I've been unusually calm this year about walking away from the blog during the holidays. Mind you, I have no problem making down time and family a priority; it's just that I usually do it while twitching sporadically over what I'm leaving behind. As though it won't be waiting for me when I return.
Not this year. I wrote last week's Friday Fricassee and danced off to make merry. And it's been wonderful. I'm in a deliciously slow-paced season of my writing life, too--waiting for Dear Agent to read what is hopefully a final revision, and developing a new story from the ground up (YA SF -- bliss!).
So here I sit, in the midst of after-Christmas lull, thankful but slightly deer-eyed as I look ahead to next month. And I should probably let you know what's on the horizon, so here it is:
1. I'm running another CRITIQUE PARTNER DATING SERVICE! Last July, there were some matches-from-heaven, and I'm hopeful for more of the same. Keep your eyes peeled for entry information after the New Year!
2. Submissions for our first Secret Agent contest of the year will be on the 14th. Guidelines will post on the 7th. Because of the Baker's Dozen hullabaloo, we haven't had a Secret Agent contest since October! So I think this will be especially fun.
3. Miss Snark's First Victim is TURNING 5 THIS SPRING! There will be celebrations. If you have any spiffy ideas, share them below. (Seriously! It's no small thing for a blog to turn 5. I'm happy about this!)
That's all for now. We'll jump in full-blast next week! Thanks for making this such a wonderful community to return to. You've no idea how much it means to me!