I'll be taking Thursday and Friday off from the blog, so I'd like to wish everyone a Happy New Year and hope your 2010 is full of joy, that you succeed in keep your resolutions (if you make any), and that all your dreams come true.
The high point of 2009 for my husband and I -- we became grandparents for the first time. Our adorable granddaughter is clear out in Boston, so I foresee more travel in our immediate future.
There were plenty of other good moments, including the release of my second Sylvia and Willie mystery. Starting this blog and reaching out to the world through Twitter and Facebook have brought new friends and lots of fun into my life. And the suspense novel I began working on a year ago is finally going well (after I dumped about 15,000 words and rewrote the first few chapters).
The low points were the loss of my much-loved sister-in-law (my brother's wife), my husband's stepfather, and a very dear older cousin. I'd like it very much if all the rest of my friends and relatives could stay healthy and be careful so they stick around through 2010 and beyond. Please.
I'm not putting together a list of resolutions for 2010, other than the goals I'd already set for myself. The big one is getting this novel finished and ready to pitch to an agent at the Northern Colorado Writers Conference in March. This year will be a submission year. I have two manuscripts to market.
So on that note, I wish everyone great success in their projects of choice. And for the writers among us, remember: BITHOK -- "butt in chair, hands on keyboard."