I’ve had a lot of good intentions to do something with this blog over the last year but life and other projects have gotten in the way. Much as I’d like to post here a couple times a week, I’m finally ready to admit that it just isn’t going to happen. Maybe someday I’ll make something more of this space, but for now I’m going to just try for a monthly letter and hope I can at least get that much done…
So here it is, already the last month of 2016. I’m truly amazed at how quickly this one went by. Maybe having a toddler has something to do with it – chasing a little being around in circles all day trying to keep the damage and mess and tantrums to a minimum has a way of making the days all run together.
We spent time with family in Texas for Thanksgiving – a much needed break from the relentless rain and dark of the Pacific Northwest. It was even warm enough for outdoor swimming! Now we’re back home, expecting snow next week and getting ready to put our Christmas tree up this afternoon. We’ve all settled in for the long winter – even the dogs seem to be hibernating. I know I’m being melodramatic about the weather but I grew up in the desert and all this damp cold is still something I’m not used to.
I haven’t been reading as much as I’d like, although I’m hoping I can get back into the swing of things in December. I have a few Goodreads challenges I’m still hoping I can finish (speaking of which – have you friended me there yet? If not, I hope you will! It’s one of my favorite places to be online). My favorite book I read in November was Jennifer Crusie’s Bet Me. It was light and fun and sexy and smart and I couldn’t put it down. I can’t wait to read more of her work!
On the writing front, I’m still finishing the first draft of Love Between Bites but I’m hoping to get it done and to the editor by the end of the year. Love by Christmas, my latest Crystal Falls novella, went up for sale at the end of October and it’s doing well still. I’m glad to see renewed interest in the series – it helps me slog through the difficult parts of the writing, knowing there are people out there reading and enjoying the other Crystal Falls books.
I’m looking forward to this holiday season, to doing some baking and to introducing my son Connor to the Christmas traditions I loved as a kid. And, honestly, I’m ready to put this year behind me and start fresh in 2017. Although we made some good memories, most of the year was pretty rough for me.
Time to get decorating now… I wish you and your loved ones a very happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!