So much for November…

…not sure what happened to it, but it’s winding down at speed.

Oh well.

Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate. It’s a partly sunny day here in NE Illinois. Cool but not cold with dry ground and no snow in the forecast. I’ll take it.

Currently sitting in dining area—it adjoins the kitchen so it isn’t really separate—enjoying the view out of my new, weather-sealed, back door.  Yes, I’m having work done in my house at the start of a Midwest winter. Timing may not be my strong suit, but by the time it’s all over I will have the kitchen and bathroom I’ve wanted for ages and a floor that can stand up to salt, water, and muddy paws (my pup’s, not mine). I’m taking photos as things progress and may even post a few…except then I’ll leave folks wondering how I could’ve lived with the Before stae of things for so long. All I can say is that it’s amazing what you can get used to and even stop seeing after a while.

In closing, be on the lookout for actual writing news over the next few weeks. Yes, I have been writing, not quickly—I’m sure this is news 🙄—but writing. I wish I worked faster, but I’ve been doing this since the early 90s and I doubt I will ever change. I am grateful for you readers who have stuck with me through this dry spell. One thing I’ve learned is that I actually can write short stories, which is not something I thought I would ever say. I’m still a novelist at heart, but those quick watercolor works provide a nice break from pushing through the ceiling-spanning project that is a novel.

And with that, I bid you adieu until next time….