Saturday, January 02, 2010

Happy New Year!

There are grandchildren everywhere.

I consider this a good sign for the coming year. I tripped over three bodies in the middle of the living room this morning while trying to get to the kitchen in the dark (hey, it was 4:45!) to make tea before we took daughter and granddaughter to the airport. And there were grandsons scattered all over. They looked like a pile of puppies.

Why -- when there are perfectly good beds upstairs, not to mention two perfectly good air mattresses in the dining room -- they all prefer to sleep on the rug or on the sofa or wherever they drop, is beyond me. Actually I think they must sleepwalk.

But I'm glad they are here -- even if they did create an obstacle course in the dark of earliest morning.

We have been to the airport now -- and returned home -- and the daughter and granddaughter are now in Chicago, where they practically arrived before we got home. (The puppies are still in the living room on the sofa, having moved from the floor).

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Now I'm gearing up for the new year.

I expect George and Sophy to resurface sometime in the next week or two, doubtless requiring revisions of some sort. I hope they are not extensive, but mostly I hope whatever the ed suggests makes it a better book. Usually her revision ideas help. My editor has a good eye -- and a good sense of story.

In the meantime, I'm getting ideas for a new book, which is nice.

I rather like having had a couple of weeks to just be a real person without a book in my life. It was a nice change. I was actually surprised when the ideas began bubbling up for a new story. Not a lot there yet, but it is coming. I hope I get enough to discuss with my editor by the time I've got George back and gone again.

This year is my 25th anniversary of publication. Starstruck, which was my second book, but my first to see the light of day as a published novel, came out in February 1985.

So to celebrate the event, I'm going to begin giving away a book a day starting February 1st. Some of them will be my books. Some will be other peoples' that I've enjoyed. It seems like a good way to celebrate a career in romance fiction -- giving away copies of good books.

Stay tuned and I'll be posting more about the Great Book Give-Away soon. Also Liz Fielding and Kate Walker and I will, I believe, be running our annual Here Come the Grooms! contest before long. I might have to find a copy of Starstruck as a prize in that contest as Joe, the hero, was my first groom. I wonder if there is still a copy back in darkest reaches of my attic.

Will have to go check. If I don't reappear, send search parties.


Speaking of which, The Prof has gone out to look for the daughter's cell phone where they went hiking and climbing yesterday and the cell phone disappeared. It's about 10 below zero this morning, so if he doesn't get back in an hour or two, I'm sending out search parties for him.

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12 Comments:

Blogger Caroline Storer said...

Happy New Year and a happy 25th Anniversary! Take care. Caroline x

02 January, 2010  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Thanks, Caroline. Happy new year to you, too! How's the weather in Wales. COLD here!!

02 January, 2010  
Blogger Judy Jarvie said...

Happy 25th Anniversary, Anne. What a phenomenal achievement.
My favourite hero is still Lachlan McGillivray (my fave alltime MnB hero!) You created the alltime epitome there! I regularly dig him out for a re-read. Hugs and thanks for all the reading, Judy x

02 January, 2010  
Blogger Caroline Storer said...

Hi Anne - Like you it's cold here in Wales. The Snowdonia mountain range are covered in snow. Looks lovely - but treacherous. Take care. Caroline x

02 January, 2010  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Hi Judy,
Lachlan thanks you. Is it because of the Very Scottish Name do you think? I'm very glad you liked him and I'm sure he gloats over being re-read (probably lets Hugh and Molly know how much more you like him than them! He might be a hero, but he's still a brother!) Thanks!

Caroline, Glad it's beautiful. It is here, too, though we don't have mountains locally to loom and look gorgeous. Our bluffs and hills can be pretty treacherous, though. I wish it would warm up about 20 degrees though -- this below zero stuff gets old.

02 January, 2010  
Blogger Kathy said...

Happy New Year!!! Stop by and share your new year resolutions!!

Kathy :)

02 January, 2010  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Happy new year to you, Kathy. I think my only resolution this year is not to make any, just to do what I know I should do anyway!

02 January, 2010  
Blogger Liz Fielding said...

Congratulations on your 25th anniversary, Anne. And I do like you thought about doing what you know you should. Writing it down sometimes helps for those of us less strong minded!

Happy New Year!

03 January, 2010  
Blogger Kate Hardy said...

Happy new year, Anne - and happy 25th!

(Loved the puppy pics. I want one...)

03 January, 2010  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Thank you, Liz. I'm not sure how strong-minded I am, but I have been known to lose the papers I write things down on. So it's better for me to internalize the idea. Wish me luck!

Kate, thank you for the good wishes. Hardly seems possible that it's been 25 years. Time flies. Yes, the puppies are lovely, especially asleep! So are the grandsons! (Though they're quite nice awake, too!)

03 January, 2010  
Blogger Dina said...

Happy New Year & a happy 25th Anniversary too. Cute puppies there.

03 January, 2010  
Blogger Anne McAllister said...

Thanks, Dina. And I went back and corrected my spelling of the word, too! Proofreading -- always a good thing!

03 January, 2010  

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