Friday, January 4, 2019

Year In Review

In a an hour it’s going to be 2019. In some ways 2018 felt like it flew by and in other ways it lingered. I mean the Winter Olympics happened this year. ‘Nuff said.
I did attend a few shows this year.

Went to Breyerfest.

Graduated from college.

Traveled to Punta Canta.

Made tack. I didn’t create as much as other years. But streamlining techniques and improving the quality of my work more than made up for it.

On the real horse front, I finished my final semester for IHSA.

Helped give pony rides.

And rode in a parade.

But really, 2018 was the year of the book.

I finished painting a book mural.

Helped  teach a few Author 101 classes.

A few short stories were published in an anthology (and it’s about a cat!).

Penn State sent me to a workshop through Madcap Retreats/We Need Diverse Books about writing cross culturally in Tennessee. It was phenomenal and I got to hang out with so many cool people. I mean how many people can say Laurie Halse Anderson (author of Speak and Chains) introduced herself to them in line for food?

In September I went to Texas for another retreat through Mapcap Retreats/ We Need Diverse Books. Being able to hang out with such talented people will never get old.

For the past few years I’ve always had goals for the new year. Usually they fell into blog more or maakeee all of the tack. This year I’m not making a list of things I want to accomplish. Sometimes it’s easier to just see where things fall. I do have a few things set up for the new year. I’m definitely going back to school and I’m definitely going to Breyerwest.
I don’t know what the new year will hold but I can’t wait to see what crosses my path!


  1. Wow! You had what sounds like a wonderful, jam-packed year! I'm envious. You're going to take the Master of Arts plunge now? A doctorate lurking in the distance? ;O) (I just had to visit your blog when I saw the drawing of the improved technique horse in Jennifer's list of blogs, lol.) Have a great, great year!

  2. That mural. Oh wow. I've only read 3 of the books on it (in it? of it). You continue to astound me.