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2021 turned out to be one of the absolute worst years of my life. I will not go so far as to call it my worst year ever, but I will say that it was a close second.
We didn’t get much writing done, you and I, in the past year. Plans got derailed. Opportunities were missed. Financially speaking, our writing/illustrating business survived, but it will be a real challenge getting back to where we were a year ago.
Couldn’t be helped. Under the circumstances, things could have ended up being a whole lot worse. I want to thank you, dear muse, for being patient with me, for biding your time while I struggled, and for waiting until the situation improved. I needed that time to deal with this past year’s problems, and I needed time to heal from this year’s problems as well.
As I already said, 2021 was only the second worst year of my life. I’m sure you still remember the first. I’m also sure you remember what happened next: how our writing and our art flourished, how the year that followed my #1 worst year became one of my absolute creative best! Nobody asks for hardship, but hardship has a way of preparing us for change and for growth. After all the problems of 2021, I am eager to see what we can accomplish in 2022.
So in the year to come, dear muse, I’m asking you for a gift: the gift of words. All the words! Surprise me—no, shock me with your wildest ideas. Break the molds I’m used to for all my stories, knock me out of the comfortable grooves I’ve settled into over the years. Test my limits. Challenge me. Make me write things I never imagined I’d write.
This past year was awful for me, but that’s behind me now (I think). So muse, bring me all the words! I’m ready!