I once again regret not taking pictures of all the wonderful people I spent time with this year. If you’re not pictured, please forgive me and come back for another visit — I’ll try to remedy the mistake!
Click on the first picture and click through like a slideshow if you want to see the captions.
More snow than I thought I’d ever see in Portland.
It would be prettier if it hadn’t trapped me in the house for 14 days in January.
Korean food with Dan and Miriam — yum!!
We got a heating system installed that required us *ahem* to get more bookshelves.
Cairo shows off the new paint color in my office.
The 2017 Career Rejuvenation Spa! (Which entails mostly eating and drinking.)
Sarah P made these beauties!
Tina and I see Matilda!
A few pics from one of my “yarn crawl” days.
I once again attended the Rose City Yarn Crawl. Woot!!
I accompany Ruth when she goes to pick up her new Rottweiler puppy.
Miriam’s baby shower with much cuteness arranged by Kelly!
Walking through the park with Ingrid.
More park prettiness.
Kelly’s book launch!
There was maybe a lot of gaming this year, especially because I was sick for almost three months in the spring. But cats, blankets, and my first pair of knitted socks certainly helped.
Carol’s cookies. MMMM.
Thank you, Norwescon, for giving me this pic of Chris and Trace.
It’s an absolutely glorious spring.
Writing and revising looks a lot like this.
Conin opens nearby and we revel in good Mexican food for the first time since leaving LA.
Mark and Shannon feed us well and introduce us to “Asshole.”
An unfixable problem with my beloved Civic results in us getting our first Subaru, Vetra!
Jed! Jed! Jed!
The Persian Rose at Blu Olive, one of my favorite cocktails of the year.
The Great Thrifting Expedition of ’17! (Not pictured: the trunk absolutely stuffed with our finds.)
Elana and Amber, two amazing women, do a book event in town.
Maplewood and their thyme biscuits, omg.
Ruth and I conquer the river in her kayaks!
Nicole and Remy, on separate trips, visit us at the same glorious time!
This was the year I started using Acme Food & Kitchen’s CSA, and EVERYTHING CHANGED.
Moonstruck Cafe, where we often bring visitors after visits to Powell’s.
Chris and Tina before we saw “Baskerville.”
My brother Jason popped into town and we hit Screen Door for breakfast.
Wendy “lets the dogs out” at her book launch!
An absolutely lovely evening spent with a bunch of writers in Southwest ended with a sunset walk.
Seattle has nice skies.
KAREN! I got to see Karen this year!!! (Also Marcia and Ted. ;-)
The agency retreat in St Louis, where Tricia and I completely conquered an impossible puzzle… among other things.
Colleen doing everyday Colleen things at the retreat.
Liz and Carrie, ready for action at the agency retreat.
Cupcakes at Ingrid’s house, where I met Tara!
Eclipse watching with Marcia and Ted in Lincoln City. The skies cleared just enough for us to get a great show.
Late-night cocktails outside Tastebud in Multnomah Village.
Brothers Alex and Chris at Tasty and Alder.
Birthday sushi at Bamboo with Tina. This is after two flights of sake. :-D
Me on my quest to try every Bloody Mary in Seattle, preferable with friends.
Chris starts to get the music bug again!
I love these people.
Outdoor Indian food in West Seattle with friends. Kinda perfect.
Cat Winters, one of my best writing buds here in Portland, launches her latest book.
Kelly is wearing one of the shirts I designed!
It got colder. Finn was not a fan.
I finally made it to Cacao and tried the flight of drinking chocolates. DAMN.
Maplewood Coffee & Tea opens up their back room and starts offering more food options. HUZZAH!
My first escape room! (We escaped.)
FUN HOME… for the second time!
Parking lot leaves. There is no end to the gorgeous here.
Erik and Laura visit! Here we are in Cathedral Park.
I HAVE COMMITTED BOWTIE.
Malinda Lo and Kate Elliott come to town, and I loved every minute I got to spend with them.
This was one of the most perfect autumns of my life. Absolutely stunning.
Tina and I hike through Woods Memorial Park while discussing publishing gossip.
I absolutely loved Inktober this year, and did all 31 days for the first time.
Chris, Dom, and Yasuno get ready to take the shuttle to Jeff and Genny’s wedding!
Me and Mom, dressed in our finery for Jeff’s wedding.
Gorgeous wedding barn, over 100 years old!
One of my favorite family pics, starring Jason, Yasuno, Jeff, Cassell, Chris, and me.
Fancy agency dinner at World Fantasy! At some point I’ll remember to photograph the people, not just the food.
Last brunch out at World Fantasy Con was the prettiest.
It’s Marcia, whom I adore!
Fancy shoes at World Fantasy! These belong to me, Michael, and Caroline. (You have to match us to our shoes yourselves.)
Me, Tina, and Caroline dressed in our finery at World Fantasy.
A delightful reading/theater production by David, Tina, Fonda, and Curtis at Wordstock.
In the busiest November of my life, I still found time to get sick for two weeks.
Oregon coast in November. Yessss.
The Oregon Coast for a cold, November writing retreat.
Finley speaks for us all.
Our new bird feeder entertains not only the cats, but me as well!
The flannel brigade!
Andy and I “raced” to finish our revisions and he won this bottle of booze! Best contest ever.
Cairo stole the catnip toy intended for another cat!
JEWELS FROM THE HEAVENS. (AKA Sugar-coated cranberries.)
Two of my favorite people in the whole world, Carol and Andy.
Friendsgiving gave me this adorable pic of Marcia and Chris.
An outing to Fried Egg I’m In Love begins at the Tov coffee cart/bus with Kelly, Tina, and Fonda.
Our most successful faux Christmas tree to date! This one is a keeper. As the holiday went on, we filled the shelves at the top with presents and cards.
A holiday party at Kate’s, complete with tiny fox and cheese ball.
Ruth, with her amazing shark-based holiday sweater! (And her amazing Elixer Fixer and toffee, too!)
Holiday lights at the Grotto!
Drinks at a Bang Bang PDX!
Chris and I in one of our favorite spots: Fat City Cafe at Christmas.
A beautiful way to end the year.