It's also a time when people tend to take a step back and look over the past year.
So that's what I'm going to do.
Professionally, the biggest things for me were the publication of REALITY ALI, and signing a contract for three more books in the series.
Also I got to Boston this summer. This has been a running joke in our family. Every time we started to think about a trip to Boston something would come up that would sideline it. Not this year. This year I actually got there.
I also went to my first writer's conference, which was lots of fun and I know I'll have to do that again sometime.
Another highlight was getting to hear my son play his trumpet in the middle school jazz band. His solo starts at about the 2 minute mark.
The must surreal highlight had to be getting our German cuckoo clock fixed at a sushi restaurant. That's something that just might find it's way into a story sometime.
The year hasn't been perfect, there have been horribly tragic stories in the news and our state got hammered by Superstorm Sandy. While our family escaped any property damage, friends of ours were not so lucky. I know it's been a hard year for many in many ways. But when possible I like to focus on the positive.
So, please, share what the happy highlights of your year have been. And here's wishing everyone a happy and healthy 2013.