Year-End Update

A small pause to note the changing of the year.  Normally I use the occasion to make the same resolutions, again, and drift around from celebratory ritual to celebratory ritual.  Ham hocks and black-eyed peas, bonfires, sage smudging, I’ve tried it all.  But this new year, it actually feels like the next year will be significantly different than the last.  For the first time in my life, I feel both security and forward momentum.  In early November, my boyfriend and I bought an spacious apartment in Jersey City, and we instantly became a destination for friends and family over the holidays.  At Christmas, he thoughtfully gave me all the necessary components to make my work-from-home space actually work.  And then, we adopted two cats from the local shelter.  The overwhelming sense of love and security is so acute it makes me want to cry.  At the same time, I’m embarking on new “day job” editing gigs, while I eagerly await the publication of my first book, Paradise Lust: Searching for the Garden of Eden, happening in August.  For the next couple months as I sort this out, every day is going to be different–a fact which I’ve been told, will disturb the cats.  The mythography angle here is slim to none I know, except that all of this is so new to me–home and pet ownership, happy relationship, book authorship–that I am sure I will spend all of 2011 and probably, much longer, busting my own myths I’ve created for myself over the years.  Stay tuned, and Happy New Year!

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