Happy New Year! Sun Nien Fai Lok! Xin Nian Juai Le!
It’s the Year of the Rooster, and it looks like 2017, the New Year, promises to be a year of intense energy and productivity as well as no small amount of drama. As my neighbors prepare for it in various ways, I like to meditate, send notes out to good pals, and reread past LCW member and AWW graduate Rosemary Gong’s excellent book, Good Luck Life: The Essential Guide to Chinese American Celebrations and Culture.
Last Year’s Travel and Writing
For me 2017 will mean twelve more months of extraordinary adventure. In 2016, I spent the beginning of January exploring Gullah traditions on one of South Carolina’s barrier islands.
March took me, along with a large group of very talented writers and photographers, to Andalusia. There, one of the many workshops and travel adventures I lead through Wanderland Writers culminated in one more anthology in the award-winning Wandering series. In 2016 we produced Wandering in Andalusia: The Soul of Southern Spain, edited with my much loved travel and editing colleague, Joanna Biggar.
I spent much of April in South Carolina again, this time on James Island. I enjoyed hanging out with talented artists and musicians and leading workshops almost daily for the Southern Sampler Artists Colony. The trip included a (more…)