Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Wishing you the Merriest Christmas Ever

This is the closest to a decorated Christmas tree I'm going to have this year. My husband doesn't like putting it up anymore. The last time we had it up and decorated, our cats thought it was a new play toy and knocked off all the glass decorations which shattered all over. Now we have an 18 month old great-grandson who visits often. His grandpa calls him "Bam Bam." When I decorated, I took that into consideration and only put out the stuff that is unbreakable.

I have a whole array of stuffed moose and he's quite welcome to play with them. He likes the one that sings, "Grandma got run over by a reindeer."

Decorating was so much easier this year with my two excuses: cats and great-grandson.

Plus, I've really been busy. Just came off an intensive blog tour for Raging Water which took a lot of time.
I just send off the 2nd edits for the next book in my Rocky Bluff P.D. series, Dangerous Impulses, and wrote the blurb for it.

The next in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series is still being heard by my critique group and I'm writing the 2014 offering in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series.

Who has time for holidays?

Me, really I do. I just don't do quite as much as I used to. Went to a fun church Christmas party, and to see The Hobbit with hubby and a good friend--in fact the woman who is really Miqui Sherwood in Raging Water and she's loved every minute of it.

Our critique group is meeting for dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant.

And Christmas Eve three of our grandsons will join us, along with our son, and their lady loves and Bam Bam for dinner and opening of gifts.

Christmas day we plan to sneak off and go see a movie. Afterwards we'll visit daughter and son-in-law and their grandkids and see if they received the gifts they asked for.

So that's how we'll be celebrating.

Oh, and if you want to catch up on my Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, check it out at my publishers: http://mundania.com/



Di Eats the Elephant said...

The moose sound like a delightful replacement to the Christmas tree! I've always wondered how a published author balances their writing, critiquing, editing, and marketing schedules. It seems you manage to keep one book in each phase so if you want to move to a different part of the process, it's easily done, then back to whatever you needed to leave for a while. How did you get them in that cycle when you were starting out? Did you press through to get one written, then start reading it to your critique group while starting to write another one? And does that mean that you didn't work within and with a critique group until you'd finished the first one completely? At what stage of the writing of a new concept/idea/novel do you start bouncing ideas and words off other writers? Thanks for sharing a glimpse into your holiday. Sounds like you have the right life!!

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

I started with the Rocky Bluff P.D. series and kept writing them though I first had trouble finding a publisher and then keeping one. Can't remember exactly when I started the other series, but I always had a book for two ahead.
Juggling all the chores isn't that easy. Sometimes my critique group doesn't get to hear the complete book because I have to get it sent off. Ideas start popping in my head for the opposite series from the one that I am on and I jot them down. I hope I answered all your questions.

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