Six weeks to read and write…six weeks to read and write…

I’m working with that as my mantra as I mentally adjust to the news yesterday that our school system is closed here in Washington state until April 27th. Because I teach seniors, I have some fairly panicked eighteen-year-olds in my life, wondering what’s going to happen with grades and graduation, and all I can tell them is: “It will all work out, and someday you’ll tell your kids and grandkids about this crazy year!”

As for me, I had to come home yesterday and immediately set up a plan for myself. My daughter is sixteen and can drive and do most things on her own, but essentially being trapped for six weeks with a workaholic husband (also a teacher) and a bored teenager is a recipe for disaster! So for my own sanity, I piled up the books I want to read (at first count, I’ve got eight, though that pile may grow as the days stretch on infinitely), and I plan on completing two writing projects and publishing a third. And as if that isn’t enough, I also decided to do a six-week half-marathon training schedule just to get out of the house and clear my head as necessary!

So that should keep me busy! But in the meantime, I put out a book last week that was really poorly timed. I’m running a free promotion this weekend (with paid advertisements), but as we’re all glued to our televisions and the news and not yet settled in with the fact that books might become our best source of entertainment in the coming weeks, it’s getting virtually NO downloads! I’m not even considering yet the fact that maybe it’s just not a marketable book (because imposter syndrome is always lurking close by for those of us who create things and hope that strangers will buy them!), and instead I’m blaming my book getting lost in the shuffle to Coronavirus madness!

But if you do decide to switch off the news coverage for a few hours and just read and enjoy the March snow (for those of us in the Portland area!), The Year of the Rabbit is free this weekend on Amazon and I’d be thrilled to have you download it! If that’s not your cup of tea then hang on–I’ve got romance novels in the works and the 8th full-length Christmas Key book coming this spring! And I’ve got SIX WEEKS to write them! So stay tuned!

Oh, and stay safe–happy reading!

Stephanie