I’m writing this on Christmas night. It was a good day, complete with a couple of stress-induced holiday spats and love-induced holiday hugs and kisses. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, something else, or nothing, in particular, I hope it’s been a good December for you.
As I believe I’ve mentioned recently, I’ve adjusted the newsletter schedule to twice a month because other exciting things are happening. If you’ve been familiar with my blog website for a while, you likely know already that I have a significant physical disability because of multiple sources it was made worse by the death of my husband, who was killed by a DUI driver; MS and stress don’t go well together, and grief is incredibly stressful.
I am keeping up with From In Here, but I’m excited to add a new website, that for my pen name or pseudonym, Denise DeMarco. As much as I would’ve loved to use my legal last name, the unavoidable truth is that many many people can’t pronounce it correctly or remember it. An ongoing joke between my husband and me was the fact that people tend to mangle DeCrescito.
Chris was also a tremendous encouragement for me to write fiction; I wrote a novel many years ago that he encouraged me to try and have published, but I wasn’t ready.
I’m ready now.
Sometime in January, an anthology is being published that includes a short story I wrote. There was an open call for submissions, and I was honored to have my story selected to be published in a collection along with excellent writers, many of whom have written other books that I’ve read.
Later in the year, I’ll be publishing longer books set in the same town where the short story takes place. I’m also working on a couple of novellas and novels that are interconnected romantic suspense stories. My goal is to have all of that out to you in the new year.
Please check out my author website at www.denisedemarco.com. I hope you’ll subscribe to my list there. There will only be a newsletter for that website once every month or so, but there will be games, contests, and demonstrations of my subscriber appreciation they are, similar to how there are with From In Here.
I’m going to share things about my experiences as I travel this new path in my life. I’m sure like with anything else, there will be highs and lows, and universal lessons learned. Right now, I hope you’ll take from where I am in this at this moment, to remember that although each of us has things we cannot do, the remaining things we can do. The disabilities and abilities are different for everyone, but we all have them in one way, shape, or form.