Tag: 2015


2015: A Year in the Life of a Writer


MLA 2015

With my Laurel at MLA 2015!

We are safe and sound, back from all our holiday travels. Christmas for us meant a few days to enjoy with friends, family, and too much food. It was made bittersweet this year with the passing of Shane’s grandfather, who lost his fight with pancreatic cancer a few days before Christmas. So, right after getting back from festivities, we drove to northern Wisconsin for his memorial service. More time with family, for hugs, and tears, and still lots of laughter through it all. Then, we had three days–three blissful days–off after the new year to celebrate at home together. We celebrated the new year in the nerdiest way possible: at home, with delicious homemade food, while watching Lord of the Rings and playing the card game simultaneously. Yes, we’re that cool. And I absolutely LOVED it.

Out for an autumn stroll in Mankato

Out for an autumn stroll in Mankato

And now 2016. I spent some time this weekend looking back over 2015 as I documented it here on this blog. And I must say: WHAT A YEAR!!! Last January, sitting in my tiny duplex in Bemidji, I could not have imagined the journey that has taken me to this moment in Mankato.

Remember my garden?! I miss it SO much!

Remember my garden?! I miss it SO much!

Here are some of my favorite events from 2015:

My first blog post EVER!

I’m on TV!

The book release party!

My Golden Birthday!

Going on a book tour!

Moving to Mankato!

Being a Children’s Librarian!

The Highland Games!

Nominated for the Minnesota Book Award!

That’s a lot of exclamation points. But, as you can tell, a lot of exciting things happened in 2015. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for us!

Outdoor movie/game night was one of my favorite 2015 memories!

Outdoor movie/game night was one of my favorite 2015 memories!

As I mentioned in my last post, my word of the year for 2016 is GRATITUDE. If I could have chosen a word for 2015, it would have been DREAM. So many dreams came true last year, and I can’t thank everyone enough for your love, support, and constant encouragement.

I love this guy--and this book! ;)

I love this guy–and this book! 😉

And I’ve got plenty more dreams for my writing, my career as a children’s librarian, school, and ready for more adventures with the love of my life.

I’m looking at you, 2016!

Happy Monday!