And what a year it has been!!! I can't say it's been a bad year. Actually, it's been one of the best years of my life. No one in my family as been really sick and no reported deaths (LOL). I not only got my first book contract... but then was offered some more contracts for upcoming books so WOW. I would like to thank so many people but this blog isn't that long. Mostly I'd like to thank my husband David for always being the wonderful man he is, Ellorascave for giving me a chance, my editors who took me on, my friend Valerie for catching what I miss, and all my old and new friends that I appreciate to the bottom of my heart. Of course my family... it goes without saying.
December is always hectic for me. 4 kids, need I say more??? LOL. I usually shop online all year long, by November I'm one of those people you love to hate because I can announce I'm done with my X-mas shopping but not so this year. Nope. I'm shopping now and facing Walmart, Toys R Us, Best Buy, Target, and Big Lots head on. I've done some shopping over the past few days and I've done pretty well. I really scored at Big Lots. I LOVE them. My goal is to be done by December 15th because that's when shopping in stores gets to be so frantic with way too many people crammed into stores. Hell hasn't frozen over yet so I'm still avoiding the malls. I say that every year since that one fated MALL year. I still have nightmares. I swore up and down NEVER to enter one again to shop there after Thanksgiving. I need a T-shirt saying "I survived the Mall". It was about 7 years ago, there were brawls and everything and my friend and I ended up against a wall praying we'd just make it out alive. LOL. We made a pact... Hell will freeze over first before we attempt this again... and it hasn't so we avoid the malls from Thanksgiving to January 5th just to be safe. LOL.
I have to clean up the house, put up the tree, decorate, and finish off my shopping... and then I can relax... and just write. I hope all of you have a painless, safe shopping experience and if you venture into malls... be safe, avoid 'instant sales' and if you see a bunch of people rushing to a store... run the other way!!! LOL.