|Cliffs north of Burns, OR|
I'm not writing this as a downer but rather as a "Pick myself up by the bootstraps" and make the changes necessary to make this the year I had hoped. The whole mess started with getting sick when we returned from a fun trip to see children and grandchildren in Alaska over Christmas. I came down with the virus that has knocked so many people on their backsides. I didn't write and barely even checked the internet for two weeks while I slept-literally-day and night. But that seemed to be the best way to get over it, only I discovered my body had turned the virus into strep throat. Once I had the right meds, it didn't take long to get well.
|Fish Lake heading up the Steens|
I came home and crashed for a week. Which made getting the next mystery published by the book signing impossible. I wrote to the book store owner and apologized and while at the signing had a fan also give me a good talking to for not having that book there for her to purchase. The illnesses, traveling, and having company, put a cramp in my usual meeting of expectations.
The funny or ironic twist to this, is I'd told myself I would not keep as harried a schedule this year. I'd only promote and write in the morning and spend the afternoons doing things outside. So far the weather hasn't cooperated too well for that, but I have gotten outside more and plan to keep spending more and more time outside, riding my horse, walking, and planting flowers and vegetables.
|Wild flowers on the south side of the Steens taken last June|
So while I didn't start the year as I'd planned, I will get out more and spend less time at my desk and computer. You will see two more mystery novels and hopefully a novella from me this year and two more Letters of Fate books, if I press on as planned and spend my time outside. That is manageable and fun. I can't not write, so I might as well put out books for others to enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing them.
Has this year started well for you or are you doing a jump start in April as well?