It’s a whole other season when you’re the resident writer on a farm.
When the busyness of our crazy September-October selling season draws to a close, my life takes an abrupt turn, kind of like those country roads with the “Sharp Curve Ahead” signs.
Come the first of November I trade my farm boots (most days) for a writing hat (not really, I’m inside, so I don’t wear a hat, sillies! But you get the gist.) 🙂 And holiday Grandma and Mom hat… and grandmother to track runners and basketball players and soccer cuties hat. And honestly, it’s so much fun to go back to the other normal. You guys know what I mean, it’s like the end of summer vacation, how you’re just ready for some sort of schedule again.
I’ve learned to never schedule a deadline in December. I work all year, in the middle of the night, but after a couple of early career December deadlines, I realized two things:
- A lot of publishing kind of shuts down in December so everything takes longer, therefor why rush????
- I want my Christmas prep, my Advent season, to be focused on faith and family and if I have a deadline looming, I have to juggle a really important plate that can’t be dropped…. and I learned years ago to keep Christmas as simple and faith-filled as I could, so freeing up my schedule for just writing and blogging that month is plenty!
This way I don’t have to fret over changed schedules, flu outbreaks, kids that need watching, Grandmas that need help, (those older Grandmas, the “Gee-Gees” in a family) because that’s how it happens, right? We did our Gingerbread House day in early January because everyone got sick on Christmas vacation! Oh, those germs!!!
A Gingerbread Village!!!!! With a train!!!
Gluing the houses together with frosting… So important!
And a darling girl with an artistic flare!
So we got that done in January…. and then there was this:
Needless to say, neither the car nor the deer came out of this well.
So the car went off to salvage land, the deer went to wherever deer go and Farmer Dave walked away from it, so all is well!
A fun, at the farm birthday party for a five-year-old cutie, and a cute rainbow cookie cake!
Kitchen success with Jambalaya recipe… Available over at Yankee-Belle Cafe, a cooking and lifestyle blog with some great authors.
And then total Kitchen Fail with a new cheesecake recipe!
Look at this…. SIGH….. Little Lena was helping, and I think we seriously over-mixed the cheese mixture because this is a mess!!!!
BUT OUR DINOSAUR FOSSILS CAME OUT GREAT! Lena and I are working on a dino-themed preschool unit, and the “fossils” were a lot of fun.
And know those snow pics I love to share????????
Farm boys in the January rain!!!!!! Pouring rain…. but like 60 degrees, so where did that come from?
But throughout all of this I’ve been busily writing. I finished editing “Finding Peace in Wishing Bridge” and that will be released from Amazon (Kindle and paperback) on March 2nd!
And I got a mystery proposal approved, so that’s next on my agenda, to finish that mystery and get it polished this winter…
And then there’s this!!!! I just got copies of my 2nd Golden Grove book (and I forgot to pick a winner from last month’s post, totally my fault, so I’m going to pick three winners from that post… and they are:
3. Alice Haney
AND…. two winners of the April book, Golden Grove 2, “Learning to Trust”!!!
And this is mailing week, so if you get your addresses to me, I’m sending everything on my list out this coming week, so I can check those boxes off for now! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org!
A second beautiful love story set in Central Washington state, a place I absolutely love!
So there you go. That’s how my January’s gone. All the aspects of normal crazy that we call life, but so many blessings, too.
So how has your January been?
Tell me below and I’ll put your names in for one of the “Learning to Trust” copies!