Just wanted some of you to remember what the sun looks like. Enjoy your Christmas Evening and know I am thinking of all of the readers, new readers, and followers of my blog. This has been something to remember with all the weather changes.  I hope Santa had a few change of clothing…like a raincoat, heavy jacket over his red suit, and even a pair of swim trunks.

We have had a Christmas Day almost free of rain. Dark clouds lingered for a while and the warm weather made me think of Spring.

Now, it is time to get your ideas ready for 2016, which is only a week away. I’d love to hear from you about your traditions on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. I have a friend, who always has sardines and Champagne at midnight with friends or by herself. I never make it to watch Times Square or the Peach Drop and every year it changes dates.images_015

Get your thoughts ready to hit the the writing world with a new vigor and ideas.








Yes, changes are headed our way. Feels like we are having summer in December. Makes me wonder if we’ll have winter in July?

I am late in getting this blog out to all of you. Time and doctor appointments are taking up a lot of my writing space. Yet, I made a date with myself to set the alarm early, the coffee pot the night before, and get my fingers on the keyboard. So far, this has worked for my novel writing, but my patriciachats blog slipped behind. Not any longer.

As writers, we need to prioritize our work and keep plugging away no matter what crops up. Now, I have a calendar on a cork board, above my desk, which I use to enter in what I worked on, what needs to get worked, and hope this will keep me on track.

I am writing a new romantic suspense, and since I know almost nothing about guns, decided to get this information first hand–a firing range. I’m checking out quite a few for the basics and looks like it will be a great way to do research. If a writer is not factual, even in fiction, the reader knows.

Yes, writing what you know is great, but think of all the ways you can enrich your story and your writing by pushing yourself into new avenues. Research is work, but also a new learning curve for a writer.

Our SilverSneakers® group had our annual holiday luncheon at Hudson Grille. They always welcome us with great service and fantastic food. Hopefully, I can attach some of the pics for you to check out. We might have silver hair, but what a jumpin’ group we have.

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Happy Holidays