Thank you all!

We had a good Christmas. And, from looking around, the publishing companies had a good Christmas, too. I need to build another bookshelf.

Thank you all for your kind wishes and generosity toward our family. We are truly blessed to have such good family and friends.

And now we’re on final approach toward 2014. It’s been a good year, but there is always room for improvement–self-improvement especially. There will be much self-evaluation over the next week. You probably won’t be surprised if some of it makes it into a post or two.

We saw The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug yesterday. It was better than the first movie, but still overdone. It wouldn’t hurt my feelings in the slightest if they didn’t wind up each movie with a half-hour, physics-defying action sequence. There is no rule anywhere that says every movie has to be nearly three hours long, you know. Let Bilbo go talk to the dragon, sneak back out again, and then send Smaug off to lay waste to everything. You can skip all the running and screaming bits in between. Honest.

On the other hand, I now have a much greater appreciation for dragon hunters. Just how do you go about killing something that big? Smaug was truly magnificent. And I didn’t mind the romantic side-story so much. And we can all envy Legolas; not only does he live forever, but he actually gets younger looking as time goes on. 😉  (One of the disadvantages of using young actors is that they can age noticeably in a few years’ time, which is a bummer if you’re filing a prequel.)

Anyway, life is good, but busy. Posting may be light for awhile.