Thursday, December 1, 2011
Guest Blogger - Alice Duncan
Merciful heavens, another year shot to heck! Where does the time go? The worst part is that the older I get, the faster time flies. Doesn’t seem fair somehow.
But that’s neither here nor there. For some mayhemly reason, I never did see my November blog get posted, so I’ll recap it here.
I spent two weeks in California! Yay! Got to see my younger daughter, my younger grandson, and a whole bunch of friends I left behind when I moved to the wilds of Roswell, New Mexico. What’s more, I got to eat a whole bunch of good ethnic food that Roswellians don’t get to eat unless they…well, go to California, I guess. East Indian. Middle Eastern. Japanese. Yum. I guess all that chow will have to hold me until the next time I get to California. That was definitely a magical trip.
During November another magical thing happened. My little novel, PECOS VALLEY REVIVAL, became a finalist in the historical novel category of the New Mexico Book of the Year awards. Mind you, I didn’t even know there was such a thing until Mike Orenduff, who won the award in the mystery category last year, entered my book. His book, THE POT THIEF WHO STUDIED EINSTEIN, finaled in the mystery category. Neither Mike nor I won, but a book I edited did! What’s more, it’s a really good book, called THE FAERIE HILLS, by Susan McDuffie, and I suggest you all go out and read it!
As for mayhem, I actually wasn’t bothered by much mayhem during October and November. The worst thing that happened to me was that my elderly wiener dog, Skipper, crossed the Rainbow Bridge. It was his time, and he was kind enough to pass over at home sometime between Sunday night and Monday morning, so I didn’t have to make the painful decision to have him put to sleep, which I’d known I’d have to do on Monday. So thanks, Skipper.
I’m not suffering from a paucity of dogs, however. The traumatized duo I’ve been fostering, Bella and Bam-Bam, have become permanent residents of the Duncan herd. Sigh. Sometimes I don’t think I’ll ever win this doggie game. But at least Bella and Bam-Bam are happy.
If you have time, please stop by my web site, which is all decorated for Christmas. There you can see the book I’ll be giving away in December, GENTEEL SPIRITS. You can also read excerpts from the rest of my zillion and three books there. The URL is www.aliceduncan.net. And thank you!
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