Sunday, December 27, 2009

My Novel: Murder in a Teacup. A Winner.

I ended 2009 on a great note. My novel, Murder in a Teapot, placed second in the California Writers Club Jack London Contest for a first novel. I even received a cash prize. Wow! For the first time I earned money in my new profession. My goal is to publish something in 2010.

Send good thoughts.

Friday, December 4, 2009

How to Handle the Holidays

The holiday season can be somewhat overwhelming. There are so many events and parties, not to mention preparing huge dinners, baking cookies, shopping, wrapping presents—how to handle the holidays?
First, I begin preparing early, slowly and gradually. I call it my "nibble at the mountain method."
Second, I ask for help from relatives and friends.
Third, and perhaps most important, when I feel overwhelmed, I force myself to think only as far ahead as the next day or even the next hour.
Do you have strategies for minimizing holiday stress? Share them.