Every year offers its ups and downs. Some years are certainly better than others. But 2016 will be a banner year for me for three very big reasons.
1. I Turn 50 Years Young
Yes, this November I will hit the half-century mark. And I’m not sad about it. Sure, my body hurts in places in never used to. My memory trips me up now and then.
But I am grateful to reach this milestone. So many of my friends of younger days didn’t, casualties of addiction, AIDS, and cancer. Also, I have lived half of my life as a woman. For that, I am so grateful.
And while I’m not as spry as I used to be, I am not slowing down. I’m gaining speed, pursuing dreams with vigor I’ve never experienced before.
2. I Celebrate 20 Years of Sobriety
In July, I celebrate two decades since the morning I woke up after a suicide attempt to end the crippling pain fueled by depression, a transphobic/homophobic society, and an abusive husband.
Learning how to live without alcohol wasn’t easy. Facing the fear, anger, guilt, and shame, along with a history of rejection, abandonment, and poor choices was brutal. Programs like AA, CoDA, ACoA and a women’s circle known as Garden Club provided me the tools to tear down the bombed out city of my mind and build something new.
My hard work paid off. I am sober. I am married to an amazing woman (and have been for much of these past 20 years). I am financially debt-free. I have a job. And I have a motorcycle.
3. My Debut Novel Will Be Published
I’ll be honest, I wish this milestone had occurred much earlier in my life. After all, I first got the writing bug in the late 1970s, early 1980s. But I’d like to think these past 35 years have provided me a wealth of experiences and wisdom to draw upon.
So a few days before I celebrate my sobriety birthday, my debut novel IRON GODDESS will be published by Random House’s Alibi imprint. In the book, female motorcycle builder Shea Stevens is forced to team up with her estranged, outlaw biker family to rescue her niece from drug traffickers.
If that sounds like something you’d like to read, subscribe to my mailing list. I’ll keep you updated about when it will be published without filling up your mailbox with spam. I’ll even be offering freebies and exclusives.
There Will Be More to Come…
With all of these major milestones coming up, I’m still trying to take life a day at a time. There will be unexpected challenges. But this too shall pass. Life will go on. I am optimistic and excited.
Now go read a book!