Living Arrangements Turns One

Posted on 05 December 2012

I was so distracted this week that I failed to commemorate Living Arrangements’ recent one-year publication anniversary. My first book has been out in the world for a full year — a year that, in some ways, feels like it zipped by in no time at all. But at other times, it feels very long ago indeed. Has it really been only one year since I had the pre-publication jitters, and when I was planning my launch party and waiting for my first box of books to be delivered?

This year was filled with more changes and growth than I can fully recount, but I’ll try: I celebrated my debut short story collection with a book launch party and then a reading in my hometown. I attended my first-ever AWP, where I met my editor at BkMk Press, along with many of you wonderful blog readers. I attended book fairs, readings, a book club discussion, and I gave a somewhat unorthodox presentation at my local library. I answered Q&As and interview questions. Living Arrangements won a national gold IPPY (complete with a medal) and a Foreward Book of the Year Award (just behind Edith Pearlman — shamelessly, I’ll never let that one go). I attended my first Bread Loaf conference, ducked away for an island writing getaway, traveled to Sacramento to watch an actor read one of my stories, and spent one glorious week writing at a health spa in rural Illinois, of all places.

In non-Living Arrangements news, Peter and I became first-time homeowners, I started writing a new novel, and I completed several new nonfiction pieces that could be the start of something I’d never have imagined before this year.

Right now I’m sitting in my writing room looking at my Write Like a Motherfucker mug and two art prints that speak to the writer in me. On the bookshelf in the back of the room sit several copies of Living Arrangements. After one year, this book feels more mine than ever and, at the same time, like it has grown apart from me. That’s not a bad thing. Living Arrangements will always be my first book, and what I hope will be just the first step in a long writing career. But to make it to that next step, I have to keep working. That’s what 2013 is for.

Thank you, friends, for being here for Living Arrangements‘ first year. Here’s to next year.

Photo: kuyman

8 responses to Living Arrangements Turns One

  • Sarah W says:

    Hooray, Laura–such a year it’s been!

    Happy birthday to your collection of amazing stories.

  • MSB says:

    Congratulations, Laura. You’ve accomplished so much in such a short time. Imagine what 2013 has in store for you!

  • Catherine says:

    Good work Laura. I’m am beginning to know these feelings. Mine has only been out six months and those six months have been so different and enriching and fast and full – more than any six-month block before. Good luck with your next project and I look forward to some Living Arrangements talk on my blog soon!

  • Teri says:

    Here’s to Living Arrangements!! (and you ….)

  • Averil says:

    Congratulations, Laura. To Living Arrangements, to you, and to that little bun in the oven. Bring it on, 2013!

  • Dawn. says:

    Congratulations Laura. :)

  • Downith says:

    Happy Birthday to Living Arrangements. Those stories have such staying power. I still think about some of them often.
    Congratulations again, Laura.

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