If we were having coffee, I’d invite you into my garden. You’d pause, considering the wisdom of my offer, but I’d assure you that even though it’s January, I’m still (sadly) snow-free. Towering evergreen trees surround us and scent the air. I cut some camellia buds to decorate the patio table. Being a good host, I offer you a platter of polvorones to dunk in your coffee.
It’s incredibly loud at my house. The kids shout as they fight Minecraft creepers, or squeal as they jump on the Christmas trampoline. You know, that 14 foot black behemoth just a few feet away from us. Don’t worry, you will get a turn. That is, if you’re willing to wait until the kids get tired of jumping.
When things quiet down a herd of deer come by. You’ll be scared. They do have some impressive antlers, but they just want to eat berries. They’ll move along once they notice us, or after my cats chase them off.
We’ll talk about everything, politics, movies and the books we can’t wait to read. At some point, our writing projects will come up. I’ll admit to having a long list of 2015 goals and I’ll show you where I wrote about them here. It’s only week three of the year and I’m still optimistic about achieving them, but reserved too. After all my list is things I want to do, not things I’ve done. I tell you that I’ve managed to leave comments for other blogger every day for the last two weeks. Since this was one of my 2015 goals I’m thrilled with myself. You shrug and give me a weak smile. My efforts to be more supportive of my blogging community seem painfully inadequate to someone as social and friendly as you are.
With a ton of happy dancing and smiles, I tell you that I’m now an official NetGalley Professional Reader. I show off the new blog badge. I got my first four ARCs this week. They gave me three young adult books and one middle grade. I’m so excited! It’s a bit like a second Christmas to a book geek like me. The middle grade book is by a popular author and isn’t going to be in the stores for months. The kids and I will be reading it before any of their friends get the chance. Talk about earning the cool mom points.
Since we’re already talking about my kids, I brag about my eldest helping me write our first Mother/Son book review this week. Our perspectives are so different. The experience led to some great conversations about books. Both my kids are still bringing me books they find that break the fourth wall. I’m happy to say I’m training a pair of sharp readers.
You ask about the heist book I’m writing. My plan was to start shopping it to agents this month, but a bout of winter illness put me behind schedule. I mention a few blog posts I’m working on. There is one on writer grants for next week, and another on nontraditional villains. There will be more posts on mystery, horror and thrillers this year. The ones I did on finding an Inner Poe were super fun to write. I’m thinking something along those lines, but for crime fiction.
The visit will be over too quickly. Unfortunately, I’ll be the one to cut things short. One of my boys will have a playdate scheduled, or a school assignment due on Monday that he hasn’t started on yet. I’ll bag you some goodies for the road and I’ll invite you to come back soon. Hopefully, if the deer, cats and kids didn’t freak you out, you’ll accept.
If We Were Having Coffee is a blog hop inspired and run by the lovely and talented Diana, over at Part Time Monster. Please drop by her place for coffee. You can also see what other bloggers are hosting a coffee party by checking out her hashtag: #WeekendCoffeeShare on Twitter.