“Best of” lists

Hey all -
I missed posting earlier this week, so to all of you who celebrate, Merry Christmas! I am finally home, and there is a lighted tree and my village is up, and that’s about it. It’s been a long month.

One thing I did manage to do while on the road was to post my Best Books of 2013 list. These lists seem to come out earlier each year, which is kind of silly, I think. I’m sorry, but I actually am still reading all through December! So I used to post my lists quite late. But found that enthusiasm for them waned after the holiday, and they can serve as a bit of a shopping list for those interested. So this year I vowed to post it earlier.Stackedbooks

It is, I think, a great list. It is posted in my Minneapolis Books Examiner column, and as such, it is necessarily Minnesota-centric. I tried to include only those books that had Minnesota connections. But that meant I had to excise several great titles. Still, it’s so full of wonderful things.

And I’m pleased as punch to be included this year in the online list compendium to top all compendiums, put together by Largehearted Boy. You can find me under Minnesota Nice (as the Examiner interface really does make it hard to figure out what the column is called).

Please check out this list of wonderful Minnesota Nice titles, and peruse the other great links that Largehearted Boy has pulled together for your reading pleasure.

And now, I must get back to reading because only a marathon is going to enable me to meet my GoodReads Challenge for this year. sigh.

Does life ever get in your way?

Oh my. Now I have been experiencing some of the problems that so many writers wrestle with. My last post, which was supposed to be public, somehow got marked private. So see Thankfulness. In it, I am expressing thankfulness for good health, among other things. Well, the very night I wrote that, I ended up in the hospital. Isn’t that just the way it goes?

So yes, life happens. And things get in the way of your writing, and of your best intentions to promote your writing. I have talked to countless writers about this. The only thing you can do – the ONLY thing – is to get right back up on the horse and carry on. Don’t worry about what you should have done while you weren’t doing it. Just pick up where you can and move forward. The catch-up thing is a myth. The best way to catch up is to just start where you are.

If you will forgive me my series of terrible awful horrible no-good occurrences, I will do my best to continue onward with this and to help you with robust content, industry insider tips and helpful discussion.

While I know that many are busy this time of year, I urge you to check back often to see what new items have been added. I’ll be adding items to gear up for launch, and you, as an early reader, will get in free. Unfortunately, I can’t do much more than blog posts until next week. (Believe it or not, I’m in the middle of packing up my in-laws family home of 38 years, on top of everything else.) But then I’m out of the gate and running for the roses!

Join me!