over winter indoors. I’ll start a few herbs from seed, too. New life begins with the new year.

    Happy New Year, Laura. And congratulations on retiring and the release of your first adult novel.

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    • I didn’t realize that you could grow potatoes inside. Interesting!

      Happy New Year, Diane. Thank you for all the support you’ve given me and to other authors.It’s so appreciated. ❤

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  3. Wishing you a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2021. I think as writers, we have been lucky this year as we were able to keep busy. Look forward to your next book.

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  4. So good to focus on some of the perks of this strange year, Laura – and a HUGE congrats on your 4th novel/1st story for adults! I wish you all the best – and so many words! – in 2021. 🙂

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  5. Good internet … does that mean making the big leap from dial-up to broadband? Hey, I like the orange background. It does grab the eye. It seems you had a rather good 2020, one for a lot of writing. And, congratulations on retiring from the day job. No more dressing up, lol. 😉

    I hope ’21 is off to a nice start for you. Much good writing for you.
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    • Thanks for your good wishes, David. We now have fibre-op in my little corner of the world, such a step up; great tv and Internet! 2020 has certainly been challenging but I’m trying not to dwell on that. I’m looking forward to more writing time in the months ahead.

      I hope all is well with you and that you are still writing. Wishing you the very best in 2021.

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  6. Darlene Radu

     /  January 4, 2021

    Thank you for sharing and I am pleased to hear that your ‘high’ internet arrived as promised. Now you have no excuse not post updates and blogs.

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    • Darlene Radu

       /  January 4, 2021

      Thank you for sharing and I am pleased to hear that your ‘high’ speed internet arrived as promised. Now you have no excuse not post updates and blogs.

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    • Thanks, Darlene, but you may get tired of the updates. 😉 But yes, it will make it so much easier and less time-consuming. No tied up phone lines, either! I hope you and George had a good holiday. Wishing you all the best in 2021. Don’t we all deserve it by now?

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  7. Darlene Radu

     /  January 4, 2021

    Thank you for sharing and I am pleased to hear that your ‘high’ speed internet arrived as promised. Now you have no excuse not post updates and blogs.

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  8. Darlene Radu

     /  January 4, 2021

    Speed

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