Halloween is over, and we’ve got a few weeks before the holidays get underway. I took down my scary witch hanging on my front door and replaced her with an autumn wreath, which will soon be replaced by my sparkly Christmas wreath.
I’ve got to say, autumn has always been my very favorite time of the year. I love the sights (all those leaves turning to gorgeous fall colors!), the smell of woodsmoke, the crispness in the air and the first frost. It gets my juices flowing!
At long last, I have finally begun my new novel. What with everything else I’m doing, it’s going to take awhile. Oh that I had the luxury of only writing fiction all day long! But I am going to give it my best shot at taking less than a year to complete it. It’s my usual scary scenario stuff, only this time, it’s based in the reality of climate change. Hey – maybe a movie!
So stay tuned and enjoy this beautiful season.
Well, it’s in the air here in Northern California. Looking at the weather around the country, it seems that Old Man Winter has loosened his grip elsewhere too. Having spent the first 30 years of my life in Maryland – except for a short sojourn in Monterey (where I fell in love with California) and a half year in Pensacola, Florida – I know about cold winters. Although I have to admit, I never had to go through what so many had to endure this past winter. To all of you who are weary of shoveling snow and now have to deal with all of it melting, I send you my sincere wishes for a beautiful spring and summer and hope that the melt is slow enough to avoid any further disruptions in your lives.
Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal and I am about to embark on yet another journey. As you may or may not know, I have been a wine consultant for 6 1/2 years. It’s been quite an adventure learning about the great wines of the world, not to mention tasting them! But my first love is writing. It is something I have never tired of doing and that’s saying something because if I’ve learned anything about myself, it’s that I get bored very easily. It’s the reason I’ve engaged in so many different lines of work, from working in advertising, to radio sales, to professional acting to a whole string of other occupations that are so numerous I have forgotten some of them! But I have never tired of the written word. So now, not without some trepidation, I am planning to leave my consulting days behind and devote myself to putting my books, as well as my daughter’s books, on the front burner. It’s a big decision and one I don’t make lightly – I, like everyone else, have bills to pay! So by the end of April, at the latest, I will be saying adios to my wine job and diving head first into getting our books out into the public eye in a way I’ve never done before. It’s a little scary and a lot exciting and I hope you’ll stay with me along the way.