Happy New Year! For all you Alabama fans, I know it is. For you Notre Dame folks, well…there’s next year.
Ahhhhh…a fresh new year. I’m looking forward to 2013 for a number of reasons. First, the presidential election is behind us… We won’t be bombarded with quite as many lies, as much mud slinging, and the rest of the refuse our country’s devolved to during elections. Second, I have both my award winning manuscripts for The Bully Route Home and Francis’ Flowers ready to publish. I’m excited about that. Right now, I’m actively working on three new manuscripts and I’m doing a final polish job on the Hidden Door. That manuscript is the best and the most important book I’ve ever written. Third, Jeanelle and I have some exciting plans for the year. I’ll chronicle those as they transpire.
One of the things I’d like to do this year is to meet as many of you as possible. If you’ll visit my web site http://www.dlhavlin.com and click on the “calendar – events” link, you’ll see I’ll be out and about a lot. I enjoy chatting with readers, prospective readers, history buffs, lit lovers, etc. so come out and see me whether you’re interested in a book or not. Keep checking the list for I’ll be adding many events all year. If you’re busy sort and have limited perusing time, sign up for my quarterly newsletter. It will tell you where and when I’ll be someplace and what I’ll be doing. Click the “newsletter” link on my web site. And if you need a speaker at a meeting or event…I’m available. You guessed it, visit my site and click the “contact” link.
My New Year’s Resolutions never seem to work out. So this year, I decided to substitute “New Year’s Hopes” for “New Year’s Resolutions.” Here goes — I HOPE:
1) The economy gets better.
2) All those quarterback’s in the NFL that have huge “Adam’s apples” find a good surgeon and have them removed so they choke less.
3) The Syrian people get a break. Assad’s neck will do.
4) Someone, somewhere will give awards to Dolly Parton, Gary Sinise, and the big “O” Winfrey …for just being good people. I don’t care care if they’ve already got some, there’s just so damned few legitimately good folks.
5) A new disease will afflict ALL media types on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS, QYZ, DUM, and any other networks not named. It will attack the base of their tongues causing that organ to rot off. I won’t mind if mutates and spreads to politicians. If we’re lucky it’ll take another form and attack the keyboard fingers of reporters at the New York Times, the Washington Post, etc. (I’d mention some conservative newspapers, but I’m not aware of any.)
I know that’s a lot to hope for, but hope springs eternal!