“We try to grab pieces of our lives as they speed past us. Photographs freeze those pieces and help us remember.”
I’m a picture fanatic. Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll tell you that a camera is never far from my hand. I love that we can document the moments in our lives — the memories, the milestones, and the ordinary experiences that are extraordinary in their own right. As 2010 draws to a close, I thought I’d take a look back through the lens of a camera.
It snowed a bit – and by a bit, I mean that it was the snowiest winter on record:
March brought spring weather, the opportunity to meet author and actress extraordinaire Carolyn Hennesy, a fabulous Carrie Underwood concert, and the start of my querying for With a Little Bit of Luck:
One of my favorite days all year was May 19th, when I had the chance to meet and talk with New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin. She’s a true inspiration, and I’ll remember this experience always.
NYC in June was wonderful – Central Park, finally seeing Wicked in person, and meeting another favorite author and true writing inspiration, Allison Winn Scotch:
The summer was … rough. Really rough. Unexpected loss and unexpected injuries made for a difficult time for my family and many others. Among all the sadness, pain, and frustration, though, there were a few bright spots. The American Idol concert was a much needed distraction in the middle of a very bad week, and a postponed trip to the shore was an oasis of calm, inspiration, and probably my favorite writing time all year. I began Reflections of Me in August and it quickly grew into a joy unlike anything that words can describe. That novel is my heart.
With a brisk chill in the air and a blanket of golden, amber, and red leaves rustling to the ground, fall was a relatively quiet time. I finished Reflections of Me in mid-October and can honestly say it was an experience like no other. I’m in the middle of the long – and sometimes difficult – querying process now, but whenever it gets discouraging, all I need to do is think of how much I truly and wholly adored writing that book and going on Sofie’s journey with her. I cried when I finished, and no matter what, that novel will always, always, always be my baby and writing it will forever be something I cherish. I happily worked on it nonstop, every day, but I did find time for a few NYC adventures along the way, including seeing Melinda perform at Carnegie Hall:
Back to winter again: full circle in some ways, so far beyond that in others. It’s been a holiday season filled with light and love, family and friends.
Sometimes pictures really can speak a thousand words. I’m so glad to have these in my 2010 scrapbook. I’ll be back with another year-in-review post soon, but for now … well, I think I’ll go find my camera and document a new memory.