Monday, February 29, 2016

and it's the year of the monkey!

it's Rain Dragon in her monkey costume! do you see the 2016? 

 Lunar New Year is over and the Year of the Monkey has already settled in, but I am late (as usual) getting my greeting out. But I have a good excuse! After three months of 4 hours of nightly sleep, I finally finished the new novel (art, revision and all--at least I hope so!). Now it's all in the hands of the people at the publisher--who, because of my late-ness, have to work doubly hard to get the book out. 

So, to thank them (and give myself a little break from the computer and desk) I made sweet-luck candied citrus peels again! This, of course, was inspired by my yearly delivery of delicious oranges by one my favorite librarians Mary Wong.  But, of course, she sent her oranges at right time--pre-lunar new I planned ahead!

Yes, I cut and froze all those orange peels! So, when I was finally able to make them, I had bags and bags waiting.

It was well worth it:


Because, this year, I truly meant it when I sent them as a thank you to the people working on my book. I am super, super proud of "When the Sea Turned to Silver" (now out in October instead of September because of the lateness of yours truly) but it really put me through the wringer...and my publisher, too!

Here's to a sweet year for all of us!