Is this time of year as busy for you as it is for me? Combine work and family with the holidays and end of the year activities, and December always seems to be a pretty hectic time for me.
Here are SOME of the things on my to-do list this month:
1. Celebrate the release of my 50th book! YULETIDE PROTECTOR is not only the thrilling conclusion to my Precinct: Task Force miniseries, but it's my 50th book overall. I'm spending some time promoting and celebrating its release. And, I'm thrilled to share that the book is going to be reviewed in LIBRARY JOURNAL this month. So if you're a library supporter, please check it out. And if you'd like to read an excerpt from the book, go to http://www.juliemiller.org/contests_&_fun.htm
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2. Many people do crafts or train for triathlons or do other things for hobbies. One of my favorite hobbies is working in our local community theater. I've acted, directed, done makeup and costumes, worked on the backstage crew, played in the pit and more. This month, the Miller family is having a lot of fun with the play YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN. Hubby is directing, son is playing Linus, and I'm Frieda, with the naturally curly hair (hmm... wonder how I got that part ;) The play goes up next week, so we've been busy rehearsing. Great music, good friends, lots of fun.
3. Another thing hubby and I like to do is sing. Our local community choir, City Singers, is having two holiday concerts this upcoming weekend. Plus, we've shared the holiday spirit by caroling downtown after
4. Decorate the house. Hubby has got the outside done. I'm in charge inside, which means...
5. Clean the house. Especially since my mother is joining us from Missouri for Christmas. I don't know if my home will ever be perfectly spic 'n span, but I do like things neat and tidy before we add trees and ornaments and gifts.
6. Write. Yes. Amidst all this chaos, I'm still working. It's the writer's life. And I'm loving it. Currently, I'm working on a holiday story (it doesn't often happen that one gets to write a story during the season when it actually takes place, so it's easy to get into the snowy, cold mood of the story--although, I certainly don't have chase scenes and murdered cops and a kidnapping on my holiday to-do list!)
7. Plan my workshop for a conference where I'll be speaking in January. (Omaha, Nebraska--Jan. 10-12) Oddly enough, it's called "Writing Amidst the Chaos" Hmm...
8. I invite all my readers and friends to join me for a couple of Intrigue events this month. First, on Monday, Dec. 9, the Intrigue authors and I are holding an Intrigue event on our Facebook page. There'll be authors to chat with, prizes to win and more. You can find us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Harlequin-Intrigue
9. On Tuesday, Dec. 10, it's Intrigue Day at www.community.harlequin.com There'll be a dedicated Intrigue discussion with several authors coming and going throughout the day and evening, plus lots of prizes to give away (including a complete 6-book set of my Precinct: Task Force miniseries!). It's Open House week all week at Harlequin.com, featuring special events in all the lines. If you haven't checked out the Harlequin community yet, please do. It's easy and free to login and join, and you can mingle with authors, aspiring writers, publishing professionals and readers there.
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10. Wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Good Kwanzaa, pleasant December and a Happy New Year! And getting back to work on my to-do list...
So what's on your to-do list this time of year? Share what's keeping you busy and we can root each other on with good thoughts of energy, patience and super time-management skills. Tomorrow, I'll give away a
copy of YULETIDE PROTECTOR to one lucky poster.