Three Cheers!

By Liz, cheering about my latest Cat Cafe Mystery, out this week! Also, our theme for December is “cheers.” (I know — it seems like a stretch to be cheering about anything 2020-related, but there are things — trust us.)

Like, A Whisker of A Doubt is officially on the shelves, and I’m celebrating even as I’m wrapping up the next book, Claws for Alarm. So Wickeds, let’s send out some cheer together – what’s something you have celebrated recently (big or small – it all counts)?

Edith/Maddie: I’m so happy for you, Liz/Cate, and can’t wait to pick up my copy at Jabberwocky Books! I will cheer that my post-surgery hand is gaining strength and flexibility every day, that I’ve stayed on track with my weekly word count goals for Batter Off Dead (Country Store #10), and that we’re about to have grownups in the White House again.

Jessie: Happy, happy release to you, Liz! I am cheering the fact that the strangeness of the world this year has created an opportunity for me to look at a lot of things with a different eye than I might have before. I’ve done a lot of work on my on my physical surroundings but I have also made some real strides with parts of my internal landscape were easy to ignore in the clamor of ordinary life. I am truly grateful for all the unexpected benefits all the disruption has provided me. I am also profoundly grateful for my husband. Today marks his 31st anniversary of coming to the States. Here’s to you my sweet béncão!

Sherry: Happy book birthday, Liz! Jessie, hug your hubby for me! I’m so thrilled that I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time this year. It’s an annual writing challenge to write 50,000 words in November. Sisters in Crime was one of the sponsors this year and did all kinds of events and writing sprints. It was touch and go there for awhile, but I finished on Sunday. I’m writing the third Chloe Jackson mystery, Three Shots to the Wind.

Barb: Congratulations, Liz! I’m cheering the arrival of the holiday season. The fact that so many people were stuck at home for Thanksgiving means lots of houses have their lights and decorations up early. I get an enormous boost from it all, from the smallest candle in a window to the grandest display.

Julie: Huge congratulations Liz/Cate! Like Barb, I’m enjoying the early decorations. And also, like Sherry, I got 50K plus words done on Garden Squad #5, tentatively titled The Plot Thickets. I’m also celebrating some beautiful weather here, which means wonderful walks without freezing.

Readers, tell us something you’re celebrating today!

26 Thoughts

  1. I don’t know that I would technically call it “celebrating” but I was pretty happy yesterday to learn that I’m going to be getting an advance copy of the new book (due out in March) by one of my favorite writers. I’m getting the ARC so that I can review it for Mystery Scene. Considering their most recent book currently sits atop my Best of 2020 book list, I’m really anticipating this new one.

    Beyond that, any little thing that brings even momentary joy into my admittedly mostly by design drab life is cause for a lower case “yaay!”. A new graphic novel I ordered arrived, my annual order of the bags of Brach’s Holiday Mix hard candies has shown up too.

    And waking up each day feels like a victory as well.

  2. Congratulations, Liz! It’s a stellar day for a release! I’m celebrating the unexpected opportunities created by my COVID related job loss. It freed me to figure out what was truly important and gave me the courage to pursue it.

  3. Congratulations on the release of “A Whisker of A Doubt”! Can’t wait for the opportunity to read it.

    My celebration is seeing some sunshine. After several gloomy and freezing days, we are to have not only a sunny day, but the temperatures are to climb up high enough that even a walk outside might be possible.
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  4. Congratulations, Jessie! I am celebrating the fact that after only a few short months of development, there are several vaccines in the wings that will hopefully bring the pandemic to an end in (relatively) short order.

  5. Liz, I am adding my “HUZZAH” for your new book, too! That is a great way to start the day, reading about a new book release. Also, I am celebrating our world and how we have all been in this pandemic together and are trying to support one another. I read this morning that when “Chinese medical supplies were sent to Italy early on in the year they were labeled with an excerpt from an ancient Roman poem: ‘We are waves from the same sea.’ And Japanese medical packages arrived in China with the words from an ancient Chinese poem: ‘We have different mountains and rivers, but we share the same sun, moon, and sky.'” We are all together in this battle against COVID-19 and I for one am so appreciative of authors and their writing…and am looking forward to lots of new books coming out of this time period. 😉

  6. Congrats on the new release, Liz! Three cheers to that, indeed!
    Today, I’m celebrating my order kiddo and the job they’ve had for a month now. They were out of work for 8 months due to Covid-19. It was a long, challenging job search, but they are happy with the new gig helping seniors in a memory care facility.

  7. Good Day Wickeds!
    I’m celebrating the fact that I made 2 sets of Wine Jelly, and only burned myself alittle bit. They are to be Christmas gifts this year. I’ve never made jelly before so its been quite the learning experience! I just hope they are edible. 😁😁😁

  8. Congrats, Liz!! I’m celebrating selling a lot of old photographic developing and printing equipment, and a lot of old cameras. All in good shape, but not used by us anymore. Happy to get them to someone who wants them and made a little (very little) money out of it.

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