Playing Catch Up

Hi Everyone, I’ve been busy writing, and catching up on work. It’s a sharp contrast to my Paris life where I work, but I play too. When I get back to California, it’s nose to the grindstone time!! But I wanted to check in with you.

I had some legal things to take care of when I got home, which is never fun. I went to the dentist, not highly amusing, but only a cleaning. I go to the dentist, (with terror), always prepared to hear that my head is falling off—-you mean you didn’t know? It’s silly of me, because I have an incredibly nice/good dentist, who has a wonderful hygienist, but I get nervous anyway. I guess most people do. (My late husband John was one of those people who made 5 hour dentist appointments, just to get it all out of the way at once (I would rather go 10 times for half an hour!!).   I went to pick him up once after some rugged dental surgery, he was fine, and I passed out cold in the elevator just thinking about what they’d done to him.  But anyway, I got my teeth cleaning out of the way when I got back.

I’m working on research, an outline, and notes for a new book, which keeps me busy. Got a glimpse of one daughter, had dinner with another, gave a birthday party for my youngest, have seen one of my sons a couple of times, and I am honored that he is taking me to a playoffs game. I can’t wait to go with him!!

I’ve just generally been tackling all the work that piles up on my desk, answering mail, writing emails, paying bills. (Yuk). No art exhibits, no fun evenings, no antique shows or auctions here. And sadly, 3 of my daughters spent 10 days working in Paris, and I had to be in California, so I missed them, but I came back to visit my kids in California. My girls were working on Fashion Week in Paris, which is always exciting and fun. I didn’t leave my house at all for 4 days, chained to my desk.

So that’s what my life looks like in California. Work, work, work!!! But it feels great to get it done.

I hope that the fall is off to a good start for you. I’m starting to think about the holidays, making plans, and starting on my Christmas shopping. I’m one of those annoying people who start early, but I write a lot this time of year, and don’t have much spare time, so I do it when I can.

It was warm in San Francisco for a few days, and I missed it, sitting at my desk. My life definitely doesn’t sound as ‘glamorous’ here!! Back to the grind….I hope that all is well with you.

Love, Danielle

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  1. Mary October 12, 2012 6:04 pm

    Hi Danielle,
    I check your blog once a month and am surprised when no one responds right away, maybe we are all working too much!
    I too am dealing with a “legal” thing right now and it’s exhausting.
    I am on the east coast and the temperature here is already dropping, the older I get the less I like the cold. When I was a kid I was out in any weather for hours never giving it a thought.
    How does your dog like going back to California? Do you bring the dog every time you go back and forth? My two Jack Russles love the word “ride” they go absolutely bonkers! We have Deer in the field almost everyday so I taught them “where’s bambi?” and they stand up on their hind legs and start looking, and when they spot them they just want to chase them so I must keep them on their leash.
    When you call writing “work” do you feel like it’s something you must do or something you want to do? You could retire and just do all the fun stuff but I think writing is in your blood so it’s a must do and you will never retire! That’s good since so many people love your books.Do any of your books have the main character being an older woman,at the end of her career making the transition in to a different season of her life?
    I know so many people who waited for “the golden years” and never got there after working their entire lives. Even giving up time with their family to work and missing out on so many things. I wish I worked less and enjoyed more, maybe it’s a matter of finding a balance not to over work.

  2. Maureen October 13, 2012 9:55 am

    You must be a very disciplined person to work so resolutely in spite of all the fun things going on around you.
    I was reading Wanderlust on my tablet because life is feeling burdensome right now. It’s not a great thing to look at your calendar and notice it’s filled with obligations you don’t want to do…a few even you’re actually dreading.
    I’m not sure why I picked it….I’ve read probably seven or eight of your books over the years, because they’re just fun and easy and sometimes that’s exactly what one needs.
    I remember seeing the movie The Promise with my friend Tia when I was in middle school. We thought it was so romantic.
    Happy to see you have a blog. Thank you for sharing your very glamorous life.

  3. Jan October 14, 2012 6:38 pm

    I nevr comment but I love reading your blog. Thank You, btw I am reading an oldie of yours, “To Love Again” Takes me back to that time period.

  4. ajerstejn October 23, 2012 9:08 am

    Hello Miss Danielle
    I have been told by my Galery that you love Art and that you have bought one on my art-work ! tittle “BAD BOOK”.
    Also my wife love your “GOOD BOOK” so
    I would like to invite you to one of my next futur exhibitions ,what email adress should i send it to you ?
    Best Regards …