Life has been busy lately. Almost all fun stuff. My writers club had its last meeting of the year–our annual holiday carry-in–last Wednesday. Dawn and David went all out to decorate their beautiful house for Christmas, and trees and holiday decorations brightened every room. The food was wonderful. It always is. We gossiped and laughed, and since we’re writers, ended up talking shop here and there.
We won’t have another meeting until January 9. And for some reason, that makes me feel like I don’t have to be a “good” writer and pound out so many words a day, like I usually do. The pressure’s off, which is silly. I still have 15,000 words to write on my fourth Jazzi mystery. But no matter how hard I try, when I don’t feel accountable to Scribes for making progress, I revert to being a kid on summer break. And I don’t even feel that guilty about it:)
I intend to still write, still work on book four, but I’ll write at a more leisurely pace. I’ll enjoy the perks of the season more than usual. We had friends over for supper on Friday night and I made Cheryl’s favorite dessert–bread pudding with rum sauce. Next Friday, we’re having another friend come for supper. She loves smoked meat, so I’m making smoked Cornish hens. And Tuesday night, I’m going to a Christmas program with Sia. I’m in the mood to play more than work, ready to make jolly.
I still have writerly duties to do. Lyrical Press scheduled the book cover reveal for The Body in the Wetlands for December 22nd. I need to go to Canva.com to design Facebook and twitter headers for the second book. I need to find some excerpts I can share once in a while. Today, I want to polish the Jazzi and Ansel Christmas story I’m going to post on my webpage this coming week. BUT, I can work for a while, play for a while, because I won’t be reporting what I’m up to at Scribes. I don’t have to be a responsible author again until January 9th:)
Happy writing to all of you, but I hope you get some play time, too!