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Just a reminder that there will be no WUW on December 24th & 31st. We’ll be taking a break for the holidays and can catch up in the New Year!
What I’m Reading:
I have about fifty pages left in Winterspell, and unfortunately it hasn’t improved for me. Just to clarify my comments from last week, the reason I’m not enjoying it isn’t because it’s dark. I like dark stories. My stories are dark. Without giving specifics from the book, my problem is when sexual abuse is used as a means to up the heat level, rather than being dealt with as the serious issue it is. That feels gratuitous to me and potentially confusing to younger readers, especially when the mc's responses are unhealthy. There’s a lot more I could say, but I’ll leave it at that. My reason for bringing this up again is because I didn’t want anyone to assume I was just being a prude or that my WIPs are full of sunbeams and frolicking puppies. Definitely not.
What I’m Writing:
This was a weirdly good writing week for me, despite how busy it was. Somehow I managed to get out 6800 words. It’s a Christmas miracle! I met my goal, which was to finish the scene I was on, and I’m really happy with the result. I also finished two more scenes and got caught up to where I was before I went on a rearranging binge. And I wrote part of a new scene. I’m pretty sure I’ll have to cut a bunch of what I’ve written lately, but at least the story isn’t fighting me anymore.
My writing goal for this week: I’m not going to set a goal since it’s the last week before Christmas.
What Works For Me:
Writing by the light of the Christmas tree. It provides the perfect ambience for my nighttime work sessions. Makes me tempted to leave it up year round. Kidding.
What Else is New:
■Braving crowded stores to do Christmas shopping, which made me all bah humbuggish.
■Braving crowded stores to do winter boot shopping…then ordering a pair online at the mall. And the point of going there was…?
■Finally getting around to my Christmas baking: shortbread, white chocolate cranberry cookies, white chocolate topped gingerbread cookies, and cracker candy. Let the face stuffing commence!
■Listening to the Interstellar soundtrack nonstop for writing inspiration. Christmas music? What’s that?
■Scrambling to cram in as much homeschooling as possible before the holidays. 2014 stuffed my kid’s head good and full.
Happy holidays to everyone! See you in 2015!