Friday, January 15, 2021

Aaaaaaaand we're off!!!


Hm. Maybe I should have added AND RUNNING! :-D 

But yes, it's a whole new year, a whole new world, and I am feeling alarmingly hopeful. 

But seriously, I do feel different. Of course part of that is the clear mandate of both the presidential election and the Georgia runoff. Part of it is (and this is kind of sad) I'm just getting used to living in a pandemic and a country teetering on the brink of slipping into Fascism. 

Hey. So it's true. You really CAN get used to anything.

I have a lot planned for this year. And I'll be the first to admit that I may (as is my wont) be overly optimistic about what I can achieve in these twelve tiny months. I'm not immune to what happens in the world around me. Like most of the country--most of the world--I was glued to my television set last week while we watched insurrection happening in real time. Needless to say, not a lot of writing happened. Impeachment? Another distraction. Necessary, sure. But not good for the creative process.

So I'm excited and energized and I'm setting stretch goals for myself. Which means I might be shooting for the moon. We'll see. 


So first up is Mystery at the Masquerade. Why the switcheroo with BB&S? I felt I needed something easy and light to begin with. I mean, I haven't really written--other than managing to complete one little short story--in almost a year (ten months) so I felt like I needed an easy win before I tackled Bell, Book and Scandal. 

If I can hit both of those targets, I'll feel a lot more confident of tackling the rest of the year. If I slip on either of those, well, I still might pull manage to pull off most of the year, but it's going to be more slippery, more fraught with peril. 

Usually at this point I'd list what I have in mind for the year, but like I said, I'm optimistic but also cautious. The last couple of years have been BRUTAL on my productivity and ability to hit deadlines. So we'll see. 

Take this list as more of a My Publishing Hopes and Dreams than my hard and fast schedule for the year. 

Mystery at the Masquerade

Bell, Book and Scandal

Scandal at the Salty Dog

Body at Buccaneer Bay

The 12.2% Per-Cent Solution

Murder is Served

The Movie-Town Murders

Mr. and Mrs. Murder 

Anyway, that's it. That's the plan. Let's hope life cooperates this year. 



  1. Plans are good. Productivity is good. So is being gentle with yourself when things go awry. I had plans to be on time to work this morning, but I had trouble getting out of my chair. The dogs were in the mood to snuggle, and apparently so was I. The world didn't end. Plans change. It's all good. You need to be like the little Roomba, when you hit an obstacle, back up and go a different direction. <3

  2. I'm excited for you and for us! As a huge Secrets and Scrabble fan, I'm glad you find that series to be a safe spot to regain your footing. The series is a very enjoyable, safe, comforting haven from things like - I dunno, an amoral moron running/ruining the country and deranged people trying to end democracy? I'd be embarrassed to tell you how many times I've listened to those stories to escape reality. Obviously, I'm thrilled about the other books too! Gotta brace myself to tell Sam and Jason goodbye. šŸ˜® We love and support you and hope - for your sake - that you feel calmer and more creative as each month passes. Thank you for an exciting update. Go get 'em, tiger!

  3. Good Luck ! šŸ¤£šŸ˜‚šŸ¤£šŸ˜‚šŸ¤£šŸ˜‚šŸ¤£ evil laughter follows !

  4. I wish you a year of productive writing, but above all a peaceful and healthy year!

  5. Good luck! Have fun writing these books that I’ll have fun reading. :)