By Helen Lacey
Well, if you’re reading this then maybe the world hasn’t ended! Downunder it is December 21st and in my neck of the woods we haven’t been rocked by quakes, engulfed by a tsunami or incinerated by solar flares. In fact, it’s a spectacularly beautiful day here in my little town which sits at the most southern point of the Great Barrier Reef.
And, it’s only days away from Christmas and there’s something quite magical about this time of year. The tree is up and looks beautiful with its shimmering lights and bright baubles. The weather is warm and balmy and the local summer fruits are plentiful. Call me crazy, but I just love the shopping experience as people count down to Christmas Eve. Years ago, when I worked in retail, I never really enjoyed the frenzied rush at the end to buy those last minute gifts, but now I see the fun in it. The gifts are wrapped and under the tree and I bought a carols compilation CD pack to play over the holidays. Even the dogs and cats have a little something to unwrap Christmas morning J .
So, since the predications of the end of the world haven’t come to fruition I thought is would be a good opportunity to reflect of the year 2012 and think about all the things I am grateful for.
On the career front - I had my first book release in January, so it was a wonderful way to start the year. Seeing the book in the stores was a treat, as was my first book signing. But I think my favorite thing was getting a reader letter from a lady in Canada who said she loved the book and I now had a reader for life. Going to the Romance Writers of Australia’s conference and catching up with friends was definitely on my list a good things. Being nominated for a Romantic Times Award with my second book, Marriage Under The Mistletoe, was also a highlight.
Personally – spending time with family and friends is always the most important thing. And my animals, of course. We lost one of our beloved dogs this year, which was devastating. But recently a new dog joined us and she has settled in marvellously. We also now share our life with two ragdoll cats – Oscar and Candy – and they are delightful.
Impending end of the world aside - 2012 was a great year and I’m excited to think about what more wonderful things are to come in 2013.
So, what was your highlight for this year? And what are you looking forward to in 2013? Since it’s Christmas and I love giving presents – I have a three book pack to give away to one commenter. Leave a comment and you will go into the draw.
Have a safe and wonderful Christmas!