Happy 2013!

Dressed up for the holidays: Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Vickie Bates.

Dressed up for the holidays: Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Vickie Bates.

A hearty Thank You to everyone who visited this blog in 2012 – your comments, emails and encouragement have made this a joyous conversation.

Wishing you all good things in the new year, especially with your writing. I hope you enjoy 12 inspired months that make your heart soar.

Lest you think 2013 is a harbinger of bad luck, consider all the wonderful books published in 1913, including:

  • Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
  • In Search of Lost Time, Vol. 1 by Marcel Proust
  • O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
  • Roughing It by Mark Twain
  • The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

If I were undertaking a reading challenge in the new year, that might be a great list to start with, along with 1913 poetry collections by Wordsworth and Shelley and adventure stories from the pens of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and L. Frank Baum.

Also appearing 100 years ago were two Bobbsey Twins’ Mysteries and even an account by a Titanic survivor. (If you’re curious, check out a list of 200 books published in 1913 on Goodreads.)

May 2013 be just as prodigious for 21st century authors.

Happy New Year!