Between the tax bill, the leaking pipes, and the bee hive in the backyard, I was feeling a bit mopey the other day. So today I decided to concentrate on all that is good in my life right now -- and there are  plenty of things to be grateful for. More than grateful, in fact.

1 - Weekly massage.

I confess I'm still a little guilty about the Friday massage sessions. I excuse them on the grounds of my still-effed-up wrists and the persistent knots in my shoulders.

I have to say that this is more like sports therapy than the soothing, relaxing spa-type massage I originally envisioned, but I feel good afterwards. I have a lot more range of motion in my shoulders and my spine has stopped making that distracting clicking sound.

Yeah, I know. TMI. Anyway, I set the massage up for Fridays because even when I go back to work, I'm going to try and keep Fridays as off days -- and that's probably one of the things that makes me happiest. The fact that I am committed to not returning to the old workaholic lifestyle.

2 - Cooking.

I'm not a great cook, but I am an efficient cook. If you give me a reasonably simple recipe I can follow it and generally get good results. And I really enjoy cooking. I enjoy experimenting and substituting and trying out new tools and fooling around in my wee kitchen. I'm doing almost all the cooking now, which is a big change around Chez Lanyon, but I find it very relaxing. Almost zen.

I've been cooking a lot of fish lately -- trying to eat less red meat. I particularly love salmon, but I made this dish a couple of times and it's pretty good.

We're (me) trying to eat more fruit and veg with each meal. Not to be fanatics, just make a few little healthy changes.

3 - My books are still selling.

This is important because if my backlist didn't continue to sell steadily, I'd be in a difficult situation. I'm not ready to start writing again, and I don't want to start cranking out inferior work just because I need the moolah, so thank all the powers that be that the old stuff continues to move.

And the fact that so many titles are reverting to me in short order helps again. The difference between seventy and sixty-five percent of royalties versus thirty percent of seventy and sixty-five percent of royalties is signficant. No question.

Also being able to set my own prices.

So thank you to those of you who have just discovered my work and are buying up my backlist. Thank you also to my long time readers who continue to recommend me to your reading friends.

4 - TV. In particular Downtown Abbey.

Yes, I am hooked. Enough said. I have rediscovered my love of TV. Sure, I am watching a lot of documentaries -- anything you would like to know about collapsing bee colonies? -- but I've also discovered stuff like Downtown Abbey and White Collar.

5 - The  possibilities of the months ahead.

I'm only three months into this sabbatical. No, no miracle of creativity has happened. I'm not burning to write again. I am mildly interested (which is a BIG improvment, believe it or not). There is still lots to read and XBox games to play and my garden to work in (and my garage) -- summer and the swimming pool are coming and perhaps some travel. And more reading.

So while the sabbatical isn't quite rolling out the way I'd anticipated (did I have a plan? I can't remember), things are pretty good in the State of the Josh. And I'm thinking they will get still better. It's spring, after all. And that's all about new beginnings.[image error]
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message 1: by [deleted user] (new)

Good for you Josh! And I feel a need to share this with you: I have a gay commuter friend who'd never heard of gay fiction at all. (Sometimes I think Norway must be on the far side of the moon) I convinced him to buy an ereader, and recommended him the Adrien English Mysteries to begin with. He's not used to reading english so it's slow going, but he's totally hooked! I envy him so much right now. I too want to be able to read all your books for the first time! But on the other hand it is nice to watch someone else find pleasure in your work, and to have someone to talk to that understands what the fuss is all about. You'll always be the guru, Josh. Just so you know. :)


message 2: by Kristin (new)

Kristin If you haven't caught it already, I recommend the new Sherlock series on PBS. Three episodes available on Netflix, next three coming out in May. An outstanding remake of a classic.


message 3: by Sherry (new)

Sherry OK, I don't which I'm more envious of.....the weekly massage or the clean closets!!??!!


message 4: by Josh (new)

Josh oceankitty wrote: "Good for you Josh! And I feel a need to share this with you: I have a gay commuter friend who'd never heard of gay fiction at all. (Sometimes I think Norway must be on the far side of the moon) I c..."

Aw. Thank you very much for those kind words, oceankitty!


message 5: by Josh (new)

Josh Kristin wrote: "If you haven't caught it already, I recommend the new Sherlock series on PBS. Three episodes available on Netflix, next three coming out in May. An outstanding remake of a classic."

I LOVE that show!


message 6: by Josh (new)

Josh Sherry wrote: "OK, I don't which I'm more envious of.....the weekly massage or the clean closets!!??!!"

I have to admit they are both truly wonderous! :-D


Emanuela ~plastic duck~ Evil mastermind wonders: if we stop recommending your books, will you publish something new sooner? Evil mastermind is just envious of your weekly massage...


message 8: by Totho (new)

Totho You had me at weekly massage....


message 9: by Josh (new)

Josh Emanuela ~plastic duck~ wrote: "Evil mastermind wonders: if we stop recommending your books, will you publish something new sooner? Evil mastermind is just envious of your weekly massage..."

Probably not. Probably just won't be able to afford massage. :-P


message 10: by Josh (new)

Josh Totho wrote: "You had me at weekly massage...."

I know! It took me a year to get up the nerve -- and squish down the guilt.


Emanuela ~plastic duck~ Josh wrote: "Probably not. Probably just won't be able to afford massage. :-P"

Wasn't expecting that :-/


message 12: by Jordan (new)

Jordan Lombard Wow... weekly massage... that sounds fantastic. At the rate I'm going, I feel like I'll be needing that too. I seem to have more knots in my shoulders these days than I used to... yep, another envious person, but it'll be awhile before I could ever afford such luxuries.

So glad you're enjoying your time off! Keep enjoying it. Eventually you'll get the itch to write again, but it doesn't have to be soon.


message 13: by Darkm (new)

Darkm I'm glad this is working and that you are feeling better :)
And of course your books are still selling!


message 14: by k_b (new)

k_b Wow. I've never had an actual professional massage before. I wonder what they feel like.

Out of curiosity, what games do you have on your Xbox? I had no idea you played video games.


message 15: by Pete (new)

Pete W I think the show was actually called Downton Abbey :P I have heard praise about the show but I am not sure if I would wanna watch it.


message 16: by Cynthia (new)

Cynthia H. Hi Josh,
I, too, love "Downton Abbey" and miss it now that Season 2 is over. I've recently discovered another BBC series, "Foyle's War." The series is about Christopher Foyle, Detective Chief Superintendent, and set in WW II in England...I think you'd enjoy it, as well. I'm catching up on prior seasons on Amazon Instant Video..free for Amazon Prime Members.

Enjoy the weekly massage and your time off...I love your writing!


message 17: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Hi Josh, I'm one of your new readers. Lord, I think I've now bought 16 of your books so far and I'm not going to stop until I have them all. And if my new obsession with your writing will help pay for you to relax, vacation, garden, and recharge your mind, then I am more than happy to contribute :)


message 18: by Msjbelle (new)

Msjbelle Everyone needs to stop and take stock every once and a while. We'd all be healthier mentally and physically if we did it on a regular basis; so good for you! The first book I read of yours was "his convenient husband". I have been looking for a sequel since then and enjoying other books of yours like the "Adrien English" mysteries.


message 19: by JPerceval (new)

JPerceval Just saw this post, and have to say a big YES to White Collar. One of the best bromances on TV. *g*

If you haven't tried it, you may also like Burn Notice, which is also on USA and due to come back this summer.


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