Golf this morning - and I have to say, I am quite proud of my performance. I haven't played since August - I'm having some shoulder trouble - and I birdied the first hole, had a couple of pars, won 2 skins, and we ended up in positive point territory, though we lost the day's game. Yes, I gamble on the course. It's just a dollar here and there, but it makes it more interesting. When I was a competitive golfer, the edge I got from needing to win was all the impetus I needed. Now, much older and humbler, I play for skins, and love it.

Playing down here with my dad and his friends is always fun, too. We had a good time, and if it doesn't rain, we'll be back at it tomorrow morning. 

Spent a couple of hours working on my year-end wrap up, setting up my new day runner, then we went to see THE WOLF OF WALL STREET. Fabulous, vulgar, funny, sobering movie.

It strikes me there is a certain expansiveness in the movies I've been seeing this week. Between WOLF and AMERICAN HUSTLE, the performances were absolutely stunning - actors unleashed, allowed to mine their parts and work with such freedom, completely unrestrained. We need to praise the screenwriters for this as well, for creating characters that force actors to take chances. It's very inspiring to me. I feel a few chance-taking short stories coming on...

Sweet dreams!

J.T. Ellison

J.T. Ellison is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of fifteen critically acclaimed thrillers and is the co-author of the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. With over a million books in print, Ellison’s work has been published in twenty-five countries and thirteen languages. She is also the co-host of A Word on Words, Nashville's premier literary TV series, which airs on Nashville Public Television. She lives with her husband and twin kittens in Nashville. Visit JTEllison.com, and follow her on Twitter @Thrillerchick or at Facebook.com/JTEllison14.