A Year of Wild

Wild Women, Wild Voices — Writing from Your Authentic Wildness, was released a year ago and what a wild year this has been.

From receiving the first copy from Georgia Hughes, my editor at New World Library,

book arrives

to the first public event at Warwick’s Books in La Jolla,
warwick's window (Steve photo)to the book party at Liberty Station


… when my daughter, Amy, surprised me with a visit,
Surprise! Amy's here




and my friends gathered round to celebrate and to write with me.

JR & Jill hugs

Jeff & Jen writing




bloomsbury books





I had a beautiful road trip north, driving up the coast to Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, OR, then Annie Bloom’s Books in Portland, and Third Space in Seattle.

JR w:Liz Prato @ Annie Bloom's

No sooner was I home and it was time for another journey up the coast, this time to Book Passage in the Bay Area. Then I flew to the East Coast for a Wild Women writing group in Vero Beach, Fl, and traveled up to Connecticut to give the keynote at the annual Summer Conference of the International Women’s Writing Guild.

ww at the j&jBack in home territory, we had a great day of writing at a Wild Women writing retreat at the J & J Ranch in San Diego’s beautiful back country.

And by now, I need a holiday, so I took one. (To Paris and Barcelona!)

book passage sign


Soon as I returned, it was time for another trip up the coast for a second gathering of the Wild Women at Book Passage, where we wrote together for a day and a half.





The next week I flew down to Mexico for a writing retreat at the beach with a pack of gorgeous wild women from Ajijic, Jalisco.




Back home for the holidays, and in February, my book and I are honored to be included in the Local Author’s Event at our beautiful Central Library.
local author displayNotes from the JourneyIn January I launched the first Wild Women, Wild Voices writing group to work through the entire book together. It was twelve weeks of beautiful; we just finished last week. (I’m looking forward to offering the workshop online later in the year.)



And the first year comes to a joyous end with the news that Wild Women, Wild Voices will be published in French. Mais, oui— Femmes Sauvages, Voix Sauvage.

Howl to the Yes! Thank you everyone for making this a fabulous year of wild!

wild woman howl

18 thoughts on “A Year of Wild

    • Ah, Deborah, it has been exhilarating alright. Thanks so much for your comment on the post. I hope you’ve had an exhilarating year, too. Are, in fact, having one right now!

  1. Judy,
    What a fabulous Wild Woman you are, and what a fabulous year you have had. I wonder at all your untamed, never-ending spirit and energy! I thank the power above for the day I first discovered your books and for getting to know you. Who else could give an old woman a chance to howl!

    • Thanks for writing Bonnie. And as for “old woman,” Listen, we’ve got the most practiced, righteous howls out there. Keep howling, Cousin, the world needs to hear you.

    • Thank you, Jill. And you were with me, every step of the way. What a pleasure to travel the road with you, and to howl together as we’ve done so often. You are definitely one of my favorite wild women.

  2. I am looking forward to when you have the next online group for Wild Women, Wild Voices.

    • Thank you for commenting, Carmelle. I hope to have the Wild Women, Wild Voices online group up and running by early fall. I’m really looking forward to meeting you and interacting through our writing and our stories. Meantime, keep howling!

  3. Judy–Congratulations! The book is wild, and gorgeous & fierce—& I love seeing where it’s travelled with you this year! To more wild!

    • Thank you so much for your comments, Courtney. I’m glad you like the book. We’ve had quite a year and more to come! So yes, here’s to more wild!

  4. Dear Judy
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful, exciting year with us in photos and in words…I hope you have many more years of surprises and creativity.

    • Dear Arlene,
      Thank you so much for commenting. I love seeing your comments on nearly every post. It’s great to connect this way. And thank you for your good wishes. I’m glad we get to do this together. Howl to the Yes!

  5. Wow, what a ride. You are wildly inspiring! And now in French – Vive la femme sauvage!

    • Thanks for commenting Laura. It’s nice to see you here. It’s nice to see you anywhere anytime. I have so loved getting to know you and write with you and share howls. Let’s do it again!

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