Well, today’s the day. The lake is officially frozen. I’ll post a picture soon –but this time of year, it’s hard to take a picture that doesn’t look like a bad golf course. Everything is all whites, grays, and watery blues.
The lake froze and, at the same time, I’m beginning to thaw. I know I haven’t posted in a while. The holidays cramped my style: kids in and out, all the shopping, wrapping n’at, and I lost my traction.
And suddenly, book stuff just dropped off. I definitely got hit with the post-book baby blues, a universal thing, I think, with writers. There is a thing called shelf-life, and now I understand that it applies to books as well as Campbell’s Bean with Bacon Soup (Bean ‘n Bacon in my family’s vernacular). I’m lucky — for a lot of writers, the blues descend immediately after the book comes out. I had a great ride, and expect a nice ride next summer, too, but the newness wore off. My book has taken a back seat, or back shelf, to all the wonderful new reads coming out. The book thing is crazy, and completely out of your control, at least from what I can gather. From my experience. Not whining — have some book club stuff coming up this spring, and some venues that want me to come talk this spring, but now, winter is here. And I froze.
Here’s why: there came a time when I couldn’t figure out if I should push on with the next thing, or work harder to promote the current book. I know, I know, I should be able to multi-task. I can, and will, if I need to. BUT, there was still a time where I had these two equal things that I was holding — push the book, or plunge into something else — and I literally froze. So I got busy wrapping. And cooking. I cooked a lot! I wrapped a lot too, but my wrapping skills did not improve.
Now I’m plunging ahead on the next thing. I’ll keep you posted on happenings with my current book, and may share some of my new work as it evolves.
In the meantime, Happy New Year, Happy Trails, and Stay Warm!
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