Here in Kentucky, we’re really starting to feel the change of the season. Fall goes by so quickly and then suddenly snow starts hitting regions closer and closer to you, until finally something like this happens:
“He shut the living room light and crossed the room and wiped the frost from a window and peeked out. Darkness so thick he couldn’t see the ground. Snow fell in heavy curtains and it whisked and spun and danced and away it flitted formless into the void. If eyes are out there in the windswept dark they see now a dull maroon square quivering in the air like a harvest moon and in that square a shadow small and black and entire. The shadow begins at once to swell and dissolve of its form as its referent moves on. Finally the light snuffs out of the darkness and there is nothing.” — A Circle in the Woods
The weather has me thinking a lot about A Circle in the Woods because this time last year I was racing to finish the book in time to submit it to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest.
A lot of people on Facebook are posting daily status updates to note the things for which they are thankful and earn their slice of turkey come Thanksgiving. I don’t read most of them, nor do I participate, but with so many cool things going on in my life, I suppose it’s proper to give my own shout out to the cosmos for aligning the world so perfectly these past few months.
Last year, I had no writing career whatsoever. My life has changed dramatically. I can feel myself getting closer and closer to being a full-time writer, and I have many people to thank for that, from the folks at Ereader News Today to my author cohorts like J. Eric Laing, from bestselling author Colleen Hoover to author/blogger Jeff Bennington. All my friends and family who put up with my constant book talk. The good people at Authonomy. Matt and Justin. Lots of people have helped me get to this point as a writer.
I’ve decided to do a Christmas Giveaway, which will include books, prints, and, if we get things aligned in time, some other cool stuff we’re cooking up. If you’d like to be entered to win, all you have to do is comment here and say so. You’ll also want to subscribe to the blog so you’ll be notified when I post the winners.
In the meantime, I’ll be mixing eggnog and Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum, with a little cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkled on top.
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