Okay, it’s December and the holiday craziness begins for so many of us! Around our house, we replaced 1:1 gift giving with decorating the house, going out to events, and a big party for family and/or friends. I am so glad to skip the December shopping crowd but no, I am NOT smug about it. I realize that if we had human children instead of dogs I think we’d have to do the shopping thing, too.
As for book writing, both TWT:Blue/Black and TWT: Step are all framed out and I’m in the process of fleshing out Blue/Black. After that’s done I’ll stick it under the bed while I write Step. That way I can get some distance from Blue/Black and be able to edit out any clunky or cheesy parts that seemed great while writing at eleven o’clock at night but are actually very dumb-sounding by the light of day. I can never say it enough – if you write, go out and get really savvy, constructive feedback from good professional writers and editors, follow it, and don’t take it personally. People really do want you to succeed and that’s why they take the time to give you their critique. So the path is: write it, get away from it for a few months, and then come back to it with a fresh reader’s eye to polish it up.
Have a wonderful and safe Holiday Season everyone! That goes for every midwinter celebration around the world; whatever you decide to celebrate.