May you live in interesting times

Earlier this week my company chose to honor the day known as Juneteenth by giving our American employees the day off. The truth is that until recently I didn’t know what the day meant. Growing up in Massachusetts many decades ago I had little exposure to what the day meant, and didn’t learn about it in my history classes. Or, to be fair, if I did, I didn’t pay attention. My father would sometimes refer to it to the point where I got his birthday and Juneteenth mixed up, thinking they were on the same day. (Spoiler alert: his birthday is two days earlier.) I didn’t know what the day meant, or the history behind it. I am glad to say that I know now.

I have learned much over the last months, about this and about so many other things. It is a tumultuous time in history but that also gives me an opportunity to grow and learn. That is what I intend to do as 2020 continues. Not halfway through the year it is safe to say that I cannot recall a year like this, not even in 2001 and the horrific events of 9/11. Hard to think that was almost twenty years ago. All I can do is learn and grow, and continue to evolve. I am grateful for my friends, online or otherwise, who have posted relevant facts and articles to help me to understand their truth, their past and make me face uncomfortable realities that are outside of my day-to-day. Thank you.

The best stories are ones where the characters are not the same as when the story started. Each character has an arc, a journey, and solves whatever puzzle, big or small, that is set in front of them. It seems so obvious in stories, less so when it’s your life, your personal trajectory. Yet it truly is no different. 2020 is a momentous year but from that can come great things. If the first six months were world changing, let’s see what the next six months hold.

In Soul Mate news, my second Universe Chronicles book Tracking Shadows took third place in the Maine Romance Writer’s Strut your Stuff Awards in the Reader’s Choice. Thank you to all who voted! My third Universe Chronicles book Storming Time will be released on August 19th. I like to think of my superpowered people and the secret agency they work for—and find love—as a little escape from reality. I hope that you are looking forward to book three as much as I am looking forward to seeing it in the world.

Stay safe, everyone, and hope that you are thriving in this difficult time.

Maine award

Claire Davon

Claire Davon has written on and off for most of her life, starting with fan fiction when she was very young. She writes across a wide range of genres, and does not consider any of it off limits. Her novels can be found in the paranormal romance and contemporary romance sections, while her short stories run the gamut. If a story calls to her, she will write it. She currently lives in Los Angeles and spends her free time writing novels and short stories, as well as doing animal rescue and enjoying the sunshine. Claire can be found at: www.clairedavon.com

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4 Responses to May you live in interesting times

  1. I’m always surprised by how little I know about my country’s history. Since my schooling did very little to open my eyes, I see now how important it is for all people’s stories to be revealed and acknowledged.
    Congrats on your recent award Claire!

  2. Susan B James says:

    We are certainly living in interesting times.
    I knew about Juneteenth, but only because one of my favorite authors mentioned it in her series. Which begins with Bring On The Blessings.
    I discovered Beverley Jenkins in 2014 when I went to the RWA conference in New York. And she’s one of the five people whose books I’ll pre-order I’ve learned a lot of Blavk History from her books.
    Congratulations on your third book in the series, Claire. And congratulations on the award!
    I am rooting for you.

  3. viola62 says:

    Hopefully, this is a year that will end in happiness and reconciliation among people. It began with death and misery. I, too, have seen tumultuous events (9/11 and Katrina), but none have brought the tragedy of this year.

  4. JayceeJarvis says:

    Thank you for this thoughtful post. My high school history education was also seriously lacking, and I’ve been filling in the gaps with my own research.

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