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There’s nothing like a vacation to leave a person relaxed and rejuvenated.
I needed the beach and the Cancun beach was extraordinary.
We stayed at the Omni in a villa right off the beach. I’d post photos, but so far,the only ones I have are with me in a bathing suit and I am never posting those photos to the web! 🙂
The ones I took of the view from my room are too foggy from the humidity.
We’re planning on a return trip next year.
We ate and drank pina colodas and danced and had an all around great time. (Okay, so honestly, I was the only one who danced, but it was fun!)
My favorite part of the trip was visiting Chichen Itza. Next year we’re going to rent a car and stay a night in Chichen so we can see the light show. The Mayan culture completely blows me away.
Here we are in front of the observatory at Chichen Itza:

My friend Becky, my MIL, dh, dd and I all went. DH and I loved Chichen. It is a hot trip, but the history is worth it.
The Mayans came over in the first migration to North America across the Bering Straight. It explains why their language is so different from the other languages in the area. I’ve never really paid attention to it before. I’d love to know how those first people here were connected to the Celts or Welsh, if they are at all. When I took History of the English language, my professor said CH words were either Welsh or Celt. I can’t remember which. The hard “ch” sound was theirs, so our words like church can be found in that ancient language and traced back to a nomadic tribe that left the area near the Huns and settled in the Welsh or Celt part of Europe. The Mayan language certainly uses the hard “ch” sound. And they probably came from a nomadic tribe near the Huns. Maybe.
One day maybe I’ll research it. 🙂

The only bad part of the trip was the return home. The Denver airport closing left long, long lines at the airport. Still, the workers were nice. They took my lipgloss. Said I couldn’t have liquid in my purse. 😦 But they didn’t take the huge hurricane glass and for that I’m thankful. I figure I’ll be using it again. 🙂

When I returned home, Maxine Sullivan had left a message on Subcare that I plan on printing and posting either on my fridge or bathroom mirror. It was exactly what I needed to hear!

This is probably not the best time of year to post a message with everyone busy at Christmas but I wanted to share with you my joy. Yesterday I held my first book in my hands – a Silhouette Desire. It’s beautiful and makes me weepy and I can’t stop looking at it. And I wanted to come to this thread and encourage you all never to give up, no matter what. It took me over 20 years to sell my first book, and now I’ve sold 4 Desires and 1 single title romantic comedy to a smaller publisher. It’s been a fantastic 2006 for me.

So to all of you who have been struggling for years, and all who have just started, please don’t give up. If you want to write, then write. If you get a rejection, pick yourself up and keep on writing. You can do it. You *will* do it, if the writing is what you love. Don’t despair if you think you will never make it. I got to the point where I used to think it was going to happen for everyone but me but now I know differently. My faith in myself and my writing took a lot of hits at times, but eventually I came full circle and got back to basics to concentrate on the writing itself. That was what seemed to be the key for me. It was a long journey but I made it.

Happy holidays to all. May every one of you have your dreams come true.

Maxine Sullivan
“Australian Millionaires”,
“The Millionaire’s Seductive Revenge” Silhouette Desire Feb 07

Her words rang so true to me, I felt I had to share them.
Here’s hoping 2007 is a fabulous year for everyone!
Happy Holidays!!!!