Hello, Blaze Babes! I hope 2013 is off to a fantastic start for all of you. Congratulations to our three winners, who will each receive a full set of Blaze January books!
- Linda Henderson
January is a time of change for me, in many ways bittersweet. Three of my friends are moving out of Toronto this month, and it’s tough to lose them (at least in a geographical sense) all at once. It’s difficult to think that people I see almost every day will suddenly primarily be reachable by email and not in person. One friend is moving to England to fulfill a lifelong dream. She has been a co-worker across two offices for three years (and she gets to continue working for Harlequin at our Mills & Boon office in London!). But the office also seems strangely empty without her there. The other two friends are moving to a small city an hour or so outside of Toronto for work-related reasons. They, of course, will be much easier to spend time with, but there’s still a big difference between a planned trip to another city and quick “hey, wanna go see a movie tonight?” hangout. I’m happy for all of them for taking these necessary steps, but I’m also sad for me for losing them in my daily life!
When I first moved to Toronto in 2008, I knew almost no one. I’d come here because I wanted to enter Ryerson University’s publishing program and to get into publishing. I’ve got to be honest—the first few months were lonely and a bit scary! But as I got to know people at work, things got better. Still, meeting new friends as an adult is weirdly difficult. So I joined a group of tea connoisseurs (one of these days I’m going to write a blog post about tea and probably terrify you all with my fierce adoration of this beverage) and I joined a book club, and I met great people. And then through those people I met other great people. Slowly, I’ve found a second family here in Toronto, people who mean the world to me.
Lately, I’ve been going to more book-related events (of which Toronto hosts a lot), and I’m seeing some of the same faces at them. I’ve struck up casual acquaintances with a few fantastic book-minded ladies. Perhaps these will grow into stronger friendships; you never know!
Where did you meet your friends? Do you have any stories about old friends and new ones that you’d like to share?