I’ve been working and writing pretty much nonstop for… well, for the last five years for sure and probably longer and I need a break. That’s not a whine…well, okay, maybe a little bit of a whine, but the fact is, I need to get away. Thankfully, I am getting away in about about a week! YAY! Liz and I are going on retreat for four days and I can’t wait.
Retreat doesn’t mean I’ll stop writing. As a matter of fact our retreats are all about writing, but it does mean I’ll set my editing gigs aside for four days and focus entirely on the current WIP. Plus I need to write a proposal for the next River’s Edge series, which my editor and I have already discussed. I’m excited about it, but it feels far away and it should. I need to be in the here and now and in Cam and Harper’s story, which is, thankfully, coming along well.
Otherwise, a quick heart update--the meds continue to work well and I’m being amazingly compliant after a bit of a sugar binge over the holidays. It always surprises me how crappy I feel when I do a sugar overload–why doesn’t that realization ever stick? You’d think after 70 years of living with this body, I’d know that I simply can’t eat a bunch of sugar. But–and this isn’t an excuse, merely a reason–I love sweets and I love to bake at the holidays and I love to eat what I and my friends and neighbors bake. Putting the stuff away in the freezer doesn’t help because I will eat Christmas cookies and fudge thawed or frozen. As a matter of fact, I like them better frozen. But I am exercising (treadmill in this bitter weather), back to watching what I eat, and doing what I must to stay healthy.
Now for the question part: Liz and I are talking about redeeming bad guys in our stories–hmmm…now I’m wondering if readers would be put off if I tried to give Ryan “Tuff” Tuffington a second chance at love in the next series. Remember Tuff? He was Jenny Weaver’s ex in Christmas in River’s Edge. Tell, me, my dear readers, could you love a hero who was the bad guy in a previous story but turned his life around and is now working hard and wishing he had a love as real as his ex wife’s? Thoughts?
Gratitude for this week: Snow–the world is blanketed in white and looks lovely; my warm little house; a new haircut that I really like; WIP is moving along–finally! Got to spend time with the kids last night, always a treat!
Stay well, stay safe (masks in a crowd are a good idea right now), be kind, and most of all, mes amis, stay grateful,