Against my better judgment, I am starting my holiday shopping early this year. I've made lists, not just any lists, but very detailed lists cross-referenced with loved one's hobbies, interests, and the amount I'm allowing myself to spend. I've already ruined a few people's day by outbidding them on eBay. I'm dangerous.
We haven't even carved our pumpkins yet. Mr. Bones still gets molested daily by the neighborhood hoodlums. I wore shorts and had my A/C on the other day. So, why in the name of everything holy am I masquerading as Santa in October? I'm hoping that by getting a head start, along with my detailed lists, I might not spend as much. My alter retail ego knows better but I'm determined to prove her wrong.
The two most important (and expensive) people on my list are my two sons. Thankfully they have yet to beg for the $300 walking, talking triceratops that is so hot this year. Their list includes some trusted favorites like Tinker Toys and Lite Brites. I've also thoroughly researched digital cameras for kids that can withstand being chucked onto the roof. My oldest is getting the Leapfrog Tag Reading system so he can learn even more words on his own, which is absolutely the coolest thing to see. I hope my boys love to read as much as I do.
How about you? Do you start shopping in July or wait until December? Is there something special you want this year?
I got some very cool news late last night. ASPEN WON THE ASPEN! Revenge of the Homecoming Queen won first place in The Heart of Denver Romance Writers Aspen Gold Contest. I had some seriously tough competition; Shannon Greenland (The Specialists Series) and Jennifer Echols (Major Crush, The Boys Next Door). Congrats to my fellow finalists and a big thank you to all the judges!
Also, don't forget to vote for YALSA's Teen's Top Teen Award. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=wgkv0oG9ls32ruWqnsaHqg_3d_3d
I'm so excited for YA author Alyson Noel whose novel, SAVING ZOE, was nominated! Good luck to her!
What I'm reading...Handbags and Homicide by Dorothy Howell