The last couple of weeks has been a whirlwind in this household. I know this is true of a lot of households right now. Summer is over, school has started, and fall is in the air. This has always been my favorite time of year, but this year it held a very different meaning. A whole new season has fallen upon us and it has nothing to do with the weather. This year, Tootsie started kindergarten. Gone are the days where we can go where ever we’d like and plan fun activities to fill our week. Now are the days with busy mornings trying to get out of the house on time, waiting for the bus to pull up with my precious cargo, and dealing with a tired and cranky five-year-old who is sill adjusting to her busy schedule. So far she’s loved school, and I pray her enthusiasm only grows from here.


Tootsie being gone all day has brought on changes for my other little munchkin as well. Spud is baby number two, and besides a couple hours of preschool throughout the week, he has never known what it’s like to have mom all to himself. Spud LOVES his sissy, and I worried that he would have a hard time dealing with her being gone all day. I immediately went into planning mode. Signed up for classes, set up playdates, found amazing new places to visit that would peak his interest. But as it turns out, I was worried about nothing. Spud is loving having his mama’s attention to himself a little too much and all he wants to do is ride his bike up and down the driveway without his sister bossing him around.

Now that we’re a couple of weeks into the school year and we’ve all gotten a little more adjusted to our new routines, it’s time for me to turn the page on another new chapter. Or, as it turns out, another new book. I recently finished my fourth MS and sent it along for my agent to take a look at. I told myself that I was going to wait to start something new until after I heard from her and figured out what was happening with my MS. No use diving into something new if I was going to have edits thrown at me soon. I might as well spend the time reading, relaxing, and spending time with the fam. Anyone who knows me well isn’t too surprised to learn that didn’t last long! Ideas and characters were all clamoring around in my head, demanding my attention. I just felt itchy, not having something to at least spin around in my mind, fine tuning it until I had come up with the next chapter or great new scene. I was restless as hell.

So, yesterday I sat down using the romance arc as a guide to an outline. I put down my idea until I came out with a plot I was excited to write about. A family came to life in my mind and what this story could be puts a smile on my face. And then…my CP blew it all to hell. My last MS was based around an idea I had, that unfortunately, was written out of the story because it wasn’t central enough to the plot. My CP and I started batting around ideas until something just clicked and we both knew it could be something special! What we came up with is another romantic suspense, which I had so much fun writing, that will take me even further out of my comfort zone. It’s something fresh and dangerous and feisty as hell. I can’t wait to get started!

So on to the next page I go. Another new beginning that promises to take me on a great adventure. I can’t wait to see how it turns out.