Hi! How was your break? Crazy? Mine, too! It's been a while, so let's do a super-fast recap of 2010 so you, loyal reader(s), are all caught up.
1. I sold my novel, Indian Princess, to Stacy Boyd at Harlequin. It'll be out sometime in 2012.
2. She'd like me to do three or four books a year.
3. I'm going to be busy.
Yes, it was a wild n' wacky Authorial year around here. In other Mom news:
4. The Kid started kindergarten and lost three teeth two weeks before Christmas. I think he grew about four inches, developed a serious fascination with art (and an artistic flair for drama), and discovered superheroes in a big, bad way.
5. My sister Leah got pregnant and is due in three months; my sister Hannah got her adoption paperwork approved. The Kid is ecstatic about forthcoming babies he can play with.
6. My husband's company relocated 'global headquarters' to Philadelphia. We spent about a month wondering if that meant we would have to relocate, too. The answer appears to be no. For now.
7. Jake the Three Legged Wonder Weiner got older. He's now on regular medications to keep his poor little three legs working. Beat the alternative, though.
8. Gater the Four Legged Mutt got mellow(er). Things get chewed in our house at a significantly reduced rate.
Yes, 2010 was a special kind of crazy. Will 2011 be any different? A Preview:
1. The Kid will struggle and resist learning to read and write. And after the hysterics have passed, he'll demand I read him a story. He will also refuse to learn to tie his shoes or ride a bike without training wheels. No word on if he'll figure out how to use his inside voice while actually inside. He will, however, master memorization and the use of gauche as a medium. He's weird like that.
2. I'll go to lots of baby showers and hopefully meet multiple babies. My sister Leah will also get married to a swell guy. The family parties will be loud and fun, and Thanksgiving next year will be a whole new world.
3. The whole family will load up in the car for a road-trip to New York City for a family vacation/RWA Conference. I hope, hope, hope to be a finalist in the Golden Heart Contest, which will give me the chance to wear my bridesmaid dress a second time (see #2 above).
4. I'll write at least two more books for Stacy Boyd. Maybe three.
So, as you can see, 2011 will be its own special kind of crazy. Part of what makes it fun is people like you. I hope you'll keep making this journey with me!