It's finally cooled down here in Arizona. Not even two weeks ago, I didn't know whether to pull out my sweater box or reach for a t-shirt. Temperatures were swinging from the 60's in the morning to over 100 by the early afternoon. But temperatures in Phoenix have finally managed to drop to the 50-70's and suffering 115-degree summer days have faded into the past.
Somehow the summer heat gave me the idea to coach some tri-newbies and it turned into a wonderfully inspiring project. A handful of women stepped up to attempt their very first mini-triathlon. Many were new to swimming; most hadn't touched a bike in 20-30 years. All were looking for a fresh start after suffering health setbacks, weight gain, and depression that began during Covid. I'm so happy to say that 8 women crossed the finish line of their first race. What's better? They've asked to keep the practices going so they can train for a Spring race!
The Grim Reader
I disappeared during the summer heat into local (iced) coffee shops to finish all the copyedits and indexing for The Grim Reader. And what a learning experience it was. I'm glad to say the manuscript is finally off to the printers and due to hit bookshelves January 16th, 2024! I've been invited to share the journey with a local writing group at the end of this month, from getting an agent to the copyediting process to getting book blurbs. I'm really looking forward to connecting with these local writers.
AND I finally have a cover to reveal!
With all that behind me, I've turned my creative energies to my fantasy love story. The storyline is drafted and I'm on my second pass—coloring in the scenes, walking them through, working out the dialogue...sometimes out loud, which does draw some stares in the coffee shops.
What's next? Holiday baking of course. I LOVE baking Holiday cookies and breads. Probably too much, because they all require sampling...right?