HAPPY CHRISTMAS

I’m now into my fourth blogging year and I don’t think I quite envisaged how much Crimepieces would take over my life when I started it in 2011. It’s still great fun to read the crime novels and I only wish there was more time in the day to fit everything in. I’m having a good catch-up over the Christmas period so expect lots of reviews in the new year.

2014 has been a very special year for me. I’ve appreciated your comments, e-mails, retweets and all the support you’ve continued to give this blog. I even managed to catch up with some of you in real life. I also know from my stats that I have lots of readers who don’t comment but come regularly to read the reviews. It’s great to know you’re out there.

A quote from one of my favourite (non-crime) writers, Ann Patchett, sums up my writing year.

Coming back is the thing that enables you to see how all the dots in your life are connected, how one decision leads you to another, how one twist of fate, good or bad, brings you to a door that later takes you to another door, which aided by several detours — long hallways and unforeseen stairwells — eventually puts you in the place you are now. Every choice lays down a trail of bread crumbs, so that when you look behind you there appears to be a very clear path that points straight to the place where you now stand. But when you look ahead there isn’t a bread crumb in sight — there are just a few shrubs, a bunch of trees, a handful of skittish woodland creatures. You glance from left to right and find no indication of which way you’re supposed to go. And so you stand there, sniffing at the wind, looking for directional clues in the growth patterns of moss, and you think, What now?

Sometimes not having any idea where we’re going works out better than we could possibly have imagined.

I’d like to wish all readers of Crimepieces a very Happy Christmas.

 

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13 thoughts on “HAPPY CHRISTMAS

  1. Merry Christmas to you too, Sarah! I’m sure this year has been wonderful for you; the next even better! You’re one of the premier blogs I rely on to add to my TBR pile, as your judgement is so good. And I intend to get to Bloody Scotland next year, whatever I have to do to get there – so hopefully we will finally meet. And thank you so much for your encouragement since I’ve started blogging – it’s people like you who make it such an enjoyable thing to do! xx

  2. A very nice post, Sarah. It is good that it has been such a fruitful year for you.

    I agree, before blogging it was hard to imagine how much time I would put into it and what I would get back in return. I started out because I knew I wanted to have some creative outlet after I retired. I am not much closer to retirement, but I have loved the blogging experience and meeting wonderful fellow bloggers like you.

    Have a good Christmas and into the New Year.

  3. Merry Christmas, Sarah! I have enjoyed reading your reviews of crime novels, most of which I have not read, and look forward to your reads in 2015. I like the title and cover of your own book and especially the tagline that I agree with. I look forward to reading IN BITTER CHILL.

  4. Thanks for this post, Sarah. I haven’t done much writing or blogging for quite a while for numerous reasons, but this post is very heartening. My good wishes for Christmas and for the New Year.

  5. Merry Christmas Sarah – getting to know you has been one of the joys of blogging, and when your book is a huge success I’m looking forward to saying ‘oh of course I knew her before…’ Here’s to a great 2015!

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