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My daughter-in-law Preciosa sent me the cutest text yesterday, saying that my "fans"--as she called them--were missing me. She copied and pasted a text she'd gotten from one of her friends, and it said, "Mrs. Pearl hasn't updated her blog in a few days and I'm concerned. What am I supposed to read at work?" (I'm quite sure she meant on her break at work.)
Well, far be it from me to deny a hard-working gal a little workplace stress-reliever! So let me tell you what I've been up to, other than avoiding cracking open my laptop and getting any writing done.
The last time I blogged was on January 6, and in the combox of that post, I got such positive responses (thanks, guys!) to my question about whether or not I should try to write a sequel to Erin's Ring. So that's another one of my resolutions for 2016: to waste less time on mindless entertainments (HGTV "Fixer Upper" marathons are something I haven't been able to tear myself away from lately!) and more time on writing. I've dusted and organized my little writing desk, which sits in a corner of our master bedroom. A few years back, my husband's generous sisters convinced me to take this antique beauty from their childhood home when they were trying to weed through the excessive amount of furnishings and cut down on the clutter. It is just the sweetest place to work; who wouldn't be inspired to write at a desk like this one?
Speaking of college, that place where way back in the olden days, I spent four years of my youth: Erin's Ring made it into the "Book Notes" section (where alumni works are listed) of the Winter 2016 issue of Holy Cross Magazine.
While we were in FL, my sister-in-law arranged for me to speak about my books to two classes of junior high students at the triplets' Catholic elementary school on Friday morning. Afterward, we drove across town to the Catholic school where she teaches, and I spoke to a large group of 5th-8th graders, as well as my sister-in-law's 5th grade class.
After Tampa, it was back to Atlanta for a night, and then for me, HOME. Where after a green Christmas here in the Northeast, winter has finally hit--with a vengeance! (My husband will join me tonight, after he finishes up his training.)
Anyhoo, I'll write more about those speaking engagements later. I think this post has gone on long enough already.
But I'll be back. Soon. I promise. (Okay, now back to work!)