Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve Thoughts

It has been a bit of a strange year for me, one with joys and sorrows both.

I published my first novel, She Dies at the End (November Snow Book 1).  I did everything myself, including the cover photography, the cover design, and the paperback conversion.  I don't really recommend that for everyone, but it seems to have turned out reasonably well in my case.  The experience was challenging, rewarding, and ever so much fun. 

My paranormal romp seems to have been reasonably well-received, though I will admit sales haven't been quite what one might hope.  Still, people seem to be enjoying it quite a bit, which is lovely.  

November Snow has brought me messages and help from friends I haven't seen in years.  My foray into indie authorship has also afforded me the opportunity to meet other self-published writers who provide moral support and who continue to teach me a great deal about writing, editing, and promotion.

Our continuing attempts to adopt another baby, on the other hand, haven't gone so well.  Two heartbreaks marred the year, with the most recent failed attempt happening over Thanksgiving.  We have been waiting three years, and we have had three expectant mothers choose us only to change their minds at the hospital and decide to parent.  We are trying to discern whether or not to continue our efforts.  Perhaps we are meant to remain a family of three.

As I look forward to 2016, I hope that my second novel will turn out as well as the first, and that my small but devoted circle of fans will be pleased.  I hope that whatever we decide about our adoption journey, that it will be the right decision and one we will be at peace with making and living out.  I hope that I will have the strength to continue pursuing my writing dream, and that the well of ideas won't run dry.  And I hope that happiness finds all of you who are kind enough to read my words.

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

She Dies at the End is available free on Kindle until December 26th!

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