Welcome back! New year, fresh start, and all that fun jazz.
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My Holidays are not over, yet. The Christmas Season ends on Epiphany, so my decorations are staying up through January 6th. I know some folks go back to work or have their teen aged able-bodied children help them take stuff down while they're at home, but in general, I beg of you, please leave those decorations up through January 6th, if you possibly can! We rush through things at such a great rate these days, taking time to be grateful and to count our blessings is important. As a Christian, it's a good reminder to me that Christ came for all people (from poor Shepherds to rich wise men).
I spent a good portion of the week before Christmas working on my YA novel, Dream Weaver. I'm pleased to announce (to those who hadn't read my Facebook status) that it's written! I'm in the editing process to get it ready for my critique partner and beta reader (and any other critique-ers I end up asking to have a peek at it) so that I can start getting it out. This story started out as a challenge to myself--one my Critique Partner was unaware she had issued. Tess once said to me "I think you should write YA..." she went on to describe WHY she thought I should and I thought "Naahhh. I like to read it, but every time I write it, it doesn't work."
However, one day I sitting in front of my computer and I thought "Well, why not give it a shot? See if you could do it. You don't have to tell anyone and you could use it as a way to keep ideas flowing when you're having trouble with your main projects." So, I pulled up a story idea I had started on but hadn't completely hashed out and converted it. I figured the whole thing would make a good SIDE project. Yeah, it didn't STAY a side project. LOL
I had wanted to complete it by Christmas, but I managed to get it done the day after.
So now I'm editing it, and getting ready to get back to some of my other projects, which were always main projects!
Dream Weaver will have a sequel--I don't know about any other stories after the sequel and the series is called Immortal Dreams.
Oh, by the way, the unintentional challenge is the reason Dream Weaver is dedicated to Tess St. John, my critique partner.
We'll see what happens next with it!
I'm waiting to hear from my publisher on editing and the next steps for Surreal, but I will let you know what's up when I have information I can share about it. Thank you so much for all your support on Surreal's journey. Monroe (the hero of Surreal) is also pleased & grateful by the support (which, it isn't always easy to impress him!) The ornament that represents him is still high up on my Christmas tree watching over me and my family and all the festivities until after January 6th when it'll have to be put away until next Christmas Season.
Did you have any surprises that turned into a box of awesomeness this Season?
Have A Wonderful Wednesday!