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Jot that Down
It’s such a cliche, and yet it’s true. Where the heck has the year gone? It’s November already, when did that happen? I enjoy November. Usually there are a few surprise warm days, but probably some snow, too. Also, one of my favorite holidays lands in November: Thanksgiving!
I enjoy a big dinner as much as the next gal, but the real thing I love about Thanksgiving is that it’s a time we reflect on our abundance. It’s so easy for me to fall into the trap of looking around and seeing how many authors have more good reviews than I do, who has more “likes” on social media, who has better sales, etc. But when it comes down to it, I always find my way to the realization that I’m damn lucky to be doing what I love, I’m fortunate to have a readership who enjoys my work, and I’m thrilled to have made so many wonderful friends online.
My local book group has decided to keep gratitude journals. One suggestion was to list a certain number of things we’re grateful for every day, with the stipulation that there’s no repeating. So in the beginning, normal things would occur to you: feeling grateful for your family or your home or your nice warm bed. But as you “use up” the obvious gratitudes, you’re forced to stretch and realize how many other things you really would miss if they were to go away. Like air or gravity.
Since I’ve done that type of gratitude journal in the past, I opted to take another tack. I pick one thing I appreciate and write a page about why I appreciate it. (It’s a 5x8 notebook so it’s just a few paragraphs, not a major essay.) This way I can analyze the facets of how various parts of my life interconnect, and get really clear about what I value, and how fortunate I am to have so many good things. Ideally I’d write every day, but I’m finding it difficult to be consistent. One thought is that maybe I toss it on the bed when I think of it so that later on I’ll remember, “Oh yeah, I need to journal some appreciation today.”
If you’re looking for a new journal—for gratitudes or to-do lists or anything else—you can find some spiffy PsyCop journals in my new JCP Books Gift Shop at Cafe Press. They come with options for lined, unlined, or day-planner interiors. I’ve ordered one of each journal and I’m really impressed with the quality of the printing. And I used to do quality control at a silkscreen shop, so I’m picky!
And if, like me, you find the year is whizzing past too quickly to comprehend, you can pick up a gorgeous 2013 Channeling Morpheus calendar featuring all the second edition cover art to help you keep track of next year.
Cafe Press does ship internationally and the rates aren't too outrageous. Also, you can often find coupons by Googling, though their coupons change daily so it's best to search right before you plan to buy.
I appreciate my readership every single day, not just on Thanksgiving. Hugs to you all.
In the Dark
A New PsyCop Short
Halloween is fun...at least, it's supposed to be. Costumes, candy, trick-or-treat, even jaded Victor Bayne can get behind those sorts of antics. Too bad this year's Halloween is a grownup event. Not only must Vic don a suit and endure a disco-obsessed DJ, he has to mingle with friends of Jacob's he would much rather ignore.
Vic thinks he has the party's host all figured out--but as he so often realizes, once he looks beneath the surface, things are seldom what they seem.
(In the Dark is PsyCop 6.1 - it's a companion piece to Stroke of Midnight, the New Year's short. It contains series spoilers through GhosTV.)
Available now in PDF, Mobi and ePub at JCP Books.
At B&N for the Nook
At Amazon for the Kindle
The following readers won a JCP ebook of their choice just for opening their newsletters! YAY!
(I have contacted them directly and let them know.)
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