What free time? I’m staying busy working at Mt.Bachelor, Touchmark, and Annie’s Kitchen.
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But, I’m taking a good chunk of time off in October to finish writing book three. Still trying to figure out the conflict in the book, but it will come to me. Some of my best ideas happen as I’m writing a fluffy scene. Then the lightbulb turns on. Ta-Da!
And a little visit home to South Carolina might inspire me. We head there for a quick trip in October. Sweet tea and a grilled pimiento cheese sammy will help along the way.
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Thanks to everyone who keeps asking me for an update! It was put on hold the last few months because I added a new job to my life. Long story, but it’s a very fulfilling job. Thumbs up for that, right?
I did work on the book yesterday, and it sure felt good! Of course, I changed my main character name AGAIN. It’s currently Julianne. I’m sure it will change again. However, I did land on a great bakery name. Sugar Bean. It reflects the coffee and desserts. If any of you are Clinique fans, it’s the name of a wonderful shade of lipstick.
Today, I’ll work on the book and see how it goes. I’m re-reading the draft, so I know where I left off. It takes time to read 26,000 words. Keep your fingers crossed! I want to finish writing the draft by the end of October/early November. Then, I’ll work on editing this winter while working at Mt. Bachelor. Woo HOO for snow!
I’ve written over 18,000 words! Feeling good about it except for a few items:
– Main character name. I loved the name Kari from my previous books. Now, I’m struggling with a new name for this book. Thank goodness for the replace function in Microsoft Word. Hopefully, I land on a name soon.
– Bakery name. Of course there’s a bakery in the book. It’s an integral part of the story, and much of the book so far is set there. Currently, it’s named Honey Bee Bakery. Too cutesie. So, I’m thinking about changing it to Sweet Magnolia. What do you think?
I took the weekend plus a few days off this weekend. Tomorrow, I’ll spend the day writing.
Thanks for your kind support!
I have this odd routine for writing. Get ready to laugh or scratch your head in amusement.
– Make a cup of tea
– Make a huge bowl of popcorn. Immediately consume.
– Chase the cat around the house for cardio (mine or his?)
– Work on menu planning and write a grocery list
– Open tabs on Chrome: email, Goodreads, Facebook, Google, Twitter
– Bug my husband. Ask him lots of questions about what he’s doing, but don’t really listen.
– Swiffer the hardwood floors
– Start a load of laundry
– Hike Pilot Butte a few times to really get my creative juices flowing
Next, I either set up the laptop on the butcher block in the kitchen to create a standing desk, or I plop down on the couch with a blanket on my lap (so the computer doesn’t cook my legs). Then, I click a thousand folders to locate my Word file.
Then, it’s usually time for a sweet snack or lunch.
I’ve just been busy! Yes, I’m still writing. Currently on chapter three, and it’s a little slow going. I usually gain momentum when I hit 10,000 words. Since I didn’t do an outline or storyboard, I spend much of my time daydreaming. Perfect way to spend my time commuting to Mt. Bachelor for work.
Speaking of work … I’ll finish up at Bachelor at the end of May. Catering has already ramped up, and my lovely tendonitis and carpel tunnel is still there. Yay.
I WILL finish writing the third book by the end of summer. That’s my goal. I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going. Thanks for hanging in there with me! I appreciate your support.
I’ve been working many hours, but not on writing. I feel like I need a week off to write, so I can make some headway. Since no time off is coming up until summer, I better write whenever I have a few moments.
My latest project is a book about a woman in the midst of a divorce. She owns a bakery, has a very opinionated mother, jumps into the dating pool, and more. I haven’t done an outline yet. Hoping to just run with it and write whatever feels right.
Because I like goals, I’m hoping to have it published by summer. It’s going to be a stretch, but I like a challenge. I’ll keep you posted on my progress!
Finally! I had time to schedule a book signing and presentation for After We Met. My favorite coffee shop, Bluebird Coffee Company agreed to host it again. They are providing appetizers for guests. Wine, beer, and coffee is available for purchase.
Here are the details:
Bluebird Coffee Company
On Bond, just north of Franklin, next to Noi Restaurant
Wednesday, January 28
I’ll do a short reading and sign books. Hope to see you there! The event is posted on my Facebook page.
Thanks for your kind support!
After We Met, the sequel to Adventures in Dating, is now published and available for purchase. What a whirlwind process this time around! I can now add headers, footers, and page numbers to just about anything. My specialty? Numbering only certain pages, but not others. It’s an art.
My heartfelt thanks to Emil Teague, JoAnn Rishforth, Marlys Thoreen, Annie Johnston, Wendy Burns-Ardolino, Katie Bender, Richard and Karen Brodsky. Each person gave amazing feedback, support, and kindness. I appreciate their time and friendship.
Now, I’m ready for a new project. But first, I need to plan a book signing. Stay posted for details!
I’m in the home stretch, editing away, and BAM! I change the title of the sequel. All along, I thought it would be Adventures in Marriage. I liked the continuity of the two titles, and I was ready to go. But, I heard back from several beta readers, and they mentioned the title not exactly fitting in with the story.
So, I grabbed my Martha Stewart Weddings magazine. Yes, I keep one handy. Why? My amazing sister-in-law is featured in it! She did silhouettes at Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s wedding a few years ago. And, I paged through, saying random sentences out loud to Emil. We made a note of a few, and then settled on After We Met. We liked the simplicity of it.
Next, I sent the title change to the graphic designer and asked for a new proof with the cover. Looks great!
One of my final tasks is to write the back cover text. It’s the job I dislike the most! How do I sum up the book without giving it away? How do I entice people to buy it with just a few paragraphs? I’m on my third draft, and Emil gives me the thumbs down on each one. I will persevere and finish it this week.
Thanks to everyone for their support and gentle nudges. It certainly makes this process more fun!
Wahooey! An initial draft of the sequel to Adventures in Dating is complete. So, what next? I’m editing this week and will send it to my beta readers by Monday. I’ve contacted the amazing Chris at Thistlefish Design for cover concepts. What else is on the list? Writing the back cover content and possibly a new author picture.
I appreciate all your continued support and love! A third book is on the back burner, but it’s not connected to the first two books. My goal is to publish by the holidays. Did you notice I didn’t say which holiday? I would love to publish it by Thanksgiving, so we’ll see how it goes. I’ll keep you posted!