Friday, December 28, 2018

Thank You -- And Here's to 2019!

First off, I want to thank everyone who participated in this year's Advent Calendar. Sincere thanks to all the talented contributors: Sarah Atkinson, Rachel Owen, Haldis Grummel, Natasha Chesterbrook and Steve Leonard. There would have been an awful lot of cocktail recipes and photos without their creative input!

(If you wanted to participate this year, but just couldn't get it together, now you have plenty of time to polish your contribution for next year. ;-) )

But also I want to thank those of you who showed up every day to read and comment. The calendar is my way of saying thank you to my readers--so long as it's enjoyed and appreciated, I'll keep doing it.

This was such a better year for me compared to the last couple of years--really, from every standpoint: financially, physically, creatively...maybe even spiritually. I feel much calmer and more optimistic heading into 2019 than I did heading into 2018 (and let's not even think about 2017).

Part of that is me, of course, but a lot of that is YOU. So thank you for your continuing support and enthusiasm. It means so much. Really, it means everything.

I hope that 2019 is a terrific year for you. That you are healthy and happy and that you spend most of your time doing things you enjoy--or, at the very least, things you feel are worthwhile.

We had a few remaining winners from the teaser exercises we did earlier in the month. Those winners are:

Advent Calendar Day 19
Karla R

Advent Calendar Day Day 13
Alexa Ebanks

Choose your magnet from the selection of posted teasers and email me with your choice and your snail mail address--and thank you again for joining in on the fun! See you next year! 


  1. Thanks for doing this. I enjoy visiting but am not a writer.

  2. I might not have had the opportunity to comment every day, but every day when I woke up, I came here to read first. You were all so brilliant. To Josh, and all the contributors, thank you! The calendar, and all of you, brought a smile each day.

  3. Your creativity kept me sane during this very hard year. My most heartfelt gratitude to you! May 2019 find us healthy, wealthy (and not just materially), and wise. Happy New Year!

  4. It's the most wonderful time of the year.....besides Halloween.
    Already planning my stories(yes, plural) for next year.
    Thank you for this, and everything else, Josh!

  5. Thank YOU, dear Josh. And may the year 2019 be the best one yet!

  6. Thank you so much for doing this. The Advent Calendar always bright my holidays! I hope the New Year brings your way lot of surprises and good things.

  7. Yes, thank you for it all - the blog, the calendar, the prizes, and especially the wonderful escape from reality you provide us with your fabulously clever books!