December 20th, 2017

NYC Crime Fiction, Amy Grech

2017: Year in Review

2017 was a tumultuous year: I faced the grim reality that my landlady was in the process of selling her building in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where I’d lived for nearly 15 years; it was bittersweet, as I’d lived one-third of my life there and had grown to love the neighborhood. Prospect Park was my backyard and I’d attend the summer concert series, Celebrate Brooklyn, with friends, or sometimes solo…

I managed to talk the new owner into a decent buyout, equivalent to a year’s salary, albeit taxable. I moved to Bay Ridge in July and am getting to know the area. There are lots of restaurants, everything from German food, Chinese, Sushi, etc., and the Alpine Cinema is around the corner, where I can see movies cheaper than they would cost in Manhattan! My new building is small: the landlady lives downstairs and the other tenant works long hours, but slams her door every time she comes home…Ah, well, city living…

I sold a couple of stories, though not as many as I’d liked, due to all of the apartment drama. I attended Lunacon for the first time, where I sold copies of my books! So that’s my 2017 in a nutshell. How was yours?