Best of 2012 (AKA Year End List)

A couple of years ago I was inspired by my friend, Corey Mesler’s, annual “Year End List.” Here’s my 2011 List.  And now *drum roll* … my “Best of 2012” List:

Gabrielle Sophia Davis

Best family event: The birth of our third granddaughter, Gabrielle Sophia Davis, on April 23 in Denver, Colorado. I spent 5 weeks in a wonderful condo in downtown Denver, halfway between my son’s house and my daughter’s apartment. Being with Beth during Gabby’s birth was the highlight of my year.

Best news: Our oldest son, Jonathan, is out of the Army! After two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, we’re thankful he is safe and excited about pursing life as a civilian. He arrives in Memphis tomorrow!

Best publishing news: My essay, “Chiaroscuro: Shimmer and Shadow,” was included in the anthology, Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality (University of Alabama Press, April, 2012) which went into a second printing a month after its debut!

Best publishing news, Runner-Up: Four literary agents are reading my novel manuscript right now!

Best novels I read: Into the Free by Julie Cantrell and The Novel by James Michener

Best memoirs I read: Full Body Burden by Kristen Iversen, The Living End: A Memoir of Forgetting and Forgiving by Robert Leleux, and Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

Best famous person memoir I read: Then Again by Diane Keaton

Best book I read on writing: On Becoming a Novelist by John Gardner

Best book of poetry I read: Tutaj/Here by Wislawa Szymborska

Best drinking memoir I read: Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up (which includes an essay by my friend, Jane Friedman)

Best self-help book I read: This is How: Help for the Self by Augusten Burroughs

Best memoir I read on my Kindle: Such a Life by Lee Martin

Best novel I read on my Kindle: Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick

Best blogging news: My blog, Pen & Palette, was included in the Top 25 Reading and Writing Resources for English Buffs by

Best blog post by me: “Blurring the Lines Between Literary and Commercial, Fiction and Nonfiction, Entertainment and Art” (which won me a place in the Top 25 Reading and Writing Resources for English Buffs.)

Best Read (and most controversial) blog post by me: “The Holy Foolishness of Punk and the Suppression of Critical Thought”

Best Rediscovered (thank you, Facebook!) friend and writer extraordinaire: Shari Smith

Best writing events I attended: Yoknapatawpha Summer Writers Workshop (Oxford, Mississippi), Creative Nonfiction in the Delta (at the Shackup Inn, Clarksdale, Mississippi, where I gave a reading and short talk on getting published), and the Southern Festival of Books (Nashville) where I was on a panel for Circling Faith, with co-editors Jennifer Horne and Wendy Reed, and fellow contributor, Marshall Chapman

Best night out: Blue Bird Café in Nashville with Jennifer Horne and Wendy Reed (watching Marshall Chapman and other writers in the round)

Marshall Chapman and me at the Bluebird Cafe

Best writing retreat: 5 weeks in a condo in downtown Denver (visiting children) where I finished my novel, Cherry Bomb, and sent it to a freelance editor

Best newly discovered indie bookstore: Avid Bookshop in Athens, Georgia (hosted my 8th and final reading/signing event for Circling Faith: Southern Women on Spirituality, in 2012)

Best Regional Publishing Company: Nautilus Publishing, Taylor, Mississippi, owner, Neil White (best source for books about Mississippi writers, athletes, trivia, gardens, and more!)

Best new movie I saw: “Lincoln”

Best new TV show I discovered: “Scandal”

Best series I can’t quit watching over and over: “Law & Order SVU “(Special Victims Unit) same as last two years

Best current TV show: “Parenthood” (same as last two years)

Best reality/contestant TV show: “The Voice”

Best new music video: “Tonight” by Sugarland

Best Christmas music video: “Holly, Jolly Christmas” by Lady Antebellum

Best live musical performance: Adele, “Rolling in the Deep” at the 2012 Grammys

Best new CD: “Kin” by Rodney Crowell and memoirist, Mary Karr

Best new Single: “Long Time Girl Gone By” by Rodney Crowell and Mary Karr, sung by Emmylou Harris

Best newly discovered singer/songwriter: Chuck Cannon

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