Jessie: In Northern New England, enjoying spring!
This month we are chatting about anticipation. Yesterday was release day for Edith’s latest Quaker Midwife Mystery, A Changing Light which involves change and progress.
So, this week I want to ask you about the sorts of things you are eagerly anticipating for the future? What are your sleuths hoping their futures will hold?
Sherry: Congratulations on the new book, Edith! I love the cover and am so happy for you! I’m hoping for a post pandemic world where we don’t have to wear masks and life can return to normal. My protagonists are hoping they will quit finding dead bodies, sadly that won’t happen!
Barb: Congratulations, Edith! I, too, love this cover. I’m hoping to finish the $%^&* book I’m working on, the tenth in the Maine Clambake Mystery series. Buoyed by a warm Maine spring (so far) Julia is eagerly awaiting the opening of the Snowden Family Clambake season. (Though she may stumble over a body before that happens.) Jane Darrowfield is working in her garden in Cambridge, Massachusetts hoping her efforts now will pay off later.
Jessie: Congratulations, Edith! Sherry, I hope your sleuths never run out of bodies! Barb, I know you will finish the book one way or another! As for me, I am anticipating time at the beach very soon! This is the first year that I can head up as soon as I would like since my youngest is off at college for the first time and I think I will likely go up in May since the beach is so lovely at that time of year! My sleuths are anticipating new adventures with their business and with skullduggery in the village. Beryl has her eyes on a small aeroplane and Edwina is feverishly working away on her novel!
Liz: Congrats, Edith! So exciting. Jessie, I’m with you on the beach! I can’t wait to sit on the sand and go swimming. As for my sleuths, Maddie is hoping that she can talk Grandpa Leo into more cats for the cat cafe, and Violet is anticipating that more witchcraft and mayhem are going to appear in her life despite her best efforts to retain some semblance of normalcy!
Julie: Congratulations, Edith! I’m looking forward to the beach and cookouts. Both a wonderful way to spend time with people I care about. I’m working on book #5 in the Garden Squad series now, and can say for certain that everyone is looking forward to Alden Park reopening soon. Lilly’s hoping there won’t be any more dead bodies found, and for this book, she’s in luck. The next one, though…
Edith/Maddie: Thanks, everyone! Beach, cookout, finishing books, spending time with friends and family and actually touching them – all wonderful things to anticipate. It’s not much of a spoiler to say that Rose is anticipating raising a family. Robbie Jordan is looking forward to her South Lick wedding, and Mac Almeida to fall on Cape Cod with whatever it brings.
Readers: What are you anticipating for the future?
What am I anticipating?
Honestly, nothing. While I’m obviously HOPING for things to get back to what used to be considered normal, I don’t ANTICIPATE anything because I don’t see things changing any time soon. This would be thanks to the steady level of stupidity by a large swath of the population.
I’ve already written off 2021 for doing much of anything that I would normally be doing. Effectively, I’ll see you in 2022 (maybe).
Here’s hoping 2022 will be back on track!
I’m anticipating the spring blooms that are coming up in my garden now, and life resuming some kind of normal – although I’m not sure what that will be. On the hope front, we’ve been invited to our neighbor’s daughter’s wedding this summer, and although the invitation contained the COVID caveat – it’s a sign of hope and trust that we will all be able to gather and celebrate.
A wedding is such a delightful event to anticipate!
Greatly anticipate being able to start work on marking things off our bucket list. So many trips – so little time. Want to be able to say wasn’t it fun to see……. and not wish I had been able to see………. Seems as 2021 is still in the air. Had something planned for August and it’s already been cancelled by others. Just to be able to travel somewhere, enjoy the sights and take photographs and even to be able to sit down in a restaurant and enjoy a relaxing meal with hubby that we didn’t have to prepare or clean up after would be awesome. Just goes to prove you don’t know what you have until you don’t have it any more. Looking forward and not back other than with wonderful memories!
The one good advantage in staying at home is we have a wonderful garden and are planting lots of flowers because we know we will be here to care for them. So looking forward to fresh veggies and lots of gorgeous blooms.
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I beautiful garden is a wonderful thing to anticipate! But I agree that travel plans and dinners out are lovely too!
Happy Book Birthday Edith.
Thank you, Dru!
I’m anticipating warmer weather and being able to put the space heater away for the season. And in June, I’m anticipating my first in-person critique meeting in over a year (we’ll all be safely vaccinated).
I know what you mean about the space heater! Our forecast is for 5-8 inches of snow on Friday!
OMG, Jessie – really? Gah!
I’m looking forward to reading all these great books when you all finish writing them.
Aww, thanks, Mark!
I love when each of you chime in with what you are doing, and/or what your characters are doing “off stage”. I’m anticipating doing a lot of local sightseeing now that our daughter is living with us. She will get to see first hand why we love Lancaster so much.
We love to hear that you enjoy a peek behind the curtain! I hope you have fun with your daughter!
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