I have turned my resolutions into goals, and most of my goals are the same each year. (Obviously, the idea of mastery is not a prerequisite for recording an aspiration!) One goal I list each year is to write more.
My creativity appears to peak in January, and invariably dwindles as the long days of summer approach. I start many projects in winter, and many of them have disappeared by early March. My main goal this year is to hold on to the creative spirit in every season. To write, to share, to be vulnerable. For vulnerability is a big part of writing. Baring ones soul to an indiscriminate public can be risky. What if my ideas are misunderstood? What if I sound eccentric and unbelievable? What if my words aren’t true? I suppose if writers stopped too long to analyze those abrasive questions, we wouldn’t put many of our thoughts on paper.
At any rate, Book #2 of the Custer’s Mill Mystery series is well underway, and we hope to publish in the spring and began to share them with the public by early summer. We’re excited to be immersed in the lives of the fine folks of Custer’s Mill once again. We found the library ladies still hard at work – not only on library business, but also in renovating the old Brubaker mansion. In her will, Miss Bertha left the house and grounds to her unconventional friends, and they are busy turning the old estate into a cozy tea room. Former detective, Jake Preston, is now Custer’s Mill police chief, and Emma, his unwieldy sidekick, is still conducting solo side investigations. But as art imitates life, all is not well in the little town. New residents bring new troubles, and soon, murder will strike again.
We hope you will enjoy this next visit to Custer’s Mill. In the meantime, I hope to hold on to my writing schedule and connect with you more often!