…you see that your last post was “Happy Thanksgiving.” And tomorrow is Christmas Eve.
It’s been a hectic month, but a good one. The tree’s up and trimmed, gifts are all bought and wrapped, an 11-day stretch of time off of work is looming large and sparkly on the horizon: all good things. The baking isn’t done yet (tomorrow, there will be flour) but I made up some extra sugar cookie dough last week and froze it to save some time and the rest of the sweets recipes I chose are pretty simple. Plus, I almost got hit by a car yesterday but didn’t, so the fact that I’m alive is undeniably awesome. I really have no complaints.
This is my favorite time of year and not just because presents. I love January 1. A whole 365 days, all shiny and full of promise and fresh starts. So far, it looks like 2015 will be an interesting year, for lots of reasons:
- I will probably be hearing back on my Harlequin pitch – hopefully positively?
- Lots of new professional writing stuff on the horizon, including an MMRWA board position and a new tool for romance writers I’m rolling out with a friend.
- My stepdaughter will turn 18 and graduate a couple short months after. Hold on while I faint for a sec. *thud* The boys will be turning 11 and 4 years old, respectively. *thud, thud*
- I’ll be turning 35. Wait, what? Husband still enjoys pointing out (like I’m not already aware of it after 17 years together) that I’m older than him. By three months.
- Our family will probably, maybe, hopefully be buying a house and moving to a new town.
- PEACE, LOVE AND MURDER will be done and I’ll get to decide where to query it, agent or publisher.
There’s so many variables in life you just never know what will happen (zombie apocalypse?) but I like to plan things out as best I can. Even if I don’t stick to the plan and never get a single goal accomplished, for me, planning stuff is the funnest thing ever.
I’m not exaggerating. My 2015 strategy document is 19 pages long and has a table of contents. It also includes everything from plotting a six-book series to waxing my eyebrows weekly. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t expect to actually accomplish everything on this list. Especially the eyebrow thing. It would ruin my signature look.
But it won’t stress me out if I don’t. Pretty much, I’ll just take each day like it comes and am happy if I don’t get flattened in a Meijer parking lot by an SUV.
Is it just me? Or are there other weirdos out there who love to approach life with a combination pantser/plotter approach? Wishing safe and happy holidays to you and yours, if you celebrate them, and I’ll see you next year!