|Joy to you and yours!|
That was then, this is now:
I have revisions due in less than 2 weeks, on a book (Navy Justice) I think has the potential to be my best Superromance yet, but um, potential is something that needs to be polished and coaxed out of the mess of words I gave my editor last month. There are two Christmas decorations in place so far: a lighted sign on my kitchen counter that spells "JOY" and the new Christmas tree that came yesterday (and I put up in 15 minutes, thanks to the new 'click and snap' construction). Decorating the tree isn't a priority at the moment. No cookies made, no dough in the freezer. Not yet. I don't need the cookies around, not until Christmas. And no more baking dozens of several different types of cookie--I asked my family to pick one or two that are their favorites. We can get to them when my college kids come home from university, closer to Christmas.
I am making sure that I exercise at least 5-6 times per week if not each day, for an hour. And I'm getting to a yoga class twice a week. Healthy food is in the house. For the beloved part of any writer's day, the coffee/tea/snack break, this is especially important. I don't need junk food to stress out my body during what can become a very stressful time of year. I'll need breaks from the writing, of course, and I will use those times to decorate bit at a time. I found it's much more fun and pleasurable this way--and it helps keep me sane!
I wish all of you a wonderfully joyous and loving holiday season. If you celebrate Christmas, please accept my wishes for your Merriest Christmas yet.
As my gift to you I'll pick one person who leave a comment to send a copy of either Navy Christmas or Coming Home for Christmas, along with an ornament/bookmark. Check back to see if you've won!