Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Good Solstice, and Happy Festivus!
To my wonderful editor, Ms Buffy, I hope tomorrow is a riot of papers and screaming grandchildren leading to a year free from loss and full of new adventures.
To my amazing artist, Gyllene, I hope tomorrow signals a start to a year where all your best dreams come true: strong business, healthy family and successful author.
To my readers, my thanks for the privilege of your time and, when moved, your commentary. Sharing this road with you has been a joy, and I am most grateful.
As you may have gathered, real life has been more than busy this past year. It has been another year of change. I own property again, a condominium which is bringing out all my old skills. Even now, I am twenty-four hours away from starting to lay black slate in my front hall. I have discovered the wonders of Facebook marketplace and how paint transforms a room. This will be the year I learn basic wiring, adding electricity to painter, paper hanger, tiler, roofer and basic carpentry.
This is also the year I started volunteering my time as a boundary monitor on the Appalachian Trail and then, there was that lost week in Edinburgh learning the correct way to appreciate whisky. It truly has been a wonderful year, full of friends, spending time with my sons, brewing mead, and parties; book clubs and, oh yes, work.
My time writing has become less, and I apologize for that. Holidays have been times I have an extra chapter to publish in celebration, but I am simply not ahead enough to publish and be confident I can maintain a weekly schedule. (I hate stories that go on long hiatus, don’t you? I so love to become involved, and then, when I can’t predict when I will be able to see what happens next, I fret!) I am finishing this story, bringing it to the conclusion that all fairy tales should have, and I have the outline for a sequel to Turnings.
Full Circle will revisit Rick, Sookie and Eric. Time has passed, and Rick has escaped the pressures of being the son of famous supernaturals by traveling to Europe. Sookie is also finding herself struggling with the pressure she feels to become a stereotypical vampire, (which, of course, she isn’t.) Full Circle explores how the strength of family can allow differences to become strengths.
Other plans for 2018? I’ll be off in May to hike the Kerry Circle in Ireland. 2019 is shaping up for a section of the Camino del Santiago. (Any takers?)
Well, back to eating Christmas cookies for breakfast. Isn’t being an adult the best?
Chapter 42 – The Flicker of What’s Passed