It's that time of year again. The time where motivation wanes. I usually have trouble keeping myself focused from September all the way through January, but this year I've been lucky. I've been able to keep working at a pretty steady rate...until now. The past couple of days, I haven't gotten much done. I keep thinking about presents I need to buy, and cookies I need to make--not to mention laundry that needs to be folded and the near-constant stream of dishes to be done. If I let it, writing could very easily take a back seat.
I've hit the 50% mark on my anthology contribution, so I think I'm still doing okay. My production isn't nearly where I want it, but at least I'm working.
For the writers out there, how do you handle the holiday slump? For the readers, do you find you read more during the holiday season, or less?
If you haven't entered the contest for a print copy of STS yet, there's still time. See the post below for details.
I got my print author copies of Settling the Score via UPS a little while ago. This is the first time I've gotten author copies of my print books, and it's a surreal experience. *g* I keep picking them up and leafing through the pages.
I'm giving away a signed copy. For anyone who's interested, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with Settling the Score in the subject line, so I can keep these entries separate from my regular monthly contest. I'll draw the winner on Friday.
I just finished reading this book on Saturday night. I have to say, the first few pages were a little slow for me, but once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. So many twists that every time I thought I had the story figured out, I was wrong. I really appreciate a suspense book that keeps me guessing until the very last few pages.
I didn't really like Elise at first, but I think not really knowing whether she was a victim or a liar was part of the fun of reading the book.
I'm reading Sleeping with Fear by Kay Hooper right now. So far, it's really good. Lots of unanswered questions, so it's keeping me reading. I just ordered a bunch of new books, including Thomas Harris's Hannibal Rising. I've read all his other books, and I'm really looking forward to the new one. It seems like it'll be an interesting read.
What have you been reading lately? Any upcoming books you're looking forward to?
The mini-diva has a 2 day dance workshop in Boston this weekend. She was chosen as a showcase dancer in her age group, and from what her teacher tells me, she was chosen because she's the highest level dancer her age at the studio. She's very excited, and I thought it was pretty cool, too. :) Plus, Travis Wall from So You Think You Can Dance is teaching the hip-hop class she'll be taking, and she's a little starstruck already.
My middle one went to his father's house for the weekend, but my oldest wants to come into town with me. It's about a 45 minute drive, and we'll be down there for 6 hours each day. Unfortunately, the 70 degree weather we've had for the past few days isn't going to be around tomorrow. It's going to drop into the 40s. So we'll be bundled up as we're walking around looking for things to do. *g*
What does everyone else have planned for the weekend? Anything exciting?
It's raining tonight. And cold. One of those nights I feel like curling up on the couch and wrapping up in a blanket. I didn't get much writing done today, since I'm still catching up from missing a night of sleep over the weekend. I read for a little while instead--Sandra Brown's Ricochet. I've been on a suspense kick lately and bought a bunch of new books I really didn't need, since my TBR shelves are already full enough as it is. *g*
Have you read any good books lately?