Our Amazing Year
|To a fabulous year and many more!|
Now, a year later, we have the best followers in cyberspace, we’ve met authors and each other, we’ve read and discussed books we loved, books we didn’t love, and a book that broke our collective hearts. We’ve been retweeted by authors whose work we admire and respect, been mentioned on Facebook pages and web pages, met fellow bloggers who are like soul sisters, and championed our favorite alphas. All the while managing our personal lives, dealing with triumphs and tragedies.
|That’s how we’d describe our year! Thank you!|
|One of Angela’s favorite author Tweets!|
Veronica: A lot of great things have happened for me over the past year. I’ve gotten to know my fellow Wenches better, talked with and met a few authors, done some crazy crazy things for this little scavenger hunt called GISHWHES that have changed me forever, and planned a trip to Vancouver to meet a few TV idols.
But the best thing that happened over the past year came out of the worst thing that happened. Daisy is my 8’ish-year-old Italian Greyhound (the little bitty kind); she
adopted me from a rescue and has only lived with me for a few years. In January, she was diagnosed with cancer and had surgery. The results from that biopsy were very bad and very confusing, and I had to make a very difficult decision. Not difficult as in a decision I didn’t want to make, but difficult as in I had 3 or 4 options and not enough information to feel good about choosing any of them. We decided on Hail Mary—a second surgery, where Daisy had her upper-left jaw removed along with a few other tumors. The great news? It was only through the second surgery that we found out Daisy’s cancer wasn’t as bad as we thought and the surgery was completely curative. We couldn’t have had this information in advance, but it turns out none of the other options would have given Daisy a chance at a normal and full life. So the best thing that happened to me over the past year? My Daisy got a
second third fourth chance to give hundreds more kisses on our noses and to get lots and lots of love.
|Daisy and her bestie, Guido|
|We can’t wait to meet Wolverine!|
|Zee & Barb on the Mall!|
The other highlights, meeting Wench Amanda and Guest Wench Jen!!! It was AWESOME!!! And my special birthday call to a very dear friend in Iceland. Sometimes, it’s the small things in life that make the bad days worth getting through. Let me just say, I have good memories to last me through a lot of bad days, thanks to the awesome friends I’ve made online.
The most exciting Wench thing for me this year was when Wench Merit flew halfway around the world to visit me! She emailed me that she would soon be flying into New York City and could drop by for a visit. After making sure she realized I lived another 2500 miles further west, ha ha, I wasn’t sure whether to fangirl or panic!! (My daughter’s reaction didn’t help: “That seems like a looooooong trip just to see you, mom.”) But when I saw her walking toward me at the airport, I felt like I’d known her forever!
We live in completely opposite climates, so we explored some of the beautiful waterfalls, rain forests, and rugged beaches that I live near. And all along the way we talked! It was so much fun to spend time with someone who loves books and LOTS of other things as much as I do, and also can teach me a lot about a part of the world I’m unfamiliar with. And bonus!!! We got to meet our dear book friend Jane and spend a couple of evenings with her!! And Jane has actually visited faraway Beta, so we loved hearing all about that, and especially how to pronounce Beta’s name. ;-) This was such a remarkable experience, and I look forward to more Wench visits, whenever we can arrange them. I have no idea whether I’ll be lucky enough to visit Wench Merit in her own country, but it’s definitely on my wish list now!
|Zee, Amanda, and Barb—too cute!|
Shau: An exciting thing for me was that I was able to write two blog posts and they ended up ON a blog. That's a big achievement for a non-writer type person!!
Donna: This last year has been very enlightening for me. I cringe slightly when I read over my first posts, because my writing style was—well, let’s just say my nervousness came through in spades. Successful writers will frequently give advice to new writers by telling them to write, write, write. It’s true—the more you write, the better you become. I know, for me personally, I’m more comfortable writing my posts now than when I first began.
I’d like to say “thank you” to all the past and present Saucy Wenches. You are funny, inspirational, supportive, helpful, and beautiful. Barb, you have been our rock, our general, and our biggest cheerleader. Thank you for all your hard work and keeping us all on task.
It’s a special joy when you check the blog and see the number of people who have taken the time to read your post. If they have taken the time to comment, it’s such a compliment. I have to say, having an author of the book/subject you’ve been discussing respond in some way—well, that’s just a jump-up-and-down fangirl moment! Literally. The amazing Jeaniene Frost commented on my Fangirl Fridays post, and I was just beside myself! Some of the Wenches have met each other, but I haven’t had the privilege...yet. I feel I know these ladies very well, and hope the future brings us together somehow. They’ve made such a difference to my life, and I hope they know how much I love and admire them.
One of the things that has made my day so many times is seeing how more and more authors and readers are noticing our blog, seeing them giving us a shout-out here and there and making time to comment and chat with us—y’all rock!
I love to travel, so one of the highlights for me was when I traveled with my sister to London and Brighton last October for a long weekend—and had a great time. And even though I don’t travel that often, I will be going to one of my favorite cities, Edinburgh, next October, and I just wish that some of the Wenches lived there!
Also, earlier this year, I was at the right time and the right place when my bff got a special phone call on her birthday from Wench Zee, so I was lucky enough to have a chat with her, too!!! That was so cool... oh the little things that make one happy.
|Beta & Jane|
Natalie: I have had a very up-and-down year. So my Wench highlight is as simple as a guest post here in January led to becoming a full-time Wench in June. Which greased the way to life moving forward again with jobs, family, friends, and maybe even love.
Barbara: My year has been one of the most remarkable of my life. And that is not an exaggeration. I visited New Orleans and Chicago, two cities I had never been to, for Wenchy, geeky, fangirly fun. I met three of my
four favorite authors, Jeaniene Frost, Karen Marie Moning, and Chloe Neill. (Stacia Kane, meeting you is on my bucket list, Madam!) My posts have been retweeted, shared, and commented on by some of the best authors in urban fantasy. I received the best autograph a girl could ask for, courtesy of Wench Kathi and Chloe Neill. I’ve hung out with Amanda, Anne, Natalie, Care, guest Wench Jennifer, and my dearest friend, Zee. I’ve had dinner with Chloe Neill and her lovely assistant, Krista, as well as their husbands. I can’t believe I managed to type that sentence without shouty capitals! I was united with a long-lost family member, with whom I am developing an amazing bond. Whew! What.a.year! There are a couple of things that would have made my year perfect, but I am awed by how spectacular it has been. And I can.not.WAIT to see what the next year will bring!
From Wenches getting together despite oceans between our homes, to being noticed by authors, to dining with a favorite author, to life-changing events such as Baby Wolverine and finding long-lost family... this year has been remarkable. And we’re just getting started. We thank you for joining us, and hope you’ll stick around for our further adventures!