There’s always another project to keep a writer occupied. Here’s my latest Work In Progress.
How did it get to be mid-November already? Talking to my friends back in Maine, I’m reminded of November weather in New England: rain, clouds, wind, dropping temperatures one day and sunshine, blowing leaves, blue skies the next. Southern California’s relentless sun still fools my Maine-girl season meter. Any day at noon could be May or September or January…at least on my balcony. Roses still bloom in the park. The short, hard grass glows green. I have to remove my sweater in the heat.
Growing up, I was told Heaven is always perfect. Even back then, that thought chilled rather than enchanted me. How could any place that was exactly the same day after day after day be Paradise? Now I think of that idea of Heaven as a Groundhog Day on steroids. I mean, sure. It beats the alternative, i.e. never-ending torture in Hell, but still. After a while wouldn’t bliss become bland? Without sadness, can we ever appreciate feeling happy?
It is only in the early mornings or evenings that I know the year is moving on. I relish the chill in the air and wrap a blanket around my shoulders. Do I miss February snow and ice? Scraping frost from my car’s windshield? Bundling up in boots, hat, gloves, bulky jacket every time I leave the house and having to remove it all again when I come back inside? Not really. But I do miss the feeling of the seasons changing, that poignant melancholy of the year drawing to a close.
The thing is, you can’t have it all. You either endure the dark days or avoid them and sacrifice the beauty and experience of contrast. Which is preferable? I can’t say. For me, right now, it’s a toss-up.
As we head into the holiday season, I hope you are able to find moments of comfort, joy, and peace. This is the time of hibernation and reflection, of coziness and contemplation. I will find some videos of snow falling and close my window shades, a poor substitute for the real thing, I know, and work on my new knitting project.
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Meanwhile, I’m writing a new romance novel on Wattpad. I started it as a National Novel Writing Month project, and while I’m not going to get to that 50K mark by the end of November, I am continuing to work on it and hope to finish before Christmas. It’s a sweet, Hallmark-type novel about an actress who is always playing a bride but can’t seem to find Mr. Right in real life. It’s called ALWAYS THE BRIDE. To follow along as I write, go to Wattpad and add it to your reading list.
Write and tell me how you’re doing these days. I so enjoy getting comments from you.
Cheers, my lovelies!