Yes, it’s time for that annual ritual of looking back across the last twleve months as a way of steeling oneself for the onslaught of the upcoming year. I’ve done this for the last four years on this blog, starting in December 2007, one year after I decided, as a last resort, to self-publish The Best Laid Plans, and then in December 2008 and again in December 2009. So here we are reminiscing about 2010.
If you had told me a year ago what 2010 would hold for me and my writerly life, I never would have believed you. I still can’t fathom my good fortune (and I know some will be getting tired of me saying that but…). Here’s a quick summary of my authorial blessings in 2010:
- In January, the manuscript for The High Road was completed and submitted to McClelland & Stewart and my editor Douglas Gibson.
- In February, The Best Laid Plans was named a Finalist for Canada Also Reads, the National Post‘s answer to CBC’s Canada Reads, and was defended by Andy Maize of the Skydiggers.
- In April, The Best Laid Plans was unveiled as the Waterloo Region’s 2010 selection for One Book, One Community.
- In May, I started to podcast The High Road chapter by chapter finishing in October. (And people listened.)
- In September, The High Road was published (McClelland & Stewart), shipped to book stores across the country, and earned some wonderful reviews.
- In November, The Best Laid Plans was named one of the five finalists for the 10 anniversary edition of CBC’s Canada Reads to be defended by the incomparable Ali Velshi.
See what I mean about feeling blessed? It was a truly wonderful year for which I am just so thankful.
When I can draw my eyes away from the bright light that was 2010, the coming year looks inviting, even exciting. I have a raft of readings and appearances from Pelham to Banff, Grimsby to Ottawa, and Brantford to Hamilton. You name the town, and I’ll probably be there. As well, I’ve nearly finished the outline for the as yet to be named novel #3 (the working title is Making Space but it’s a long way from final). The outline is a big deal in my so-called “process.” When it’s done (in the next week or so I hope), the actual writing of the manuscript should take about eight months of weekends. I’m eager to get back in the writing mode.
So farewell 2010, and thanks, it was amazing.