In answer to the few individuals who’ve contacted me asking whether or not Moonlight Mesa is still in business, I’m happy to say that after an extended absence, I have finally returned – physically and mentally. I’m ready for business again. I basically took a two year sabbatical from publishing/marketing, I guess you could say. In my absence, I did earn my Marine Naturalist Certification, and I worked as a docent at the Friday Harbor Whale Museum! Two very important long-time goals I’ve had.
Moonlight Mesa Associates, Inc., a tiny, independent publishing company was formed in 2010 and has published a remarkable number of award-winning titles including J.R. Sanders’ two titles (Some Gave All and The Littlest Wrangler), Robert Walton’s Dawn Drums, Lee Anderson’s Developing the Art of Equine Communication and The View from My Old Saddle. And a few of my own books, Life Was a Cabaret, Sam’s Desert Adventure, and Northern Escape took awards. Several other published titles received Honorable Mentions.
So what exactly was I doing the last two years? Although I did vaguely blog about these things, I’ll briefly answer the question. Both my husband and I survived Covid, although I was truly terrified about his case which turned to Covid pneumonia. Then we moved…and moved again. We left Arizona with the intent of relocating back to the Northwest, but you know, after a couple of months there I told my husband that I just couldn’t live there full time. Honestly, the area is splendid, but I just couldn’t commit.
I bought a teensy, tiny house in Arizona and a bigger boat to keep in Anacortes. We plan on spending more time on the water traveling – Alaska is on the menu for summer of 2022. We just decided to have more adventure while we still can.
As for Moonlight Mesa’s business…I’ve already done one small event since our return in mid October, and I’ll be doing another event December 3. I very sincerely doubt I’ll do multi-day events again. Quite frankly, I did that for 8 years and it absolutely wore me out. I liked the short event I just did…I sold plenty of books and wasn’t exhausted and crabby when I closed.”
I’m formulating a plan for the summer of 2022 for when we’re traveling. I plan on being an ‘ambassador’ for Saving Our Oceans. I’ll be taking many copies with me, and I’ll primarily donate these copies and do presentations. I’m not worried about book sales as I know other titles will sell as a result. I’ll have advertising material for all the titles. It’ll work. I’ve done this before and it was very successful.”
I’m energized. I’m back!