OK, I realize it’s mildly absurd to be writing a Happy New Year post in the middle of February, but here we are, so let’s do this!
New Year’s Resolutions
Did you make any? How are they going for you?
Mine was to make 2023 the year when I finally figure out how to be happy doing less. That doesn’t sound hard, unless – like me – you’ve always used your productivity as a measure of your self-worth. Which is straight-up exhausting and, now that I’m officially middle-aged, seems less and less sustainable over the long term.
Progress wise? It’s not going well. See below.
After 18 months of self-doubt, recriminations, and the most difficult and gruelling research I have ever attempted, I finished the first draft of a new manuscript! Currently scheduled for release in 2025, the contents are still top secret. What I can tell you is that the project has an official GIF, and it is this one:
But I am so proud of the work I’ve done so far, and I can’t wait for all of you to read it! In 2025…
I worked full time on this project during the month of January, which meant ignoring all the other things that kept popping up in my email. Which meant that, when I sent the file off to my editor, I did not REST as per the dictates of my NY’s resolution. I started right in on catch up. Which, in my own defence, attempting to rest with a brim-full to-do list is a non-starter.
The catch up is almost caught up, which means I’m going to have to try “sitting with the discomfort” of not immediately starting something else. “Sitting with discomfort,” as the name might suggest, is pretty uncomfortable, if not downright torturous. But I promised Tech Support, and my therapist, and myself, that I would try. Stay tuned for further updates on that one…
Polar Scores a Star!
The first review of Polar: Wildlife at the Ends of the Earth has come in, and Kirkus gave it a star! Here’s the link to the full review, if you’d like to check it out.
I’m booking Polar-themed school visits for May and June – contact me if you’re interested in learning more.
I’m also scheduling a number of book launch events that will be open to the public. Click here for the full schedule – I’d love to see you!
That’s it for now! I hope 2023 is off to a roaring start for you, too – if you’re so inclined, leave me a comment sharing your own news. I’d love to hear what you’re up to.