Dec 31, 2015

Happy 2016!

Thanks to Mary Lee at A Year of Reading for hosting 
2016's first Poetry Friday Roundup! 

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2015 was an interesting year. I traveled to France and St. Lucia in the winter and spring, negotiated my first book contract over the summer, embarked upon an editing frenzy, ushered in my boys' teen years in October, and then learned that my publisher was closing in November. As the emotional dust settled following this news, I found myself in a strange place—no longer tied to deadlines and pre-publishing tasks, I suddenly had a lot more time on my hands. 

Because the holidays were imminent, this extra time turned out to be a huge blessing, and I enjoyed the most stress-free holiday season that I can remember, proving that—surprisingly—even this particular cloud had a silver lining. I’m not sure what 2016 will bring, but I am excited to see. This publishing journey is one filled with ups and downs, and MANY twists and turns (a lot like a great book, actually).

Because it is Poetry Friday, I'm sharing Robert Burns' Auld Lang Syne today. I hope you enjoy it!

Auld Lang Syne
by Robert Burns (1759-1796)

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my jo,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup o' kindness yet,
For auld lang syne...

To read the rest of Auld Lang Syne (and a wonderful history) click here

Happy New Year! May your 2016 be a year filled with JOY. HEALTH, and FUN!


  1. Thank you for the nostalgic "Auld Lang Syne" tempered and "redeemed"--more than balanced-- by the brightly cheerful virtual message! ...I'm sorry for the publishing disappointments, and glad they led to holiday happiness. Having spent nearly 19 years in publishing, it is quite an interesting roller-coaster business, without a doubt!...I can't help thinking that the title of your site summarizes the way our life weaves; but tapestry is regal, majestic--so I wish you a year fit for royalty! ..God bless you!

    1. Thank you so much! I love the image of life's regal and majestic tapestry!

  2. I hope you sign an even better contract in 2016. Have a very happy New Year!

  3. Happy New Year! Here's to fewer clouds, but if they must come (as they must), here's to silver linings!

    1. Thank you, Mary Lee. Silver linings are always welcome! = )

  4. Hey, I was singing that last night :) A happy and blessed 2016 to you, dear Becky!

  5. Thoughts of you, joy, and a Happy New Year! You have so much knowledge about the publishing process now. I hope you find just what you're looking for in 2016!

  6. Dear Becky,
    So glad you found the silver lining hidden under the cloud of gloominess and disappointment!

    Continue to believe in you and your writing.
    I believe in you
    Happy New Year!
    Never Give Up

  7. "This publishing journey is one filled with ups and downs, and MANY twists and turns (a lot like a great book, actually)." -- great comparison!! Happy New Year, Becky! Glad you were able to savor your holidays!

  8. Happy 2016, Becky! Hope this year has more ups for all of us. Good health, good work, good moments!


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