Sunday, August 16, 2009

Refreshed & Revvvvvvvvved!

That's "revved" with a "v". When I first wrote it, it looked like "rewed." Bill would have something to say about that one. LOL!

We actually returned from our too-short vacation up North last week. I'm just now getting around to blogging about it, and I only came out of the woodwork because I surfed onto my publisher's site for the 10,000th time and was pleasantly surprised to find my new cover!

But back to Jersey: Considering we got there on Friday night and headed back on Monday morning, we managed to squeeze in lots of fun & affection that weekend. We spent time with our eldest son, Joey, and his honey, Iris, including a day at the Jersey shore that also included my two best friends, Linda and Lisa, and Linda's daughter, Hailey. Sunday we had breakfast and caught up with my cousins Pep, Marlene & Viki, who's expecting a little girl very soon. After that, we headed off to spend some time in Greenwich Village, which I LOVE (see the Macdougal Street sign on this page!) and then it was back to Jersey for dinner at PF Chang's with our friends, Bill's uncle and aunt Tony & Doreen. You can SORTA see that one on here, too. My only regret was not seeing my other cousins, Soli, Mark & Ashley, and of course, the irrepressible Tia Soledad. Next visit!!!

I loved Cancun, but there's something about getting together with friends and family that you haven't seen in a while. The Internet is a great invention: Thanks to Facebook and Myspace and, of course, email, you can keep in touch with your loved ones. But there's something that can't be matched when you're sitting on a beach or around a table, passing around a dish of guava to spread on a cream cheesed bagel or being the loudest table at a Chinese restaurant because you're all laughing and chatting, that can't really be matched.

That visit also really energized me. I'm ready to get back to work. I've ditched projects over this year, not happy with the way they were coming out. As I get older, I get more finicky with my writing. I have a feeling I'll be moving in other directions, but that's what writing should be--growth. You should grow as a writer, even if that means moving in other areas. As a writer I've always welcomed the chance to be adventurous, even if it's scary at first.

And since I don't write as much as I did in my 30s--life just takes up more of your time, it seems, in your late 40s and 50s--I want to make sure I'm working on something that I & my readers will enjoy, with some touch of surprise as well!

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