The Lead Up to the Holidays

The Lead Up to the Holidays

Blogging this morning in a winter wonderland. Forty centimetres of snow beginning Thursday night, and the city is still digging out. On the plus side, we’re going to have a white Christmas!

Speaking of which, my talk at the Capital Crime Writers’ Christmas dinner went great with lots of laughter sprinkled throughout. It was a nice, relaxed evening and so good to meet in person as opposed to via Zoom. This was my last event of 2022 and a fine way to close out the year.

So I have to admit that I haven’t had a very productive week on the writing front. I laboured on a scene that took a while to work through. I think it turned out okay and I’m ready to start on the next chapter. However, this has been such a busy time of year as we’re a week away from Christmas Eve that I don’t imagine I’ll get much done. It’s hard to concentrate when there’s so much to do! Today, I’ll be shovelling snow, baking cookies, and cleaning … I’m tired just thinking about it.

My When Last Seen audiobook narrator, Heather Williams has been working steadily, and I’ve had a chapter to review almost daily. She’s past the half-way mark and doing a fabulous job. We’ve agreed that a holiday break is in order next week.

We’re also taking a break from 7 Criminal Minds blogspot until January after each of the 10 authors posting our book picks for the year. You can read my post here.

So the week ahead. Heather and I will be working on a few more chapters in the audiobook. I want to write at least one more chapter in my latest manuscript and I need to get When Last Seen finalized for pre-order on Amazon and Ingram. That seems like enough! For now, a cup of coffee, Wordle and Foodle, and then outside to start shovelling.

I wish you a good last week getting ready for Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, for those of you who celebrate. This lead up week is always my favourite time, and it sure feels wintery and Christmasy as I look outside at the snow-laden trees … just right for the upcoming holidays. I see a fire, book and tea in my afternoon future.