First Monday: December 2015

Turns out I was right about November. I was so right, in fact, that I wrote my usual month-end reading round up post…and then forgot to post it. You didn’t miss much, though. I couldn’t remember most of what I read last month.

Progress is being made on the Game of Shadows front! A couple rounds of edits down, a couple more to go on book one, and book two is in the hands of my trusty critique partner. I’ve started drafting book three. I have to remind myself that if Broken Down didn’t kill me (which was easily the hardest book I’ve written to date), book three won’t, either. Thought it might be a close thing.

Game of Shadows has pretty much taken over my life at this point. Between content edits on book one, revisions on book two, and drafting book three, I don’t have much time for anything else. I’m pushing myself to get book three done as quickly as possible so I can work on something different for a while, but it doesn’t always work. Some chapters will just take longer to write than others, which is unfortunate. And I can’t really take one of those weekend days off, either. If I’m not drafting, I’ll be doing edits of some kind. All I have to do is hang on until the end of January, when (fingers crossed) the first draft of book three will be finished. Revisions (unless they’re major) rarely take me more than two or three weeks at a time, so juggling revisions and edits will be easier.

I have managed to carve out some time to work through Run. Only three more chapters left, and then formatting and uploading. Run will be exclusive to Amazon for at least three months, possibly longer. Then I get to move on to The Perfect Man, which will also be an Amazon exclusive. And I made my submission deadline for Broken Down! I’ve done a few other things, marketing-wise, but the bulk of that won’t happen until after the first of the year.

I had a grand plan on Saturday to go see the new movie version of Macbeth, my favorite Shakespeare play. It’s Fassbender. Doing Shakespeare. Plus the trailer looks supremely dark and gritty and I about fell over when I saw it. So to say I was disappointed when I learned it would not be opening in Seattle this past weekend was an understatement. It is, however, opening this weekend. And I will be there. With bells on. The BF and I also started watching a new show. It’s called Legends, starring Sean Bean (and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t die any time soon, because he’s the main character). It’s about an undercover operative who discovers that his life may not be his own. We’re four episodes in, and so far it’s pretty good.

Today (Sunday, since I’m writing this the day before) is Decorate The House Day. The BF is not a big Christmas fan, but he always wants me to put up the Christmas lights. So in between some Christmas shopping and cramming in edits and new words, I’ll be decorating the house.

Happy holidays, everyone, and remember: the problem with drinking to deal with your relatives means you’ve got a nasty hangover the next day.

 

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