Hi, I’m Linda Lovely. I write a mix of romantic suspense/thrillers/mysteries. My four published novels (available Kindle, paperback and audiobook) are all set present day, but I’m very excited about my just-completed manuscript set in 1938. I’m also well into a new cozy mystery series—spiced with romance, naturally. To learn more about me and my books, please visit my website: www.lindalovely.com.
The week after Christmas our South Carolina home filled with family. A dozen of us to be exact, ranging in age from nine to seventy-three. Four of our guests traveled from Utah, two more made the trek from Iowa.
I’m sure they hoped for a warm, sunny holiday. During their stay, they got one prize day—warm enough for a boat ride and kayaking. The rest of the week was pretty dreary—fog, drizzle and/or chilly temperatures. Yet we didn’t let the weather put us in a funk. (Stay with me, this does relate to the New Year and writing.)
|Hearing the Waterfall...|
On yucky days we held a bowling tournament, hiked through the fog to “hear” a waterfall, bet virtual fortunes in spirited poker games—some with imaginative wild card combos, and showed off our general lack of artistic skill in a multi-generational game of Pictionary. I might add the seniors got drubbed, but the highlight was the nine-year-old’s excellent attempt to draw “booby trap.”
Unfortunately his stick figure’s “boobies” were mistaken for goiters.
We drank a little. Ate a lot. Sneezed some. And laughed. We enjoyed each moment and each other.
So how does this apply to the New Year and writing? I made only one New Year’s resolution—to try to enjoy the moment, the day, and find something to laugh about every day. What does that mean to a writer?
Here’s what I hope:
· I’ll say “no” to more activities that take me away from the activities and people I truly enjoy—especially writing and spending quality time with family, friends, fellow writers.
· I’ll try to write some every day. But if the sun’s shining for the first time in a week, I won’t become so obsessed that I don’t take a day off and bask in the sunbeams.
· I’ll remind myself that wrinkles and gray hair don’t mean my imagination can’t run as wild and free as a nine-year-old’s.
· I’ll try to use all my senses in my writing, having realized there’s something magical about hearing a waterfall you can’t see.
· I’ll read more books for pure enjoyment, and I won’t feel guilty if I stop reading a book I don’t like.
· I will not let negative thoughts about manuscript rejections or book sales suck the joy out of writing the next book.
|Seeing the waterfall with the help of digital magic...|
Happy New Year! I hope it will be a great one for all of us.