Good morning, and welcome to the first official day of winter. And here we thought we were already in it, right? Wrong. The good news is that this is the shortest day of the year, which means from here on out, we’re heading back towards summer. Kind of, anyway.

In other good news, I have confirmed the pub date for my new book, and it’s actually MUCH earlier than I’d originally thought: April 6th. Yikes! Yes, this is good news, I’m excited for the book to be out there in the world after working on it so hard, for so long, and all that, but at the same time April isn’t THAT far off, really, is it? I always get so nervous before a book comes out, and there’s a big difference, mentally, between “early May” (which I’ve been saying for months now) and “April 6th.” Gulp.

The truth is, there always comes a point when you just have to let go. You’ve written the book, edited it like crazy, checked and rechecked for errors (and still missed something, no doubt), basically lived and breathed the story and characters for, oh, fourteen months or so. And you’ll be back doing it again, although in a different way, once it’s released and there’s a book tour and interviews and all that. So the very best thing you (i.e. I) can do now, for this period in between, is just try to think about something else for a little while. Like the holidays, and how grateful you are for your friends and family, and how January and February are so cold and grey and therefore the perfect time to maybe, just maybe, start working on something else. We shall see.

Meanwhile, with Christmas fast approaching, I’m going to take a few days off from updating so it feels like a real holiday. I am also going to try to take time off from other things, like obsessing about my book, feeling guilty for zooming through my Gilmore Girls DVD instead of slowly watching one episode per night, to make them last, and eating dessert anytime of the day, including for breakfast. When you’re self-employed, as I am now, it’s either very easy or very hard to take time off, because no one’s telling you to do it, or not. I tend to err on the latter side, and not really give myself a true vacation. Not this year. As of today, I’m off until the New Year. Bring on the sweets and the DVDs. I’m ready.

I’ll be back in 2006. Until then, I wish all of you the very best of holidays, that you be safe and warm and happy with the people you love and care about. In the end, that’s the best gift of all, right?

Right.

Happy Holidays!Happy Holidays!

Have a great day everyone!