Monday, January 7, 2013

It's a New Year

Happy New Year!

Sorry to have been missing for the last couple of months.  2012 was a very busy year for me, especially from September until the end of the year.

I retired from my day job at the end of April figuring I'd have plenty of time to write and keep up with everything.  Not the case.  Six weeks after I retired, I closed on a new home in Washington State.  That was a good thing, right?

Well, it was, but then my entire schedule was totally thrown off, now I had to pack up and clean the existing house, which since it belonged to my mother and she lived in it for almost 60 years, took up most of my days.  After almost 4 months, the house was packed, cleaned and on the market.  This also included another trip up to Washington.

At the end of July, I attended the Romance Writers of American National Conference in Anaheim, it was fun to catch up with friends, but I lost an entire week of packing.  Then two weeks after I finished the move to Washington, I left for Texas for my publishers, The Wild Rose Press, retreat.

Because I'm not a good flyer, I decided to drive.  My sister went with me, so we made a nice trip out of it.  Stopping to see historical sites and enjoying ourselves. We had a blast at the Silver Spur Ranch.  After the retreat, I came back home to leave a week later to go to the Emerald City Writers Conference.

That was a lot of fun, I was able to meet many of the friends from the area I'd met on Facebook, and make some great connections.

Then came the holiday's.  It's been over 20 years since I was really close to family for the holiday, so this year I was caught up in all the family stuff.  Not that it was a bad thing, just a time suck.

Plus I had 3 books released last year.  His For The Weekend from The Wild Rose Press.  Hooked Up at The Wedding from Sybarite Seductions and Hooked Up The Game Plan from Sybarite Seductions.

So 2012 was a very, very busy year for me.  But I'm back to blogging on Monday's now, either I will blog or I'll have a guest blot.  And 2013 is starting off with it's own bang, I have two contracts already in place, one book for The Wild Rose Press and another book for Sybarite Seductions.  So it's back on the writing wagon for me.

Hope everyone has a great start to the New Year.


1 comment:

Isabel said...

Happy New Year, Marie! I know you'll accomplish all you've set out to do in 2013.

That was a busy year, you were not kidding! Congrats on the many good things that happened in your life, your move to a new house - close to family,your new releases, and your visits to conferences you wanted to attend.

Can't wait to read what you have in store for us your readers and fans.