“‘Where did you go, if I may ask?’ said Thorin to Gandalf as they rode along. ‘To look ahead,’ said he. ‘And what brought you back in the nick of time?’ ‘Looking behind,’ said he.”
As I was thinking about what I might write for the newsletter this week, this quote from Gandalf came to mind. Like so many others, I’ve been both looking ahead with anticipation toward the holidays, but also thoughtfully looking behind as the year nears its end. What has been accomplished that I can be proud of, and what setbacks have kept me from doing more? No doubt all of us have fallen short of our dreams in some areas, yet we may have found unexpected blessings in others.
Joining newsletters with Renee and Joshua has certainly been one of those blessings for me. Through it I have found new friends, as well as fans, and have been challenged to branch out and try new things I hadn’t thought of before. I would say overall it has been a successful year, and all of you have been part of that success! So thank you for sticking with us each week, and for encouraging us to keep writing, blogging, and reaching for those coveted review stars that help us entice more readers.
The new year is always a good time to make a fresh start, and I’m already thinking about what I might do differently for 2017’s newsletters. But before I change things up, I’d really love to know what you think I’ve been doing well, and also how I can make my editions of the newsletter more interesting to you, the readers. I would be extremely grateful if you would take a few minutes to answer this short 4 question poll. Consider this my end-of-the-year review!
Next week’s newsletter will be a special Christmas edition, featuring a rare treat you won’t want to miss!
Also included in this issue:
- Medieval Menagerie: The Alerion
- Now Available – Check out what’s new from the WFF Authors
- Self-Editing: The Oxford Comma
- Fantasy Art
- And more…