Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy 2013!

This has been a very busy week. After wrapping up Christmas, relatives, and way too much food, I was excited for some relaxation time. My editor had other plans, which I'm happy to report included my first round of edits! Being a first time published author, I had no idea what to expect, and she did not disappoint. My editor is spectacular! 

Within the span of two days, I've learned all about Track Changes, (thank you You Tube), and I've learned that "towards" really should not be used. And "toward" should really be limited as well.  Surprisingly, I'm not as grammatically correct as I've always thought myself to be, but thankfully my talented editor is.

On top of all this excitement, I am excited to also report that the title of my book will officially be called Cycle 13: Hunted.  Overall, it's been a pretty good New Year's Eve. If this is any sign of what 2013 is going to be like then I say, "Bring it on!"

Happy New Year everyone!  As we head toward 2013 and you're making a resolution, consider this one: Read more in the year 2013.  I can suggest some excellent titles by my friends at Inkspell Publishing! 

(See what I did there?)  LOL  Have fun!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

My Christmas Wish List

Being a teacher, it seems selfish to think of the holidays in a happy way in light of what happened in Connecticut this past week. My heart goes out to the families of those who will not be celebrating this year. Instead of buying presents, these families will be burying loved ones that were taken from them much too soon. My heart breaks for them. 

This year, I wish that the world would open their hearts to love and friendship. Just today, I was in a store shopping and a woman nearly ran me over with her cart. I apologized for being in her way, even though technically I wasn't. Instead of a smile or a nod, she gave me a dirty look. Tis not the season to be jolly?

I get that we have list upon list of things to do this time of year, but is it too much to ask to spread a little kindness? Patience, tolerance, and a friendly smile go a long way and you never know whose day you might brighten. So this Christmas, smile at a stranger and make eye contact. Yield the right of way to the next person. Thank the cashier and wish them a Merry Christmas. Be kind. Be thoughtful. And most of all, think of others.

Happy Holidays!