Saturday, December 17, 2011

Taking Stock

First things first: my youngest son's latest surgery was incredibly successful. It went so much better this time, and his recovery was immensely easier. He's a tough little two-year-old. Hopefully we'll find out in January if it worked completely this time. My little stormtrooper has been through a lot.

While writing my latest WIP, set in Antarctica mind you, I just noticed how strong an aroma our Christmas tree is still emitting. We've had it for a little over two weeks now, and it is still going strong. Don't get me wrong, I love the smell, but usually it has either gone or weakened to the point of becoming unnoticeable. I think this is a good omen for the coming year, what with all the bad juju in 2011. We've always gotten real trees (I can't say live because technically they're severed and dead plants which can absorb water) and we'll continue to, even if I have to volunteer my boys into putting if up for me when I'm too old.

My prediction for 2012: everything will be jolly good with nothing going wrong. If only it were that simple. Seriously though, I can only look up and pray for better fortunes. It does not do to dwell in gloom, despite the mounting adversity. Wait, that sounds like a general synopsis for many books. Well, I guess if the shoe fits...

I'll be praying for every one of you as well!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Another Nearly Gone

I don't know about the rest of you, but this year streaked by for me. It's been a fairly productive year mired with many speed bump, but I've spent a lot of time on my two bigger WIPs as well as some much shorter ideas. While I'm still working toward completion on my projects, I've noticed the satisfaction of accomplishing much more in writing than I did in the many years leading to now. And yes, the full measure of satisfaction will be met when I'm published, but it's kind of like growing: once you're matured to a certain point in life you realize the knowledge and enlightenment you've earned. But the fundamental fact remains that none of us is truly done growing. What I'm trying to say is that in an infinite universe there are an infinite amount of lessons to be learned. I've learned some more, for my part. How about the rest of you?