Dipping My Toe in the Pool

Princess_Pancake_BeachI’ve been thinking about coming back to blogging on a regular basis.

My “few months” of hiatus turned into just over nine months of disappearance. Stepping away for a while was a good move for me, but I miss reading blogs and the friends I’ve made here.

I made two main goals for myself this year. One is to read every day, and one is to write every day.

I started my year of reading with Janet Evanovich’s book, Top Secret Twenty-One. I enjoyed the book, and I especially enjoyed seeing how many exclamation points she uses in her writing.

I’m currently reading two books – A Hardboiled Murder by Michelle Ann Hollstein and an autobiography, Dick Van Dyke. Both are good reads.

My writing goal is coming along just fine, and I think I’m in a groove now. My current work in progress is book number four in my Two Sisters and a Journalist series. I started it last week. Here’s the opening line: In exactly one minute, I was going to be a millionaire and quit my job as a private investigator.

I suppose Jo may be overly optimistic with that statement.

There isn’t much to tell about my hiatus, but here are a few highlights:

Our six-year-old granddaughter stayed with us again for six weeks over the summer. It was very fun … and very exhausting. That’s her in the beach picture above.

I managed to go nine months without a dryer. That’s right. My dryer laundryburned up last March, and I insisted I could hang laundry just fine. Rich bought a dryer last month. He finally had enough of jeans stiff enough to stand on their own and towels so rough, you could exfoliate your skin when you dried with them.

I power-watched all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls – late at night – under the covers – on my Kindle – twice. How did I not know about this show?

I changed my spot in the house for writing. After our granddaughter left, I claimed a nook in her room upstairs, so I could sit near a window and have a view of the center of town while I write. I’m surrounded by pink walls and pink Minnie Mouse curtains. It has been a productive move.

I cleaned up the mess I wrote for National Novel Writing Month in 2013 and wrangled it into a book – Murder Is Where the Heart Is.

I fulfilled the goal of having the two main characters in my two series meet. Buckeye Hunter is the seventh (and final) book in the Susan Hunter series. Murder Welcomes You to Buxley is the third book in the Two Sisters and a Journalist series.

All three books are currently in various stages of editing.

Three_BooksMost recently, I was getting out of our truck with my arms full of grocery bags, and I slipped on ice and fell. The only thing that broke was a box of tissues. I crushed it with my … er, never mind.

I hope to see you soon. I’m sure I’ll come and go, but I’m optimistic I can add blogging to my goals for the year.

What have I missed while I was gone? What’s new with you?

55 thoughts on “Dipping My Toe in the Pool

  1. I’m sitting here open-mouthed in shock at the amount of writing you’ve done. Wow. So many books! You’re on the fourth book in your second series already? That’s amazing and inspiring. As for not having a dryer for so long? Well, you’re a better woman than I am in that regard. I would’ve lasted about two days.

    • You have to remember, I’m home all day, and it’s quiet here. I have a lot of time to write. I should have accomplished more last year. I hope to do better this year and try some different things, too. As for the dryer … what was I thinking?! I thought I was doing great – until I had a new dryer and soft clothes again.

  2. Good to see you. I gladly continue my absence, with occasional comments and short fiction pieces.

    (Waiting now for a mystery from you in which the box of tissues is either the protagonist, or the hapless victim.)
    (Or the villain…)

    • Oooh, I just took a peek. Things have changed at your place. I’m looking forward to checking it out. I confess to reading many of your tweets while I was away – and smiling quite a bit.

      My mother is unhappy with me, because every time I find out something crazy she has done, I have the “Mama” in my books do it. If SHE had fallen on the box of tissues, I’d definitely put it in a mystery. 🙂

    • I missed seeing you out standing in your field.

      Buckeye Hunter – it’s in its final stages of being edited. Susan finally stays in Ohio for a book. I have my fingers crossed to have it published this month.

  3. So good to hear from you again!! I recently found Gilmore Girls, too, for my mindless unwind binge watching time :-). And Grey’s Anatomy …. Both perfect for when sorting through papers, organizing, files, etc. Look forward to seeing you here more often again!

    • Nice to see you, Kat! I had several weeks of terrible insomnia. Gilmore Girls was perfect for whiling away the wee small hours of the morning. I like Grey’s Anatomy, too. I’m looking forward to catching up with you!

  4. I kept checking my rss feeds for you, but no one home. I was beginning to think you had gone forever. WOW such a lot can be achieved minus blogging. Welcome back to the fold Maddie

  5. I’ve been on a break as well and it’s lovely to see you back, Maddie! My dryer also broke early last year and only last week hubby fixed it (he was also sick of stiff jeans!) lol. Welcome back 😀

  6. Welcome back! What kindred spirits we are. Gilmore Girls is my all-time favorite show. I watch it almost every day in reruns, :). I quit using my dryer a long time ago (except when it’s freezing cold like it has been lately). Our electric bill is almost nil.

    Hope you can keep up with the reading and writing. Such joys.

    • I’m so glad you like Gilmore Girls, too! I enjoyed everything about the show – the actors, the settings, and the storylines. It was a true guilty pleasure.

      We have a gas dryer and a gas furnace. Our gas bill has skyrocketed with the cold temperatures and the laundry, but I am enjoying soft clothes again. 🙂

  7. Welcome back, Ms Maddie! I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since you went on hiatus in the blogosphere!

    P.S. I’ve moved; you can fine me here.

    Cheers,
    Jae

  8. First off, thank you for following. I know you have limited time. I’m sitting here looking at 366 e-mails (blog posts) to read and I don’t have as much to do as you. I’m lucky to get a post out once a week or two. Life is about the flow and mine is upstream at the moment. Knowing how much you are working makes me even more delighted that you bothered to stop by. Thank you.

    Secondly, my son turned me on the the Gilmore Girls. We both loved them and their quirky ways.
    Next, I’m looking forward to reading more of your books. I enjoyed the first one and hopefully after this week,and once I catch up on some quilting that’s got a timeline, I’ll get back to reading. Don’t even have the energy for a paragraph right now. I don’t know how you get so much writing done. Maybe it’s the not moving 4 times in 4 years.

    • You are welcome for the follow. I’m hoping to repair my follow list.

      It’s been a busy week, and I’m catching up with blogging a bit today. I’m trying to get around as best I can, but I don’t want to get back into feeling guilty if I can’t visit all the blogs I follow every week.

      Gilmore Girls! I still can’t believe how much I enjoyed the series and am glad to hear you do/did, too. 🙂

      I can’t imagine moving four times in four years! Although, when I was younger, I think I moved every year for several years. My brothers had a fit when I continually chose the top floor of apartment buildings, and they were the ones moving my furniture. 🙂 It was an adventure then; it would be a trauma now.

  9. Hurrah! Hurrah, I say! And huzzuh, huzzuh!! Maddie is back, and all is right with ye olde blogosphere!!

    Wonderful to see you back in tentative action, and great to catch up on your news. Sounds like you’ve been busy, and very productive. Your new writing nook sounds cool. Having a view of the center of town conjures up a nice image. I read Dick Van Dyke’s memoir. Always been a big fan, enjoyed his back story and anecdotes.

    Hope you’re well, Maddie, and a belated Happy New Year to you!! : )

    • Hey! I was just over at your place. I found you as I was going through my “reader.” 🙂

      It’s nice to see you again, Mark. I hope your holidays were good, and a belated Happy New Year to you, too!

  10. Yay – you’re back! I missed you. I kept checking back but you were gone SOOOOO long. Of course, I’ve barely been on the blog for a while anyway as I try to reprioritise. And you have some new books for me to read! I’ll be off to grab them. Welcome back – now stick on the kettle, make me a cuppa, I’ve some reading to do!

    • Hi Piper!! Yes, I’m back – on a limited basis. I’ve been trying to spend a little time on Fridays and Saturdays in the blogging world. It usurped so much of my time before, so I’m only allowing myself a day or two a week now. I’ve missed you, and it’ll be fun to catch up with what’s going with you and your family.

      Yes, new books. Nothing like releasing a year’s worth of work on one day. 🙂

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