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.
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