Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Happy Holidays

Season's greetings and happy holidays to everyone. I've been busy working on the last couple of chapters of Beyond the Pale, doing holiday things with the family, eating all the wrong foods and keeping all the wrong hours. I hope everyone is having a great holiday season! Best wishes for the upcoming year; may it bring you joy.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Real Life and the Great Holiday MishMash

Real life has really crept in this past couple of weeks. Moonshadow came through his eye surgery fine and is doing great, acting like his old self and no longer in pain. That's a relief for everyone; anybody who has a cat knows that when the cat's not happy, nobody's happy!

Christmas decorations are going up and holiday commitments are, hopefully, winding down. I've been trying to help the kids get caught up with their correspondence school lessons and get packets ready to mail, as well as getting holiday gifts bought, wrapped and ready to mail also. Next, I have to get the Christmas cards out; if I don't get that done this week, it's probably a lost cause.

So what about the book? Well, I'm about to finish Chapter 13 of a planned 16 or possibly 17. We're heading into the end game now; everything just rockets along from here to the end with scarcely a breath for Brenna, the heroine--and not much of one for her writer, either. That said, I'm sure Brenna would much rather be facing my Christmas rush than what she's actually facing now. The slightly weird part for me and the biggest disconnect between reality and the writing is that while I'm putting up Christmas decorations and wrapping presents, Brenna's still looking at Halloween in a few days. This never bothered me with any of my epic fantasy because I made up all the holidays, but with a book that takes place in the modern day world.... Oh, well, I suppose that's just the hazards of the job. Did I mention I love the job anyway?