Happy New Year!!!! I hope that whatever you did on New Year’s eve was fun, and if you had too much fun, by now you have started to recover, and feel fresh and ready to face a brand new year, like a clean slate, ready for you to write on!! I think we all forget sometimes how much of what we do, we can determine ourselves. So we should all think about how we want this year to go, and in what direction. Do we want to slow down and take it easy, smell the roses, and not work as hard? Or rev up our engines and do more, start new projects, or a new business? Do we want to meet new people and get out more, or stay home more and not race around quite as much. Are we ready for a new relationship, or know we should end an old one if it’s not working. Do we need or want to spend more time with our kids….or have a child, or move to a new home or apartment? Look for a new job? Or work harder at the old one? Take better care of ourselves, change our hair color or our look? Or get a new puppy? Lose or gain weight? Get more exercise? The possibilities are endless, and there are always surprises and things we can’t control in life, but at least we can head in the right direction—-whatever that direction means to us.
I also want to start the new year out with a ‘correction’. It’s hard to keep up with some of the questions people ask me on the blog, and there are so many things I would like to respond to and comment on. But there was one comment I thought I should respond to. Two blogs ago, someone wrote in to ask me if I had recently married someone called “Ian Thomas Mathews” (I think that was the name???). And the simple answer to that is no, I haven’t. I don’t even know someone by that name. And I haven’t recently married anyone, and have no plans to do so. Apparently, they read about my recent remarriage on ‘Wikipedia’. I think the problem with sites like that is that people can write in whatever they want, there is no filtering system, and no fact checking. And anywhere on the internet inaccurate information appears and grows like weeds. So, no, I didn’t marry a Mr. Matthews. I recently saw on some web site my age inaccurately stated by about 10 years (more) —-I gulped at that. I went to college at 15, married at 17, and wrote my first book at 19, and have written 148 books, so sometimes people figure I must be at least 100 years old by now. And fortunately, I’m not. Elsewhere on the Internet, I’ve read that my ‘real’ name was Muriel Something or Other, which made me laugh too. My real name that I was born with (my maiden name, before I ever married) really is Danielle Steel. Once I married, I only used it on my books and used my married name in my personal life, but now that I’m divorced I’ve gone back to using Danielle Steel in my ‘real life’. I also read that my grandfather was a potato farmer, which is a respectable profession, but the grandfather they were referring to actually had a law degree, wrote 2 or 3 very boring books about the law, which he never practiced, and never worked. (in those days, ‘gentlemen’ didn’t work, so he never did). And I’ve also read that I spent my entire childhood in bed paralyzed by polio, which fortunately wasn’t the case either. I don’t know how those stories start, but they’re out there, and I guess people believe them, so I figured I should let you know that I didn’t marry anyone recently, and don’t know anyone by the name they mentioned. I shy away from using the Internet for research, because the same inaccuracies exist about history, and I am meticulous about the research in my books and so is my researcher!!! So I thought we’d get the year off to a clean start!!!
Other than that, my plans for the year include a LOT of writing, contact with you on our Facebook chats, through my blog, and on Twitter, maybe a TV appearance or two. I hope to see a lot of my kids, whenever they’re able, and enjoy life between books. I don’t have any more complicated plans than that, but that should keep me busy enough!!
I hope the new year is off to a great start for you, and that whatever plans you have for this year happen easily, and just the way you want them to!!!
I hope 2016 will be a great year for us all,