Friday, December 28, 2007

Christmas Comes but Once a Year

Maven Jacqueline BarbourAnd aren't we all glad for that?

As much as I enjoy the holiday season, I'm always relieved when it's over. When all the gift-giving has ended, all my loved ones have gotten at least one thing they desperately wanted, and the hurry-scurry of feeding and entertaining house guests gives way to the normal routine of feeding and entertaining only the people who live here.

Well, let's face it--it's a relief to have the "big one" over with. New Year's hasn't been a major holiday for us in ages. When asked what I was doing when the clock struck midnight, my usual response for the last decade or so has been, "Looking at the inside of my eyelids." I don't expect this year to be much different.

But I am still looking forward to the menudo at my mother-in-law's house on New Year's Day. Aside from the fact that she's a fabulous cook, the best thing about it is that it's at her house. (Would it be childish of me to say "Neener-neener" at this point?)

YOUR TURN: Are you glad or sorry to see the holidays go? What's the best and worst thing about Christmas (or whatever "big" holiday you celebrate)? And what are you looking forward to in 2008? Inquiring minds want to know!

P.S. Just got my best Christmas present. Waiting for me in my inbox this morning was a contract offer from Cobblestone Press for the novella I wrote last month, The Gospel of Love: According to Luke. Yay!


Courtney Milan said...

Yay! Congratulations on the contract, Jacqueline! Sneaky of you to hide it away at the end of your post like that.

lacey kaye said...

Agree with CM! Congratulations!!! That was fast. You totally rocked it!

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Bill Clark said...

Oh, wow!! Talk about a super Christmas present!! Mega-congratulations!!

Isabel said...

HOORAY, Jacquie! Congratulations! :)

Carey Baldwin said...

Am totally looking forward to 2008. Its the year all of us who haven't done so already will sell our books!

Jackie Barbosa said...

Thanks to everyone for the congratulations! Although this sale was a lot less "exciting" than the first one, it feels like a form of vindication: I am not a one-hit wonder, lol!

Of course, since it will go out under the Jackie Barbosa moniker, I have some website changes ahead of me.

And CM, I didn't deliberately hide it at the end of my post. It's just that I'd written the whole thing the day before and the logical thing to do was to add that little bit of news at the end :).

Finally, India, I'm sure lots of great things are in store for all of us as writers in 2008.

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