I had an excellent, non-writing weekend as I fulfilled a couple of my personal holiday traditions. Friday was a night out in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, where a friend and I went to a fantastic Brazilian steakhouse and then attended the Nutcracker ballet. I've been going to see the Nutcracker ballet for several years now. I've got the music memorized and it seems like the holiday season doesn't actually start for me until I've seen this performance. My fingers are crossed that I'll be able to sneak in one more ballet performance in this season. After the ballet, we concluded the night with a horse-drawn carriage ride around the city to see some of the Christmas lights.
Meanwhile, last night was a visit to the Cincinnati Zoo for their annual Festival of Lights celebration. The Festival of Lights is a chance to see the zoo decked out in millions of Christmas lights. Despite the cold, we had a great time walking around the zoo and seeing the animals and the lights. I have included a very short clip of some of the light display as we rode the train around the lake in the center of the zoo.
Finally, one other tradition that I actually completed near the end of November was a visit to Krohn Conservatory. The flower hothouse has an amazing holiday display every year. However, my visit this year was two-fold, since I also include the Conservatory in Pray for Dawn. For a look at one of the places that appears in the upcoming book, Pray for Dawn, check out this video.
In the meantime, it's back to work today. I've got to start making plans for book 6 so I can send some thoughts off to my editor by the beginning of the new year.