It seems this past year has had more than its share of tragedies. We lost a lot of beloved celebrities in 2016, it’s true. But we lose people every year. I’m not being cold or indifferent, I’m being realistic. It’s the circle of life. We live, and we die. I’m saddened by every passing. I just don’t see the sense in railing at the universe over the injustice of it all.  So many people have ranted on social media how they are ready to see the end of 2016. It’s their opinion, and they are entitled to it.

For myself, 2016 was one of the best years I’ve had in a very long time. I started a new journey in 2015 with endless possibilities, and my personal sojourn is just now gaining altitude. My first book was published. I attended my first book convention as an author, meeting incredible people, and forging new friendships with other authors and readers. I networked with so many wonderful people via social media through author take-overs and day to day interaction on Facebook and Twitter. I attended several local book signings which led to meeting more authors and lately, forming a support group, Southern LA Writers. And I wrote. While not everything is finished prettily with a bow on it, or published yet, I managed to write 2 more books, a novella, 2 short stories, and 2 more in the works. This past year has been a plethora of firsts for me.

2017 is going to start with a bang. I have a 3-day event in New Orleans I’m looking forward to. Though my aim is to meet people and sell books, I’m enough of a geek to enjoy everything that Comic Con has to offer. I’m going to have a blast, no matter what happens. While I have no other events slated for the year, I’ve learned that it’s early times yet and anything can happen. My plan is to focus on my writing. I’m still learning and have a long way to go. Who knows where this journey will lead?

For now, I wish you a very Happy New Year. May the coming year bring all you desire.

Till next year,

~ Madison



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