It’s been a long time – and yes, I know, this is the place where I promise to do better…
I don’t know about you, but I have a bad case of 2020 fatigue – feeling like all roads lead into a thick fog.
I just want this year to be over – and while I know there’s no magical switch that will flip on January 1, I do think it might feel a bit like a fresh breeze coming from another direction. At least I hope so.
– unsettling for most. The last few months have been rough. When I last left you, I had just finished writing the first draft of my mystery novel. Since then, I’ve been rewriting, revising, and editing – diligently turning my messy draft into something readable. It’s going to be a long, l-o-n-g process.
Autumn found my heart elsewhere, though, ending with the loss of my mom in late October. After several months of not being able to see her due to COVID precautions, I am grateful for the time my siblings and I were able to share with her during her last several weeks. And while her death was not COVID related – man! – I feel as though this pandemic it has robbed so many of so much in so many ways!
BUT – there’s light at the end of the tunnel, yes?
We welcomed two Olivers into our lives, this year.
Our grandson, Oliver, was born in July. Our family is fortunate that our everyday lives allow all of us to quarantine, enabling the occasional get-together.
And – we “inherited” my mom’s sweet cat, also named Oliver. He and Chessie have been cautiously ignoring each other – I hope they might become friends someday. The jury is still out.
I’ve had the opportunity to attend virtual conferences, take writing courses, and get to know a supportive group of writers. After deciding I needed some time away from revising my first wip, I jumped into NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in November where I sent my beloved characters on a second mystery adventure. It was a frenzied month of scribbling 50,022 words into what I’m calling a “skeleton” draft – and a decidedly weird way to take a “break.” But, I’m happy I did it, and now I am ready to refocus my energies on mystery #1.
America elected a new president in 2020. I’d love nothing more than to be celebrating right now, but will hold off for Inauguration Day. The ugliness of the past month hangs like a pall over our country, threatening our democracy and tearing us apart – and quite frankly, it’s wearing me down. Still, there’s hope for change in 2021, and with it – I hope – a kinder nation.
My to-be-read list continues to grow faster than I can read – but hey, my growing pile(s) makes me smile.
Just read – and currently reading:
Mexican Gothic – well written, suspenseful, and creepy – but it crossed a razor thin line for me – the line between ghost story and fantasy. I’m just not into fantasy. But don’t let that stop you from reading it – it’s gotten great reviews.
Eleanor Oliphant – Loved it! – Such a strong voice, like slipping into the protagonist’s head.
The Sun Down Motel – current read, and so far it is deliciously creepy!
Next up – I’m going to lighten the mood with a rom-com or two (or three). Not my usual type of read but I intend to be smiling (maybe even laughing) as I bid adieu to 2020!
I hope you are all doing well – I’d love to hear about the good, bad or ugly of your 2020! Is there anything special you’re looking forward to in 2021?
I may be back before the year is out (or not) – until then, be well!