Well, it has definitely been a while since I've written.
This February I made a goal to write an entirely new book in one month. Normally, it takes me about a year to get a first draft out of my system, so this was a big stretch for me.
I tend to write forward in a novel, and once I get stuck, return to the beginning and press forward again. I've never been good about outlining an entire novel from the start. For me, creativity occurs within a scene when something happens, or someone says something that I hadn't planned on at all. So, I just start writing, a germ of an idea and usually two or three images enough to get myself started. I keep going until I can't see a way forward. Then I return to the beginning.
Cleaning up scenes and characters in an editing fashion normally gets me past my "stuck" feeling. I'm able to move forward and see myself out of corners I've painted myself into. But this means the first draft is much more near four to five dr…
It's the last day of January and I have a few things to say:
1. I normally HATE January, but I haven't this year. It's a Christmas miracle! Or rather a "month without a holiday, but with three family birthdays, miracle!"
2. I needed the emptiness of January this year. We had several Saturdays with nothing scheduled, and the idea of having nowhere to be (read: no blasted Nutcracker rehearsals to shuttle girls to and from!) was lovely. I felt like cozying up inside and disappearing, and January let me do that.
3. It has not been frigid, and I have not needed to shovel. Last year we shoveled and shoveled and shoveled. And this year, right after Justin got his shoulder operated on, it stopped snowing. Hallelujah! I actually like shoveling once or twice. But when you shovel in the morning and you have to shovel at night again, it is much too depressing.
4. We've had fun activities to plan. This year there are a lot of adventures we're making happen because las…