Christmas Check up . . .

How is the holiday season going so far for you?

We’ve got quite a change for this year’s celebration. Good things and not so good. 2010 has proved to be a most eventful year.

The first few months of 2010 turned out to be very crazy. I got a new job after four months of unemployment, got a book contract, got an agent, and thenย lost a book contract because the publisher closed its doors.

**whew** Right?

Oh, it gets even more exciting . . . I found myself unemployed again here this past September, but then a couple months later, I landed the best job ever! Assistant to a bookstore manager.

What better job for a writer, right?

Right after starting that spectacular new job, we got some devastating news. . . my sweet mother-in-law, Lynn, got diagnosed with cancer. At first it looked pretty grim–but as testing went on, we’ve been told she may be a candidate for surgery after all.

So, if you pray, pray. . . she’s only 62 and I’m so not ready to lose the one who inspired my pen name.

Yep, she’s why I picked Lynn. . . but that’s a post for another day.

Christmas 2010, if everything goes right, will be hopping here. Everyone is converging here in the desert to escape the frigid midwest weather. But most of all, I’m just thankful we can all be together, especially with my mother-in-law’s health concern hovering over our heads.

Looking back over the year, it sure made me focus on the true meaning of Christmas. For me it’s Jesus’ birthday, and second to that, celebrating the love of family and friends. I’m so blessed!

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How are the holidays going for you? What are your plans?

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