farewell to 2014

This time last year, I was really looking forward to putting 2013 behind me. In 2013, I broke up with my boyfriend, my sister’s beautiful dog Gypsy passed away, and my boss of seventeen years and best friend was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of Leukemia. So, despite the fact that my third novel and fan favorite Blogger Girl was released to outstanding reviews, and my debut Just Friends with Benefits was re-released by my current publisher, Booktrope, to surprisingly best-seller status, the year was pretty sucky all in all.

2014 started out much better. I began the year with a trip to California with several other authors where we talked, laughed, and drank lots of wine with the beach right outside our door. I met up with a guy I had dated several years ago and had such a wonderful time, I was certain we’d get a second chance. Best of all, my boss found a 100% match for a bone marrow transplant. Things were looking up. Unfortunately, the trip to California only lasted a few days and I returned to New York City and the Polar Vortex with a cold that lasted about four months. Despite the connection I was certain was mutual while out with the guy from my past, he kept putting off a second date until I had to assume he didn’t share my feelings. Worst of all, by far, my boss/best friend lost his battle with cancer, passed away in July, and broke my heart into a million pieces.

2014 wasn’t all bad. My publisher released an ebook collection with my three first novels on Valentine’s Day that made the Kindle Top 100; Blogger Girl and A State of Jane were re-released by Amazon Encore pursuant to an exciting licensing agreement with Booktrope; my fourth novel, How Do You Know?, was published in December, Just Friends with Benefits was released as part of a romance anthology called Blended for Love; and I am already halfway through the first draft of my fifth book, Novel Girl.

More important than “book” stuff, my friends and family really stepped up after my boss died and showed me how much they loved me. Their patience, understanding, and unwillingness to let me feel alone showed me how truly blessed I am and I will be forever grateful even while I’m still dealing with my grief on a daily basis.

I’m no mathematician, but I know that with each passing year, I will get a year older which, as those who know me are well aware, doesn’t thrill me. That being said, I am truly ready to put 2014 behind me. Although I have goals for 2015—publication of Novel Girl, possible solo trip out of the country, potential running of New York City marathon, refurnishing of my apartment—I am not making any formal resolutions. All I really want is to be happy.

Or perhaps the resolution is to figure out what it is that makes me happy and go after it.

Thanks to all of you for keeping up with my blog this past year. I hope I have entertained you with my life and book updates. Happy New Year to you all and see you next year!

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Comments

  1. Looking forward to Novel Girl. Happy New Year!

  2. Thank you! Happy New Year back at you 🙂

  3. Happy New Year, Meredith. The Beach Babes will help get 2015 off to a great start, I just know it! 😉

  4. Happy New Year, Meredith!

  5. If mrs Thornton could see you now! You r inspiring me to go ahead with my attempt at a first book. I can only hope for one millionth of ur success. Congrats and may 2015 be the best yet! ❤️

    • Thank you so much, Kim! I was so excited to see on Facebook that you’ve started writing a book – good for you! Anytime you need extra encouragement, I’m your girl. Happy New Year to you too 🙂

  6. What a moving and honest reflection, Meredith. You’ve inspired me to make time to do the same. I suppose there are always ups and downs and lessons to be learned from both. Reading Novel Girl is definitely one of the things I’m looking forward to in 2015. Hopefully seeing you in NYC for dinner & wine again too! I saw the following on a friend’s FB page and it made me think of this post, as well as my own experiences and those of many people I know… hope it’s true for all of us! 🙂
    2014 = ASS KICKED
    2015 = KICK ASS

  7. Hope 2015 is great all-around for you. Can’t wait for Novel Girl!
    And you forgot the most important part of 2014…meeting two of your favorite fans at BookBuzz (Marlene is the other one). 😉 Just saying…

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