Calendars and Gratitude

by Darlyn Finch Kuhn on December 28, 2014

SH front cover TIFFSewing Holes cover art

The quiet stretch between Christmas and New Year’s has always been Calendar Week for me, where I spend time transferring birthdays, holidays and standing appointments from the old year to the new. This year I’m determined to get with the times and go all-electronic, if I can. But on paper or smartphone, as I plan the coming year, I dream of the places I’ll visit, the people I’ll see, and the good times to come. I wonder what surprises – good and bad – the upcoming year will hold.

2015 is the year one grand dream of mine will finally come true – the publication of my novel, Sewing Holes by Twisted Road Publications. Looking back at the writing of it gives the term “twelve years a slave” new meaning to me. Like the day you kiss your children firmly and launch them into the wide world, my only defense is: “I did the best I could,’ and my only hope is: “Go, and be a blessing to others, as you’ve been to me.”

The calendar tells me there are thirteen weeks left until the Sewing Holes launch party at the Jack Kerouac House in College Park on Saturday evening, March 28, 2015. (If you are reading this, you are invited; please save the date. Details to follow.) Twelve writers whose work I respect have kindly read the novel and sent blurbs for my publisher, Joan Leggitt, to include in the printed version; two more missed the deadline due to personal issues, but sent their thoughts anyway, to share on the book’s web page. It’s difficult to express how much their generosity means to me, but I’ll try in the following way:

For the next fourteen weeks, as my schedule allows, I will introduce you to these writers and their works, as well as to their thoughts about Sewing Holes. I hope you will come to love and appreciate them as much as I do.

I’ll start today with Sena Jeter Naslund, who has enlarged my world through her work as a writer; through her MFA program at Spalding University; and as a mentor, friend and guide on trips we’ve shared around the globe.

Then, on January 3rd, I’ll tell you about a special birthday girl, without whom Sewing Holes would not have been finished.

Stay tuned. Don’t make me come get you!

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