Monday, December 24, 2012
Sunny and cold
Merry Christmas! It’s a frosty morning here, but beautiful.
Billy Root’s got some info on the free Jain Lazarus holiday story now available — for a limited time. Go visit him here.
Busy, busy weekend. Lots of food and fun. Caught up with schoolwork on Saturday, finishing off my World History course. Jeremy Adelman, the professor, truly opened my eyes and got me looking at the world and how and why patterns appear and continue in new ways, and I’m grateful to him for that. This class will stay with me, support, and influence my work for years.
I’m behind in the Astronomy course, but will catch up this week. Since I’m auditing it, rather than going for certification, I’m not under the same kind of deadline pressure.
Decorating is done, food shopping is done, cards are done. There are a few e-cards that have to go out today, but the rest is done. I also have to wrap presents.
MURDER’S INTOLERANCE is coming along well. I have the new manuscript deadline for CRAVE THE HUNT, which means that goes back into the roster as of January 1. I’m prepping the classes and the private student segments for the beginning of the year, and working on the new brochure. I’m working on my questions for Goals, Dreams, and Resolutions — and getting some surprising answers.
The Twelve Days of Christmas stories are coming along — they are pretty funny. Kurt and Daisy, my two protagonists, are pretty wacky. I am, however, glad I didn’t put the pressure on myself to write, revise, and upload them for THIS year — I think that would have taken the fun out of it. As it is, I can WRITE them over this year, then put them away, look at them over the summer, and offer them next year — which should be a ton of fun.
Got an idea for a pseudo-Dickensian steampunk — I’m making notes for it, so I can figure out how and when to add it to the queue.
I’m easing up on hustling work for the next couple of days, but by Thursday, I need to get back into the swing of it. I need substantially more dollars coming in for January than are currently booked. Part of that is extricating myself from some slow-paying and low-paying clients (a recurring theme for this year).
I have some articles to write over the next ten days — looking forward to that.
I’d offered to be the on-call backup for the Marine Life Center these next few days, but haven’t heard, so I’m assuming they’re covered.
The Solstice ceremony itself was lovely. I added in a remembrance for those in Newtown, CT.
I had to cut a whole section out of the post, because it overlapped too much with material from an upcoming article.
In any case, I intend to read a lot, write a lot, and cook a lot over the next few days.
I wish you a lovely, peaceful, and safe holiday!
Two Nina Bell comic mysteries available for the holidays! Excerpts and buy links here.
A romantic comedy/fantasy twist on Yuletide myths by Ava Dunne here!