January can be a difficult month. The holidays are over. Visiting family members have returned to their own homes and careers. The bills wait to be paid, which means no more fun shopping for a while! The sparkly decorations are back in the attic, the parties are over, and it’s back to the heart-healthy diet we started last year without the excuse of the holidays for cheating with all those yummy sweets. College football — which I follow avidly every year — is over until fall. It’s been bitterly cold in Arkansas, as in other parts of the country, limiting our time outside. I love my work, but it’s hard to get back into the sometimes lonely, daily writing routines after the whirlwind of holiday activities. On top of all that, I have a nasty cold that makes me want to just curl under the covers and moan.
It’s time for an attitude adjustment. Time to take stock of the good things in life. I truly enjoyed the holidays. It was so great to spend time with all three of our kids and the son-in-law who became a part of our family two and a half years ago. Cold weather is soup weather, and I love soup, so I’ve tried several very good — and diet friendly — recipes in the past couple of weeks. I’m thoroughly enjoying the medical student series I’ve been writing and I look forward to moving on in this story, letting the characters surprise me a few times along the way. I’ve read some very good books in the past couple of weeks, always a lovely way to escape my problems. And there’s the Super Bowl to look foward to, and new episodes of Lost and Burn Notice and White Collar and House and Castle to fill the cold, early-dark evenings.
Most of all, I’m grateful for my friends. My writer friends have been instant messaging this week, all bemoaning that we’ve forgotten how to write during the holidays! We all know it’s not true, but it feels good to have friends who completely identify with our complaints as well as our joys, isn’t it? That’s why we’re drawn to people who share our careers and our hobbies and our other life circumstances. When my children were younger, I bonded with other mothers I met through school and community activities, several of whom are still friends to this day as our nests empty. I have other friends with whom I share my love of books and movies and popular entertainment.
And my friends here. Thank you for your visits and your comments and your encouragement. May you find your own joys and diversions to fill the cold winter days (or warm winter days, for some of you!)
Don’t forget to sign up for the February 1 drawing for a Valentine-themed book, VALENTINE BABY. Click the Enter to Win! tab for details.
Watch for my newest title, PRIVATE PARTNERS, Silhouette Special Edition, available in stores in February, 2010. I hope you’ll find a few hours of entertainment in Anne and Liam’s love story. Click the Books Available Now tab for a synopsis and more details.
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