Tuesday, January 5, 2010

January Hibernation by Marta Perry

It's the first week in January, can you believe it? Christmas is just a memory by now for most of us. For me, it passed in a blur of presents and grandkids, church services and cooking. Mostly cooking, it seems in retrospect. Every year I plan to take the easy way to all those holiday meals, and every year I do too much. At one point, when the house was at its fullest, I had gone upstairs for something. On my way back down I heard my four-year-old granddaughter, who had apparently been looking for me, announce in tones of complete astonishment, "Grammy's NOT in the kitchen!" Okay, I'll try again next year!

Much as I love the holidays, I find I'm loving the turn into the quietest part of the year, at least for me. My husband and I are comfortably settled into our second home on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. It's small and easy to maintain, so there are few chores staring me in the face. I can settle down in my writing loft, open my work in progress, and immerse myself in writing. Like a bear, curling up in his cave, I'm ready for winter.

What does January mean to you? The kids headed back to school? Snow and boots and shovels? Time to think and read? I hope some of the latter! If you're here, it must be because you love books, so won't you turn to some of the great Love Inspired books listed on the blog this month? We've all been working hard to bring you stories we hope will become favorites, and we hope you'll let us know what you think of our books.

So get the kids to bed, settle down in your favorite chair with a mug of hot tea or cocoa, and open up a Love Inspired novel. We promise you won't be disappointed.

Marta Perry


Cheryl Wyatt said...

Yay on your writing time, Marta! We love your books so that's good news for us too.


Ramona Richards said...

Ah, Marta, our times are exactly reversed. January to me is a time of astonishing activity following a very quiet and solemn month. Amazing the different paths God leads each of us along.

Can't wait to hear what your writing time produces. Your books are awesome.

Marta Perry said...

Thanks so much, Cheryl and Ramona. And I should be wary of talking about my hibernation time, because that's usually when life decides to present you with a surprise!


Winter Peck said...

My kids do go back to school, but for the past 3 years this is the time of the year when things get real busy for me. I coach JR High girls volleyball and our season kicks into full swing when school resumes.

On top of juggling that and my home life, I try to work in my writing. Which oddly enough sometimes all this hustle makes for some good writing sessions on my part.