~ As I'm winding down this year, I wanted to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Eid al-Fitr, Bodhi Day, Winter Solstice, Yule, or whatever you may be celebrating/observing (for those holidays that have passed, I hope you had a great one). For me, it's Christmas and although I'm not religious, Christmas-time (like Thanksgiving) is really a time of being thankful for the people in my life that are important to me, and for enjoying time together.
Putting a tree in the house, all the presents, the food and such are traditions for me and my family. More than anything else, these traditions mark that time of year when it becomes more apparent than ever that giving truly is better than receiving. I count down the days to Christmas, just so I can see the excitement building on my loved ones faces. When the day comes, I get great pleasure from seeing their joy when they open presents. This all sounds ridiculously sappy, and at the risk of sounding like a Hallmark commercial, let me just say that it still holds true for me. Over the next few weeks, I'm planning to take some time away from my day job to be with those that I hold most dear. But, I also plan to do a lot of (interruption-free) writing. My target was to finish Lies That Bind by the end of 2016, and although I know now that this is certainly notgoing to happen, I'd like to get well over half way done then. At the risk of over-hyping it (always a bad thing), it is growing and morphing into a dark tale that I am truly proud of. I sincerely hope that each and everyone of you reading this have time to enjoy with your loved ones, and to celebrate in your own way. I cannot thank you enough for your continued reviews and feedback for In The Dark. Your support is much appreciated and continuously humbling. Until next year, Happy Reading!