December, the Slow Month
I remember when December used to be the "slow" month. I was practicing law, primarily litigation, and judges liked to take the holidays off, from Thanksgiving till the end of the year. We lawyers still manipulated a few annoying deadlines (my favorite were the two years in a row that I had major briefs in a pro bono case, due on the Friday after Thanksgiving), but for the most part, December was a time of parties and relaxation. Not so much, anymore.
On Friday night, I attended a book club meeting, where the members had read HOW NOT TO MAKE A WISH. Over yummy cupcakes, we talked about the book and publishing and romance and feminism – I had a *grand* time, and I hope the book group members did as well!
On Saturday, I went to the Kennedy Center, for the luncheon that kicks off the Kennedy Center awards ceremony. (My brother-in-law was the source for this hard-to-come-by ticket.) We were there primarily to see Bruuuuuce, and we were extraordinarily disappointed that he chose not to show up. (He *did* make it to the State Department for the formal dinner that night, but we weren’t in attendance.) At least the food was wonderful – especially the fried chicken entree and the cheesecake pop desserts. The decorating theme was rainbows (like the ribbons for the Honors awards), and all of the desserts were brightly colored – red ones on the red table, indigo ones on the indigo table, etc. We all had food-color stained lips by the end of the afternoon 🙂
On Sunday, we had neighbors over for a casual brunch. We’d been planning on doing this for *months*, so it was particularly satisfying to sit down for a few hours, tell stories, compare floor plans (all of our townhouses have the same basic design, but there are intriguing variations) and to eat far too much food.
Today, I met a friend for lunch, sharing pizza and catching up on our lives for the past way-too-many months.
And somewhere in there, I finished a complete revision to the upcoming vampire series, working out an entirely new plot for the first novel. My editor wrote back upon receipt that she loved it (and I could tell, as I wrote it, that I was hitting the target squarely – a great feeling!)
I also wrote another 10K words on Super Secret Project 2 at the request of [information redacted, to protect the innocent.] I am more excited about this project than ever, and I can’t wait to share it with you – hopefully very soon!
So. Maybe January will be the slow month?
Mindy, rolling up her sleeves to tackle a legal freelancing project by Wednesday, because there’s more socializing around the bend…