A Holiday and New Year’s Letter to My Readers 4

I want to take this time to wish you all a warm and loving holiday season and a Happy New Year!

I also want to share with you a look back at 2013 and a glimpse of the future for WritingThroughLife.com and for me as an author, editor, and teacher.

The Rear-view Mirror

2013, like most years, has been a time of tremendous change for me. At the end of last year, I completed my MFA in Creative NonFiction and returned to work full time—for someone else. After working for myself as a part-time freelance editor, teacher, and consultant for five years, the transition has been tough. I’ve had to seriously reduce the number of clients and students I can work with, which goes against my natural inclination to help everyone who asks; it’s part of my nature to say yes.

It was this employment change that inspired my first post of 2013: Who Do You Want to Be? And it was this change that caused my post frequency to drop from a total of 63 in 2012 to 32 in 2013.

In spite of what has often felt like a professional setback, 2013 has been an amazing year of accomplishments.

  • I published and launched the anthology, Times They Were A-Changing: Women Remember the ’60s & ’70s with co-editors Kate Farrell and Linda Joy Myers. This required countless hours of work—reading submissions, and selecting and editing the pieces from our amazing contributing authors. Through this project, I’ve learned the joys of close collaboration on a project of this size, I’ve learned more about publishing and marketing and organizing literary events, and I’ve deepened my own writing processes.
  • Finally, after six years of work, I have completed my memoir, Not the Mother I Remember, which will be officially launched in January (see the bottom of the post for a special offer). I feel so grateful for all the support I received from friends, family, and from you during the writing and publishing phases.
  • Throughout the year, I remained committed to providing the best quality content about journaling, memoir, and legacy writing, which resulted in growth for the site: just under 40,000 unique visitors stopped by WritingThroughLife this year, up by 9,000 from last year.

What’s ahead for WritingThroughLife.com in 2014?

  • Adapting a course I developed, I’m starting the New Year with a ten-part article on how to move from Memories to Memoirs. My desire is to help you develop your writing practice by journaling to memory-triggering prompts and then expanding these entries into scenes, vignettes, and personal essays or memoir.
  • Also starting in January, I’m planning to post a series of articles on Microsoft Word for writers. As an editor, one of the things I’ve noticed is that many writers don’t understand how to use Word efficiently, thus wasting precious writing time in frustration. Through this series, you’ll learn just what you need to know to be able to professionally format and submit or publish your writing.
  • Of course, I will also continue offering regular posts that include journaling techniques, tips, and prompts!

A Special Offer just for you!

You, my dear friends, are the first to know that Not the Mother I Remember is published and ready to order. This is all on the Hush-Hush, since I’m not officially launching the book until January 6th. Because I’d love for you to be my first readers, I’m offering a 30% discount — that’s right a 30% discount hot off the press. But only for you.

To receive your discount in the form of an automated email, sign up to my Not the Mother I Remember email list. In addition to your discount, you’ll receive updates to events and future promotions. This will be a very low-volume email list, and you may unsubscribe at any time. So what have you got to lose?

A parting word …

Thank you for sharing your thoughts, opinions, comments, memories, and writing with me. I look forward to a another great year together!


Amber Lea Starfire

Photo by Ken Douglas


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4 thoughts on “A Holiday and New Year’s Letter to My Readers

  • patsy ann taylor

    As the year ends and a new one comes on the heels of Christmas, I relive the months past by rereading my journals. Ups and downs, mostly ups, are refreshed and once again I am grateful that I took the time to jot things down. Your prompts and suggestions have helped me through the year and I look forward to another twelve months of journal entries.
    Thank you, Amber. Have a wonderful holiday.

  • Barbara Toboni

    Amber: You are one brilliant blogger girl! I’ve really enjoyed reading your 2013 posts. I’m looking forward to 2014, especially the series on Microsoft Word for writer dummies like me! Have a terrific holiday!