Nov 29, 2010

Who said It's to soon to think about 2011?

Hey, let’s take a moment and ponder…
We are about to dip into the last month of the year and what do we have to show for ourselves? Nothing – SAY WHAT!
I sat down at my computer this morning and went through my usual routine of checking my e-mails, reading my favorite blogs and chuckling over my kitten pictures (totally the highlight of my day) and thought, “this is what I spend a lot of my time doing.” I didn’t complete a new manuscript this year; I tweaked the hell out of my old one. I’ve also been polishing a manuscript from three years ago. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I did start a new one, ooops, better make that three new ones but never got to the part where I say, whoopee, I’m addicted and can’t wait for the all important, ‘the end.’
So, lets get these resolutions for 2011 underway, shall we. 1st, I’m president of our Utah chapter of the RWA, major commitment there (). 2nd, I want to make sure that Excuse Me has the completed follow up finished, polished and queried so that others are excited about Ante Up as I am. 3rd, the new YA, Hallowed Halls; my all time ‘dear to my heart’ manuscript, needs to be done next. And so it will be.
I blew NANO, so I will gear up to take that on next November. I enjoy it and still let it fizzled through the snow-my bad.
All that said (I mean whined about) I will be spending December getting what is left of this year on the straight and narrow and dedicating 2011 to that lovely four letter word “busy”. Glasses up in the air, Salute. Decision made, accepted and verbally (or written) announced – let’s walk on with our head held high to 2011 and a year of completions.

Nov 1, 2010

Guten Auben Herr Halloween

The spooks have all been put to bed
All that candy gone to their head
And now as parents we stand back to see
Just how dang sick they’re gonna be.

Chocolate, chewy’s and gum for miles or more
Halloween traditions bought from the store.
Say so long to the spiders, the ghosts and the ghouls
Holidays are sprouting – now Christmas Trees rule!

The weather was not ideal for lasts nights trek to the houses. It rained, it stormed and then goodness, it rained some more. My grandson’s little feet were frozen, their tiny fingers were bright pink, but do you think they’d had enough? No. Their bags were dragging by the time they returned to my door. Soaked, but delighted with all their cavity causing merchandise. It was the highlight to the hot and heavy costumes, coats and umbrella’s that they had to wear.
This morning, after a quick church service, I ran to the grocery story and ‘what a transition‘ had occurred. Spiders are gone and Santa has arrived. No moment of deep breath nor preparation was allowed. Out with the bags of fun sized and in with the holiday wrapping paper. The heavy holiday season has just arrived, big sized.
It’s my least favorite time of the year. I prefer the summer months of thanks to our service men, fireworks and picnics. A few words of gratitude and humbling memorials and we get on with our lives. Quick, easy and done. Now, we spend almost everyday worrying about what to get Uncle Tom, Dick and Harry. Chewing our fingers over our guess regarding the shirt size we bought for Teri, Diane or Hilga. Did we miss any one? Oh, and the all time favorite – what am I supposed to where to the company Christmas Party.
Oops, it looks like Grand Mama needs a sweet drink, a good book and a warm blanket so that November arrives smooth and happy. Beware of the boogie man and smile for the fat bird to feast and the family around the Thanksgiving table. Here’s to the up coming holidays and putting on a happy face.
Until next Sunday, have a great week behind the keyboards and a lot of words for Nano