January Exuberance, Who Knew?

Not quite that exuberant, but close…

A funny thing happened on Sunday night. I felt wildly happy, exuberant, in fact. The reason was simple. For the first time in years, I was ending the Christmas season without worrying about heading back to a day job. Fretting about the return to work, or in earlier days, getting the kids ready for school, or even my own return to school, always meant that the first weekend of a new year was a downer. Not this time, my friends. I tried real hard not to smirk over the fact that my hubby and son were returning to work on Monday. Of course, I failed miserably, but they understood.

I have no intention of shuffling my way into laziness this month, despite the dark rainy days. I’ve a fairly long to-do list in my planner this week, but it’s my choice as to how much time I’ll spend on each of these tasks. This year, I’m going to give myself more free time on the weekends to try new recipes, read more books, or go for longer walks.

I have two major writing projects underway, and a third, which I’ve put on the backburner but really need to finish. It’s a Casey Holland novella, which was written quite some time ago and has been edited at least ten times. I put it away last spring, but 2021 might be the time to get it publication ready. The first six books in the series had a serious tone, but the novella is a tongue-and-cheek look at the lighter side of Casey’s work as a transit security officer. Once I pull it out of its folder, I’ll tell you more.

It will be a work-filled year. My choice. Productive. Creative. Fun. Stepping outside into the real world might be a little more challenging until most of the population is vaccinated, but I’ll do my best to stay safe. But once they are, that’ll be a happy day!

Author: debrapurdykong

I'm a British Columbia author who's been writing for over 30 years. My volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and various jobs, inspired me to write mysteries set in BC’s Lower Mainland. Employment as a campus security patrol and communications officer provide the background for my my Casey Holland transit security novels. I'm also a part-time facilitator in Creative Writing Workshops through Port Moody's Recreation program. Feel free to contact me at dpurdykong@gmail.com

15 thoughts on “January Exuberance, Who Knew?”

  1. I know that feeling, Debra. I remember whend I quit my day job because my son needed extra attention and then wondered ‘What does one do all day if not go to work?’ It’s a wonderful feeling. Enjoy!

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  2. Debra, your enthusiasm for the New Year is infectious and you have me smiling with your choices for the year: “Productive. Creative. Fun.” I’ll join you in these … whilst parallel to this the horrors in the UK unfold with nightmarish speed.

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  3. Wonderful feelings and wonderful plans, Deb! I had a busy, creative, and productive (but not fun) 2020, so my hope is to take it a bit easier in 2021. Promotion for Plunge and maybe starting a new writing project. But, hopefully I can focus on that second passion of mine too: travel. 🙂 Happy 2021. Keep enjoying retirement. 🙂

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