September 18, 2014
I feel comfortable posting this only because none of the ENALR crew lives close enough to come egg my house.
But think of this as a public service announcement – you now have time to prepare!
Another reason to hate me – I started my Christmas shopping last Saturday. One year, long ago, I tried to have my Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving, and it made the Holiday SO much less stressful that I’ve done it almost every year since. You long for the relaxed Holidays of your childhood? Want to hang with the fam, and not be stressed? Seriously, try this. The stores aren’t insane, neither is the traffic, and there are good selections for a change.
I know, you’re saying, “Yeah, but September? This chick needs meds.”
But I looked at the calendar. Between now and Christmas, I have:
- A trip to Dallas to see the kids for a week
- A deadline (of course)
- A local Writing Festival I’m speaking at, and I’m on a romance panel.
- Thanksgiving at my house for at least six (maybe more)
- A Christmas Eve party for 50 – at my house
- Readers ‘n rita’s event in Dallas
- All the kids’ families will be at my house for the Holiday – 11 people for 10 days.
Yeah, no pressure.
Also, every Christmas since I met Alpha Dog has been spent at my MIL’s house. That meant no Christmas decorations at my house. I haven’t done this for 28 years. And we have a new house. If you see a mushroom cloud in the west, it’s Alpha Dog, imploding when he sees the bills for decorations. The cost of a tree alone may cause nuclear meltdown.
But HE invited the 50 of his closest family members for Christmas Eve, and the youngest grandchild is FOUR! Santa is coming HERE! No tree? Unheard of.
I’m actually looking forward to all this, but it’s going to take heavy planning, reconnaissance, and the nest egg is going to take a serious hit.
Ho Ho Ho – I’m so screwed.
Laura Drake is a city girl who never grew out of her tomboy ways, or a serious cowboy crush. She writes both Women’s Fiction and Romance.
She sold her Sweet on a Cowboy series, romances set in the world of professional bull riding, to Grand Central. The Sweet Spot (May 2013), Nothing Sweeter (Jan 2014) and Sweet on You (August 2014). The Sweet Spot won the 2014 Romance Writers of America® RITA® award in the Best First Book category.
Her ‘biker-chick’ novel, Her Road Home, sold to Harlequin’s Superomance line (August, 2013) and has expanded to three more stories set in the same small town. The Reasons to Stay released August, 2014.
In 2014, Laura realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan and is currently working on her accent. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write full time. She’s a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.