So Long, Santa Baby

Thursday, December 28, 2023

On December 22nd of 2008, my guest post, Santa Baby for Writers, appeared here at The Muffin. FIFTEEN YEARS AGO, y’all! And gosh, it’s been quite a journey since. 

Fifteen years ago, my byline was Cathy Hall. Within a year, I’d add the middle initial to differentiate me from all the freelance writers (and general population) of Cathy Halls out there. And now, as an author of cozy mysteries, I use Catherine C. Hall. (Honestly, it still throws me to see an email with a Dear Catherine.) 

Fifteen years ago, I had one blog, all about me and my freelance writing, at Cathy C.’s Hall of Fame—and it’s there now, on Blogger, though it only exists as a landing page, sending people to my current spot on the web. But that wasn't until 2013. Somewhere in between, I started a Wordpress blog where I promoted my children’s writing. After five years, I streamlined, exporting ALL my posts from both blogs to a Wordpress website. Yep, Cathy C. Hall Writes, where you’ll find an awful lot of fun writing stuff. Like Tooting My Own Horn Tuesdays, What Not To Do Wednesdays, Finding Something Fridays…Ah, good times. 

Fifteen years ago, I had a separate website at Cathy C. Hall, with my bio and a list of writing credits. And it still really annoys me that someone bought my domain within a few days of letting it drop while I sorted out the move to the new website. And then, this year, when exploring domains for the brand-spanking new website (where Cathy C. Hall was once again available!), I didn’t jump on it immediately and some BOT bought it. 

But if you’ve been reading The Muffin all these years, you know these stories. You’ve read about my techno difficulties, my umpteen rejections, and so many “What Not To Do’s” (where I learned lessons the hard way) that I could fill a book. But you also know the value of persevering, of picking oneself up and try, try, trying again. I’ve shared plenty of my Tooting My Own Horn stories, as well as other writers’ success stories. Which brings us back to Santa Baby. 

Fifteen years ago, I asked for all that a writer could possibly want…contracts, a book of my very own, an agent, and an angel editor, plus a stocking full of web promotion. Oh! And a ring—on the phone—from Oprah. 

I did get contracts through the years; I even snagged an agent. But when I wrote an adult cozy mystery, I said so long to Santa Baby. I found my own editor, and I didn’t ask Santa (or an agent) to believe in me; I believed in myself enough to publish a book of my very own. Thanks to WOW!, I found my sparkly web promotion. Well, you’ve heard all those stories, too. 

And now it’s time for me to finish the next story, the one where I write, write, write and get another book done in The Ladies of SPI series. So I’ll be stepping back from The Muffin—though if Oprah gives me a ring, you’ll be the first to know!—but truly, there’s nothing more I can tell you that you don’t already know, friends. 

Just keep writing—and thanks for reading my writing for the last fifteen years. ♥

~Cathy Hall


Nicole Pyles said...

Aw Cathy, I have loved seeing your posts! And I subscribed to your new site. I love hearing about your journey and was so honored to do a blog tour for you. You'll definitely be missed in the WOW blogosphere. :)

Anonymous said...

I've loved the Muffin. Please post from time to time!

Angela Mackintosh said...

Cath! I already told you this, but you will definitely be missed here, and you are welcome to post anytime. You are family. :) I'm so glad you're focusing on your next book. THANK YOU for your amazing, funny, and informative posts over the years. And wow, your Santa Baby post is great, and it's wonderful to see how you've shifted gears and grown as a writer. I admire you so much for publishing your way. Yes, write, write, write! The world needs more from the Ladies of SPI. Happy New Year! <3<3<3 Ang

Cathy C. Hall said...

Oh, Nicole, thank you! And I love reading about your journey! I've loved the Muffin and y'all will definitely hear from me if I have anything worth saying!

And Ang. I already told you, too, how I feel about WOW! and your wonderful support, leading this motley crew. I'm gonna leave now before I start blubbering. ♥

Sue Bradford Edwards said...

No! What will we do without Cathy C. Hall?
In all seriousness, you will be missed.

Marcia Peterson said...

Cathy, as I already said to you via email, I'm really sorry to see you go, though I am happy that your writing life is moving in an exciting direction. You are welcome to post here anytime, just let me know! Hope you have a wonderful new year. :)

Renee Roberson said...

Cathy, I have always loved your posts and admired your writing! Don't be a stranger, and I look forward to the next book in your series!

Suzanne Pitner said...

Cathy, you're an icon on WOW! It's going to be very different without you here. I'm so happy for your successes! Thanks for all the laughs and writing advice over the years. ❤️

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