“‘Happy Christmas to all…and to all a good night!'”

On this Christmas Eve, 2012, I think back over the year and what an exciting and busy time it has beenheartbeats was released by Musa Publishing in e-book in April, and freefall in June.  What a crazy time of learning about promotion and blogging and how to keep writing while also doing the promotion and spending time with family and friends.  It has been a while since I posted on this blog (okay, three months :-)), but I have been very busy.  We had a new baby born into the family in October, little Elyse Ann–naturally, she is  adorable ( I’m her Grandma, but she really is very cute!); a family Orlando vacation in November  complete with visits to Disney World and Sea World; and somehow, I managed to sit myself down in the chair and finish writing ICEblue.  Whew!IMG_4282

And that is what is so difficult about writing. I truly enjoy thinking up the stories and getting to know my characters, but family time is so precious that it is sometimes hard to force myself to sit my butt in the chair and get the work done when I could be spending time with my loved ones. However, it is often said that if you want something done, ask a busy person.  I get it.  I can’t believe how much I have accomplished.  Having to get a lot of things done in a short amount of time is the key.  If  you have a finite time to accomplish a multitude of things,  you don’t have the luxury of sitting around and procrastinating.

So, the writing of  ICEblue is complete.   I finally made it to page 402 (double-spaced manuscript) and “The End.”  I admit, there were times with this book that I wasn’t sure I would get there.  There were a lot of starts and stops, but that’s another story in itself.  The sense of accomplishment when I actually finished the book was amazing.  I am halfway through the clean up am on-goal to get it to the editor by the beginning of 2013 for its March release. Yes!

Now, however, it is Christmas Eve–time to spend with the family.  With the tragedies this country has endured over the last couple of months, we all realize, more than ever,  just how precious time with our family is.

So,  on this Christmas Eve, from my family to yours, I am wishing you all some quality family time.  Hold your loved ones close–if not in person, than at least in your hearts, AND

May you have a Very Merry Christmas and the Best of New Years!

Susan Rae

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