I've had back- to-back visitors for six weeks. My Fey Godmother, Alix Rickloff, has given me the night off with a guest post!
IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!
Ahhh, January. Dull, dismal, blah weather, weeks with nothing on the calendar, and only one holiday which thankfully does not involve meals, family visits, gifts, or more than a single day off school. And even better…it leads into February which is exactly the same if not ickier and duller and then comes wonderful beautiful March where the weather may be slightly warmer but certainly not enough to tempt me for long periods and—Yay!—still no holidays.
Nothing in these three months to distract, delay, or draw me from my desk and my computer and my writing.
Spring is tough. Sports begin; swimming, lacrosse. Weeknights grow busy with practices and weekends are spent traveling to games. Spring break disrupts my normal routine and even if kids aren’t knocking on my office door, just having them in the house is enough to distract me.
|Kilronan Castle for a Spring Wedding!|
Summer hits, and the kids are home from school. It’s three months of minutes caught here and there as I play taxi driver and social secretary. Plus there’s the pool and the beach and vacations and camps. Is it any wonder “butt-in-chair-hands-on-keyboard” becomes a hard resolution to keep?
Fall rolls in, and writing is steady. Chapters roll off my fingers and into my hard drive, but it’s jammed between soccer and school appointments and newly restarted community meetings. There’s a birthday to plan, chores indoors and out as we prepare for the coming cold, and, of course, football to watch. Then comes Halloween, and suddenly Thanksgiving is bearing down with meals to prepare and purchase, family obligations, and the specter of the holidays looming in the not too distant future.
Need I explain about Christmas? I think not. We’ve all just lived through it. We’re all wearing the same slightly dazed wide-eyed, muddled expression; a combination of over stimulation, lack of sleep, and way too much sugar.
And so we come to January. Sweet, beautiful, quiet January. A writer’s paradise of empty days that roll one into another with no distractions and nothing to pull us away from our desks and our works in progress.
|Kilronan Castle in snow|
I need these precious weeks to pull myself together. I savor the slow drip of icy, gray days and long silent hours spent curled on my couch in front of my fire, just me, my cat, and my cast of characters wondering what’s going to happen to them next.
Are you still recovering from the holiday rush? Catching up on lost sleep? Packing away the decorations? Throwing out the last few boxes? Finding space in your crammed closets for the new gifts you just received?
What do you love best about these winter months? The fun of skiing or the calm of cocoa and warm fires? Write and let me know!
|Inside Kilronan Castle - the armor reminds us of turbulent times.|
Mahalo, Alix, for reminding us it is the most wonderful time of the year! It is also wonderful because Alix is celebrating the release of HEIR OF DANGER - the third book in her HEIRS OF KILRONAN trilogy:
After seven years outrunning enemies, friends, and his own soul-crushing memories, Brendan Douglas is risking everything on a desperate mission. He has vowed to thwart the evil mage Máelodor’s plans to unlock the past and reshape the future . . . unfortunately the precious treasure that is the key to success lies with a woman he jilted seven years before.
A woman determined to find a life of her own. . .
When her golden-eyed childhood hero abandoned her at the altar—disappearing in a storm of magic and mayhem, destruction, betrayal, and disaster—Elisabeth Fitzgerald struggled to overcome her humiliation and loss. Finally, she has found a new fiancé and a comfortable future. Then, the one man she thought she would never see again appears—among her wedding guests. Brendan Douglas has returned.
An inescapable destiny. . .
It’s not just that Elisabeth is promised to another; Brendan knows he is drawing her into terrible danger. But he cannot resist the bewitching, brave, wholly unexpected woman his youthful nemesis has become. He promised to sacrifice everything, but is he willing to sacrifice Elisabeth?
I am giving away a print copy of HEIR OF DANGER to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about what you love about this time of year!
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, January 14, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, January 15.
Kim in Hawaii
To learn more about Alix and her books, including links to purchase, log onto her website at www.alixrickloff.com.
Check out my review of HEIR OF DANGER on Goodreads at this link.