First, I'm delighted to appear on a blog in preparation for Mystery Thriller Week - novels featuring art and artifacts with Jennifer Alderson.
Blog changes: Beginning this week, I will post my blog as usual on Tuesdays, and my short story reviews Thursdays. Authors often like to share reviews of their work, and this will make it possible without including my vacation photos or personal writing news.
Anticipation - Dashed! I noticed on Facebook a building anxiety over the weekend concerning the weather. People were stocking up and planning to play hooky (if they did not have Martin Luther King Jr. Day off). A bit of snow drifted from the gray skies, but the snow storm of the decade did not materialize.
My husband dryly noted that in Colorado, "You don't forecast the weather. You report it."
So it was off to work as normal for my household. Being snowed in wouldn't have helped me tremendously, as I have the capability to work from home. If I want a day away from responsibilities to work on my fiction, I have to schedule it.
Home Improvement: On the home front, I am very excited to finally have the time and money to do some home improvements. We try to pay for big expenses in cash. At this point, I am ready to replace our ratty carpet with anything short of dirt, but we're trying to work a deal on wood flooring. Here's hoping!
Writing News: I have a lot of irons in the fire - three short stories and three novels in some stage of development. I know from past experience that I will get my projects finished. I am reasonably certain I will enjoy the success of placing some of them with publishers. But I am definitely in nose-to-the-grindstone phase right now.
Big plans. Lots of plans. We try to stay balanced, using Colorado weather forecasting as an example that things can change in a heartbeat. Or not.
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