Tuesday, December 25, 2012

The Blank Page

2012 has been quite a year for me both personally and professionally. On a personal note, my mother fell and broke her hip twice, once in September and again in October. Thankfully, she’s doing well and I’m praying for a full recovery. It’s been a difficult time, especially for her, of course, but also for me because I’m her primary caregiver. It hasn’t been easy for either of us but I’ve learned a lot through it all – about her and about myself – and since I believe that everything happens for a reason, I trust things will work out for the best.
Book signing in April for "Mixed Messages"

Professionally, this year has been incredible! Post Mortem Press published the first two novels in my Malone mystery series, Mixed Messages and Unfinished Business. A dream come true! Some days, when I wake up in the morning, I have to pick up copies of my two books and hold them in my hands to convince myself that it really happened.
But 2013 is fast approaching and, although I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, I do set goals for the coming year, especially when it comes to my writing. A blank page is like a new year. It’s a fresh start, a chance to write the beginning of a whole new story. It’s exciting but it’s also scary. Where to start? What will happen? What part will each character play in the story? So many unanswered questions as I begin to plot and write the third book for my series.
My “plan” is to finish the book by the end of summer. Plan is in quotation marks because, if there’s one thing I’ve learned this year, it’s that the saying, “Man plans; God laughs,” is really true. None of us knows what the new year (or the new book) will bring but I choose to believe that it will be everything I hope for and more. I hope it is for you too!
Happy New Year!