Friday, December 02, 2011

A Good Kind of Busy - And Some Good News!

On Being Busy

My deepest apologies if I haven't been by your blog lately. I have said that a lot in the past few months, haven't I! But I am sorry. I tend to get caught up in the whirlwind of life a lot more these days and unfortunately, the blog is the thing that gets neglected.

I don't know if that will get any better in the coming month. I've got a house to decorate, cookies to bake, presents to wrap, and a cat to keep out of my Christmas tree. But I know we're all busy during December, so I can't really use that excuse. The excuse I will use, though, is my plethora of writing activities.

My freelance keeps me really hopping, so much so that I haven't had a chance to start on my next novel. This simply will not do, however, as being a novelist is my number one writing priority. So I've cut back a bit on the freelance and have finished doing all my research, plotting, and characterization for my novel. I am so excited by this next story and my characters...this anticipation is one of the best parts of writing!

The Good News

I am also thrilled to announce that I will have an article published in the magazine, America in WWII in their April edition, which should hit shelves sometime in February. This article is about the delightful Mary Lou! I am quite excited by this all, but I am even more excited to share Mary Lou's story. She is such an inspiration. I have kept in touch with her ever since the interview and am proud to call her a friend. And because I love this picture so much, I'm going to share it with you. This is Mary Lou when she lived in Washington D.C.

When she showed me this picture, I said, "You were gorgeous!" And she still is - inside and out!


  1. Congratulations!!! That is so exciting! You're going to remind us again when its out :)

    And I'm with you there on the busy December. Got to cram it in somehow though :)

  2. Congratulations, that's brilliant news!

  3. Congratulations, Melissa! Be sure to let us know when it's published. Beautiful photo, too.

    Thanks for the link to the WWII magazine. What a rich resource.

    Have a nice weekend.


  4. I hear you on the life-is-hectic bit. But for you, it's hectic in a great way! Congrats on the article, and on clearing the decks to make room for the new novel.

  5. Melissa-I can't wait for the April edition to come out. And then I will start bragging about my friend, the author...


  6. Congrats on the upcoming pub! I love that picture - I LOVE old pictures. Remember delighting to have access to lots of "new" old family photos from the inlaws when I married my husband. Love your Christmas background, too.

  7. Did you read the WWII article that appeared in the Nov Guideposts magazine. It was interesting. Probably can find it online at Let us know where to find the mag article in April.

  8. That's great news Melissa - well done!

  9. That's awesome news! Congratulations. And love the Christmas look for the blog - very festive!


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