This year I’ve been consumed by
- Politics—how does a country go from the grace and dignity of Obama to Trump?
- Capitol Crimes 2017 Anthology. Chairing an anthology of short stories for my local chapter of Sisters in Crime was time-consuming but rewarding, and I was thrilled to have my submission included
- House hunting—looking to downsize
- Family and friends—healthy and happy for the most part—a blessing
- Pets—both rescues, Sox is velvety, loves to play and taunt Shooz, our puppy. Now a year old, Shooz keeps me running, climbing under beds to retrieve toys, playing tug with her, throwing the ball, and so on. They bring me joy
- Blow Up on Murder—trying to make my latest Spirit Lake Mystery the best I can
My book is not quite complete. I’d hoped to have it published in 2016 but time has gotten away from me. My new projection is that January will be the magic month. Shooz continues to yank me nearly off my feet when we pass other dogs on our walks, so more training is needed. She’s still afraid of men in hats and I’m not sure how to deal with that. My concern over the political situation disturbs me hourly, and it’s harder than ever to watch the news. We haven’t found a house yet, but will keep looking. I’m grateful for family and friends who are nearby, yet always missing the ones far away.
And yet, if I know one thing about life, it’s that in order to thrive, we need to embrace the incompleteness because that’s where possibilities lie. Possibility sparks curiosity, curiosity engages imagination, imagination triggers action and action stirs up the magic.
Wishing you all a healthy, happy, prosperous and magical 2017.