New Year’s Day is the most magical day of the year. More magical than Christmas, Easter, April Fool’s Day and your birthday all rolled in to one. Because New Year’s Day is about beginnings. Endings were for yesterday. Today is like a shiny new penny. You hold it tight in your fist and look over the counter at the candy store imagining all the gumballs it will buy.
Okay, a penny won’t buy a single gumball these days. But you get my point. On New Year’s Day, no matter how bad your finances are, no matter how out of shape you are, no matter how much you hate your boss, you get the feeling that “this is the year.”
This is the year you’ll leave that dead-end job behind and pursue your dream. This is the year you’ll pay off all those credit cards. This is the year you’ll shed those extra pounds. This is the year you’ll meet that special someone.
It doesn’t matter if you make a list of resolutions or not–the hope is there, whispering to you in the back of your brain. You can’t help it. It’s magic. It’s New Year’s!
This year is feeling especially magical for me, as it looks like I’ll finally have a chance to pursue the dream of being my own boss and writing full time. Leaving the corporate politics, pressure and raised blood pressure behind for days on the couch eating bon-bons.
Still, I’m excited about it.
Thank you so much for stopping in to my new blog / website. It is a sign of the new beginning for me for this year. But I don’t want to forget all those who stuck with me for the last year or two. Hundreds of you posted in the guestbook of my old website last year asking when LEGACY OF STONE, the third book in the Gargoyle paranormal romance series would be out. I am sorry to say that for a time (quite a long time) I was overcome by that dead-end job, the pressure and other life events and was very slow to finish the book. But I’m quite happy to say that it is now FINISHED and in the hands of my editor. I don’t have a shelf date yet, but rest assured it is in the works, and you’ll all be the first to know when I have a date. Um…that would be because I snagged your email addresses off your posts and you’ll all be getting a news flash when the schedule is set. Hope that’s okay.
I also have completed a new book for Silhouette Romantic Suspense that I’m excited about. Read about it in the “Upcoming Releases” section by following the link on the right side of this page. I don’t have a release date on this one yet either, but it is complete and with my editor. She tells me it will probably be early 2010 before it shows up on shelves.
Okay, so this is the first post. What is this blog going to be about? Just books and writing? No way!
I am one of those people who is lucky enough to pursue multiple passions in life. So check back here to read about not just writing, and books (not just mine), but trail riding (on horseback), working with search and rescue dogs and slow cooker (crock pot) cooking.
Tune in tomorrow for my all-time favorite slow cooked “comfort food” recipe — chicken and dumplings.
Until then, please leave me a comment to let me know you stopped by, and if you have other ideas for discussion, please let me know! I would like to promise that I’ll blog everyday, but I know in my heart that won’t be possible. There are times when I’m camping in wilderness areas or on a disaster scene doing search and rescue that I won’t have cell signal or Internet access. But I’ll do my best to keep up to date with either blog entries or twitter reports (see upper right hand corner of screen) as close to daily as possible.
Happy New Year everyone!