Family Wedding, Social Anxiety and ramblings

So I came back last week from a wedding in Georgia (the US state, not the country). It was a family wedding and the first time in ten years that all of my siblings have been together – there are 12 of us.

My oldest – is there a nice way to say that? – how about the sister with the most life experience – got married. It was a beautiful wedding – she’s very talented – and made her own gorgeous, unique dress – and it had some wonderful nods to the geeks in the family (most of us) with the music from The Hobbit and a dance to a song from Howl’s Moving Castle. During the dance with my dad, both my sister and dad were singing to each other, a lot of people teared up.

Of course, being a family affair there was plenty of drama. Why is it when we get back together we all seem to act like children again? Well except for the drinking. Is this the case for all siblings?

I didn’t want to say then, because it was my sister’s special time, but I had a breakthrough. For those of you who have been following my blog and probably those who’ve read ‘A Blush of Magic,’ I struggle with social anxiety. I don’t think I’ve completely overcome it yet, but I did something big:

I got on the microphone and spoke in front of a few hundred people – many I didn’t know – completely unrehearsed. Had only had one one drink. My palms didn’t even sweat. Have I turned a corner? I really hope so.

I know I haven’t posted much recently, but life has been really busy. I hope to start the rounds of agent queries with a new book soon – needs a tiny bit of polishing. It’s basically a paranormal romance and has garnered good reviews from beta readers.

Then I’ll be starting on another book.

I’ll try and update more often, but in the meantime:

Happy Reading
Rose Connelly

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