Good morning, everyone! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving with plenty of friends and family around. Most of our gang gathered at the home of my brother-in-law’s mother (follow that?), and we included my stepdaughter on a Skype call that allowed her to participate in the gathering, even though she lives in New York City.
As you know, I took a few weeks off from blogging. I had my hands full, and something had to give. Problem is, it was hard to choose. I’m lucky enough to fill my days with activities that I love to do…and the blog is high on the list. I love the immediacy of blogging, which balances the endless revisions that novels require. I enjoy “meeting” fellow bloggers and readers as we exchange ideas, both personal and political. While the hiatus allowed me to get various projects off my plate, it also made me a little grumpy! It feels great to be back.
In the past few weeks I have finished (and won!) NaNoWriMo, finished the layout to the print version of The Foreign Language of Friends, and got the house in order so we can sell it. We have purchased a home in Washington State, and I’ve been coordinating long distance with inspectors, learning about retaining walls and fault lines. Hubby worries that the house will one day go tumbling down the hill. Since it’s been there since 1936, I doubt it, but today the foundation inspectors will let us know for sure.
I would like to give a shout-out to my fellow Houston NaNoers, who provided cheers and encouragement during the month of November. NaNo is truly a wonderful experience where writers of all ages come together to help each other. I had the privilege, in fact, of doing a “write-in” with a couple of teenage girls in our new hometown. Despite the age difference, we were thrilled to find each other and to sit together as we worked on our novels.
This week I’m going to share my thoughts on Dr. Andrew Weil’s book Spontaneous Happiness. I figure I’ll also have plenty to say about the holiday shopping season, which began with a roar of…pepper spray? Really? As usual, I’ll recommend a blog and post some fiction, too.
Thanks again to all of you who have hung in with me and been so supportive during my time off. I hope to continue to develop this blog to provide content that is meaningful, interesting, and thought-provoking for women at midlife. To that end, if there is anything you want from me that you’re not getting, please let me know! I would love to hear from you.