I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. P.R. and I had a nice quiet time at home. We got the pleasure of enjoying each others company for two entire weeks. It was amazing.
I am sure you noticed I, more or less, disappeared from social media for a while. Normally, P.R. works 12-14 hour days and we rarely get to see each other during the week. So when P.R. ended up with a broken leg which forced P.R. to take a break (pun intended) from work and stay home for a few weeks, we did everything we could to enjoy that time together.
We celebrated our sixth wedding anniversary, had a lovely Christmas and New Years at home, we saw the new Star Wars movie, binge watched several TV shows, and caught up on a lot of movies we missed in the theater. Now, P.R.'s leg is healing very nicely and we have both started to get back to work.
I have made my goals for this year: finish the Into the West Saga, finish at least the first audio book for the saga, get my books on the shelves of at least one local book store, and go to the Frankfurt Buchmesse this year. If you are not familiar with that, it is one of (if not the) largest book fairs in the world. I would also like to look into being part of the book mile book fair they have here in town every summer. It is a mile long row of tables and tents of books. You can find everything there from rare collectables to new releases. It would be amazing to be part of that. I need to get more information first, then we will see about that one.
I have a chance to win another award for my first novella, Into the West: The Orphan Train. TopShelf has nominated it for a "second chance" in their 2020 Indie Book Awards. Meaning, I get to submit it again for another chance to win first place. If I accept, the book is automatically awarded a "nomination" certificate and cover badge from their awards contest. I honestly have no idea how much weight that might, or might not, carry in the literary world but I do know the more awards a book has, the more attention it gets, and my books need more attention.
For today, I just wanted to hop online and briefly check-in. I wanted to let you know I'm getting back to work and hope to have new sneak peeks and more good news coming soon. I know today is normally Friday Funnies so I want to leave you with a few New Years Jokes.
All our best from P.R., Dianne, Shaggy, and myself for a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year!
On New Years Eve P.R. asked me where I see myself in the new year.
I replied, "How would I know, I don't have 2020 vision."
I made a New Years resolution to read more . . .
. . . so I put subtitles on my TV.
I was going to make a resolution to quit all my bad habits in 2020 . . .
. . . but then I remembered that I am not a quitter!!
You just know 2020 is going to be filled with all kinds of "perfect vision" puns and jokes.
I can't wait to see them all as soon as I find my glasses.
I am already looking forward to New Years Day 2021.
Then I can say, hindsight really is 2020!