Well, readers and writers, Christmas has come and gone again. I truly hope that you and yours had a happy, peaceful day.
It was a different Christmas in the Clare household. We still ate far too many cookies, lit our Advent candles and sang carols, attended worship services, opened presents and made an absolute mess of the house. This year, though, we got to share Christmas with family (which is the main reason I haven’t been writing- or online at all, really.)
Since my mother went home to heaven this fall, we’ve been learning how our family’s “new normal” will look- I’m sure many of you know what that process is like. One change was that I ended up hosting Christmas for some of my extended family- a blessing, though a bittersweet one when we recalled the reason for the change.
As some of the visiting is likely to extend up to the New Year, I won’t be posting on this site until mid-January, However, to those of you whose blogs I follow, I’m planning to take this as an opportunity to slow down during the end days of 2019, and read.
After all, not only do I have blogs by fantastic writers to catch up on, I also have:
presents from my birthday to read, and
some new books from Christmas, and
a couple that I picked up out of interest, and also as research for my second novel, and
then there are the materials loaned to me months ago, when a friend discovered that I was interested in World War 2, and
Joy Neal Kidney’s beautiful new release, which I beta read for. I haven’t had a chance to sit down and read the final copy, yet! Those are just the print books that are waiting for me. I won’t get into the backlog on my Kindle. I see some book reviews in the future for 2020…
Of course, I can’t get straight to reading. My husband and I have a date to assemble one of his Christmas presents for me.
You see, he found this little company which produces customizable WWII action figures, and…
He “made” me an action figure of my novel’s main character for Christmas!!! (There should be quite a few more exclamation marks for that statement, but I’m trying to keep my nerdy excitement level down in public :))
I’ll be sure to share a picture, once he’s got his kit all in order.
So. For the time being, things will be a bit quiet on this site, but I’m looking forward to using the time to store up all sorts of new things to share in the New Year!
Readers and writers- what’s on your TBR pile? Do you get some time off to catch up on things during this holiday season?
Whether restful or hectic, I’m wishing you a very happy post-Christmas season, and a great start to 2020.