Happy Valentines Day my peoples. Hope you are staying warm and snuggly with your loved one(s), may they be of the two-legged or four-legged variety. I’m spending today at home with my favorite traditional love meal of heart shaped meat by-products on a frozen pizza. Because I’m classy like that. Also, lazy. Which reminds me to mention, please forgive my slowness in posts lately, but it is with good reason…
Good news: It’s taken four years, countless late nights, and a healthy heap of rejection…but I got myself a book deal. Huzzah!
Bad news: The turnaround will be less than two months. Big deadline in early March with a scheduled publication in September. That’s real, reauuul fast by commercial publishing standards.
I can’t say a whole lot more than that at this time, but you can bet I’ll share details with you guys as soon as I can. This book wouldn’t be happening without you, so y’all will be the first to know. Pinky swear. In the meantime, between the book stuff and work stuff that pays the bills, I’m a little behind. Not just here on the blog but in the general scheme of life. Don’t tell anyone, but my Christmas tree is still up, my house is a mess, and last night I ate dinner off of a small paper plate usually used for cat food because I haven’t done dishes in a week. Maybe longer. Not sure. Even the cat was not impressed with my lack of get-it-togetherness. Mother of God, why she is so judgmental?
In better news, I’m doing a really good job of battling through my annual round of seasonal depression by scheduling time to paint a little each day. I can’t find the words to tell you how much it is helping. I used to dread February each year because of what it meant for my mental health…now I’m only sad it’s half way over. How about that?! Hoping to share (and maybe even sell?) some of the results soon. I’m saying it’s great stuff, but it’s there. And it’s growing. There might have been a llama involved. And a lot of flowers. A whole lot of flowers. This morning I went to 7Eleven and the checkout counter was loaded with flowers and chocolate (it’s valentines day after all) so now I’m thinking chocolate might be my next subject du-jour. That’s just a alogical transition, right? Right. So stay tuned.
And speaking of chocolate and sweet things…
Thank you to everyone who participated in the annual valentine swap! I was just on Facebook looking at the photos you guys are uploading. WHOA! Every year the creative bar gets raised a little bit higher. Organizing gets a little more complicated as well. This year I set up a very sophisticated randomizing formula in my spreadsheet to shuffle all the names…apparently I shuffled it so that 1 in 15 people got their own name back. Doh! So that was fun for everyone. Thanks to you all for being patient with me. There is no text book on how to run these things, mistakes happen, but it warms my heart to see people sharing their creative outcomes with total strangers. You guys are the best!
Happy Valentines to you and yours.