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Happy New Year !! On this January 4th morning I’m looking out at a dark & dreary landscape. It’s raining, it’s windy and it’s cold. A very typical winter day here on the beach. This picture was taken on December 18th during a very high tide along with high wind. I couldn’t wait to get down to the beach and watch those surf worthy waves hitting the shore. Today is definitely an indoor day perfect for catching up on paperwork and putting away the last vestiges of Christmas. Always a bit sad to take down the tree and put all the decorations away. Yesterday I read through all the Christmas cards one last time before they hit the recycling box.

One of the goodies in my Christmas stocking was a magnetic notepad for the fridge with the huge heading TO DO. I’m all about the lists so on New Year’s Day sat down and started writing down things I’d like to accomplish this year with the bed & breakfast, church bookstore & volunteer groups. It’s been years since I wrote down resolutions but I included personal goals with the idea that if I write these things down I have a better chance of actually attempting them.

The first goal is to finish the book I started writing in November. One of our b&b guests told me about a contest called National Novel Writing Month http://www.nanowrimo.org/ In 1999 twenty-one friends in California challenged each other to write 50,000 words of fiction in 30 days. In November I was one of over 250,000 participants in 92 countries that signed up for a month of insanity. I’ve wanted to write a book my whole life so decided it was time to put up or shut up. On November 1st I sat down to a blank screen and started writing “Women of the Beach.” The main character is Isobel “Izzy” Bannerman who runs a bed & breakfast (how original is that??) and four women in Izzy’s life who all become friends with each other. It’s a story of love & loss and hope. There were days I wrote utter crap to fill my daily quota of 1700 words and days where I was totally in the zone and I couldn’t type fast enough. Just before midnight one day before the deadline I hit the 50,000 word count and couldn’t believe it was over. Well the contest was over anyway. What I’ve got is part of a rough draft and a long hard slog ahead. So starting this week I’ll jump back into Sunset Bay with Izzy and friends and finish the draft. My apologies in advance for not answering the phone/emails/facebook messages or having a vacant stare when you see me in the grocery store.

Today’s post title is a clue into another one of my resolutions. To brush up on French. I took French classes all through high school and college and at one time could write essays and read novels en Francais. But that was was 30 years ago and it’s true if you don’t use it, you lose it. A few days ago I signed up for on-line French through North Island Distance Education. They offer a wide variety of courses free to North Island residents. http://www.nides.bc.ca/ I can’t wait until my registration goes through and I can get started. Bonjour…comment ca va?

Wishing you all happiness and health in 2011
Hugs from the beach…

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