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March 2021 Back in the saddle again

What happened to February?

For being the shortest month of the year, February seemed to take the longest to get through. We were hit with several inches of snow, which was lovely for maybe a day. Then the freezing rain began. And high winds. Power outages lasted for a week or more in some neighborhoods. We were lucky our outage only lasted 36 hours; 36 hours of trying to stay warm, making coffee on a camp stove in the garage, and hoping the food in the fridge and freezer didn't go bad. Because of COVID, I had both well stocked. A huge tree snag collapsed on our shed, crushing it for good this time (not the first time this poor shed has been attacked by falling trees!). And somewhere in the middle of it all, I had a birthday. Whoop. Whoop.

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Moving on to March: the snow and ice are history, daffodils and crocus are blooming, and I've begun a new writing project. I was disappointed that I didn't have the energy to participate in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) last November, but a wise friend pointed out that NaNo can be in any month (except February!), so I chose March to hammer out 50,000 words of something I hope will become a novel worth reading one day. It's all about word count right now; making sense of it comes later. The only thing I know with certainty at the moment is that it appears to be another Western adventure.

My previous NaNoWriMo experiences gave birth to:

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Destination Stardust

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Come Snowfall

I discovered a bunch of pictures I had cut from This Week (a discontinued local newspaper) years ago and have been coloring them as a form of meditation. I shared this one with a special young friend of mind.

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January 2021 Apple cake and hope

Welcome to a new year!

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Maple Apple Almond Cake

My sweet tooth struck this week. Remembering all the apples I put in the freezer last fall, I tested a new recipe I found online. The cake turned out moist and delicious; the recipe went into the keeper file. I'd be happy to share it with you (the recipe, not the cake!). Just email me at writer@cindyhiday.com and I will send you the link.

2021 is a year of transitions, for both the country (the United States swore in a new administration yesterday) and for me personally.

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April 14, 2020

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November 24, 2020

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January 5, 2021

Three books launched in nine months, people! Three different projects, each with its own unique challenges. It would be an understatement to say I'm exhausted. It was an exciting, heady ride, but now I'm looking forward to some down-time to regroup and recharge. Read more. Try not to eat too much. Dabble in other crafts while the next story brews beneath the surface. I'll keep you posted. In the meantime, I'd love to hear what you're currently reading and/or working on!

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I bought these rocks at a Christmas bazaar years ago. They were housed in a wire cage in the shape of an angel. I recently pulled them out and recolored them, because, for me, they represent the year ahead, one full of anticipation and promise. I hope my sharing them with you brings you the same warm feelings.

Here's to your good health!

December 2020 Year-end wrap-up

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Wallowa Mountains in July.

Imagine the above mountains in December and you'll have some idea of just one of the challenges Alice faces in Come Snowfall.

The feedback I've been getting on this story has made all the hours spent writing and researching so worthwhile. Thank you! I hope you'll share your thoughts with other readers by leaving a review on the site you purchased the book from.

In my November newsletter, I hinted at another western adventure in the works. That book is Ramsey Judd, a story my dear cousin, Tina Spencer, published in 2008 through Publish America (a now defunct print-on-demand company). The book received positive reviews, and it was a story I thoroughly enjoyed. So when it fell out of print, I encouraged (or rather nagged!) Tina to re-publish.

But life happened, and here we are twelve years later. My cousin entrusted me with copyright ownership and the task of re-publishing. Outside of some minor editing, little of the original text has been altered. Ramsey Judd is still very much Tina Spencer's story.

From the back cover:

The Civil War robbed him of his identity and self-respect. Now he's ready to reclaim them both.

Twenty years ago, Union soldier Ramsey Judd ran away in the middle of battle. He was forced to keep running under an assumed name to avoid being apprehended and charged with desertion. Pushing old age and faced with his own mortality, he finally starts the long journey home. Along the way, he stops in a little place in Idaho to pay his respects to the girl he left behind.

But a lot has changed in his absence. Instead of a warm welcome, Ramsey finds himself at the center of a conflict between revenge and greed. He has one last chance to make things right – unless his health, or the law, catches up with him first.

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Another awesome cover, don't you agree?

Ramsey Judd is scheduled for release January 5, 2021.

A reminder announcement, along with information on where you can buy the ebook and paperback, will be sent out on launch day!

You've heard the saying "truth is stranger than fiction"? For me, that pretty much summarizes 2020: a year of extremes. As it comes to a close, I wish you and yours the very best of holidays. May the new year bring peace and joy!

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If you have a good read to recommend, or would just like to say hello, please email writer@cindyhiday.com .
I'd enjoy hearing from you!

Newsletter Back Issues

November 2020 Come Snowfall Launch

My heartfelt thanks to everyone who showed their support and encouragement.


October 2020 Looking Ahead

Temperatures have cooled, days are shorter, and the garden is gearing down.


September 2020 Looking Back

And oh the memories! The good, bad, and ugly. Fortunately...


August 2020 Come Snowfall progress

Accepting the end of one chapter and focusing on the next.


May 2020 Iditarod Nights launch

As the April 14 release date approached, it became clear this wouldn't be your typical launch.