Research / Writing

Snow Frolics

Another busy week, full of Christmasy goodness, visitors, and snow!  Jill stayed with us Sunday through Tuesday, so I was able to finish most of my Christmas shopping on Monday.  Dan’s visiting tonight and tomorrow, Russ might stop by tomorrow, and Vannah and Vicki are planning to come on Monday!  Son and I have been cooking and cleaning like crazy.  Today we made pumpkin bread to give away as gifts, and we dropped off a loaf for our librarians (who deserve it for all the audiobooks they order for me, LOL).  

And the snow!  Sunday night we got ice, but then Tuesday afternoon it snowed two or three inches (with the ice hidden below).  It was really beautiful… in a frigid sort of way.  Son and I spent Wednesday sledding, shoveling snow, and building forts.  Tonight and tomorrow, the forecast is calling for six to twelve inches of snow—with sleet mixed in.  Yowsers.  Hopefully we’re not snowed in forever.  I know I keep talking about the weather, and I’m probably boring everyone to tears; but I just can’t get over it.  My southern blood is awed and amazed.  Since Thanksgiving weekend, there’s only been one day without snow or ice on the ground.  One day! What are January and February going to be like??  Perhaps I should learn to ski cross-country. 

As for the fanfiction-that-will-not-die, I finally reached the 2500-word mark.  But it’s a rough first draft, so I need to go back and do a lot of polishing.  It’s starting to show potential though, in a few places.  Hopefully I can pound it into shape, perferably a fluffy-yet-sarcastic shape.  Marcy, when is this due??  I never received a 30-day warning from the higher-ups.

Pat sent me some chapters to edit/critique.  I’m looking forward to diving into those!

Also this week, I read parts of the two fantasy encyclopedias I checked out.  I wanted to research for the new novel I hope to start in January or February (unless I decide to write the sequel to EOL instead… jury’s still out).  I’d had an idea of the type of fantastical creature the protagonist would be, but I hadn’t yet decided on how the book should end.  Then while researching, I came across a legend I hadn’t heard before, involving a creature similar to the one I’d planned on using.  I love the legend; and if I use this new creature, I know how I’d end the book.  Now I’m seeing the whole story in new ways, with three-dimensional characters and surprising plot.  I still have to do more research; but I’m happy with the progress, and excited about the story!

Well, I need to go prepare for more snow.  I probably should’ve gathered more nuts and berries before winter.  Live and learn… and then eat cereal.  Anyone else have news to share??  I’d love to hear it!  Have a great weekend, everyone!


4 thoughts on “Snow Frolics

  1. Well, let’s see here,

    I sent off my chapters to you. Hurray!

    I wrote another poem for my wife (sorry, but I’m such a bad poet that I only write them for her and she’s the only one who gets to read them).

    I decided that the short story I’ve been trying to write will work better as a novel.

    AND, the big one, I actually bought myself a flash drive! My intern spent about 15 minutes trying to show me how to work it. Eventually he pounded it through that thick skull of mine.

    See you on Christmas!

  2. Congrats on your week’s accomplishments! 😀 It’s all great news!

    LOL, I bet your wife enjoys the poems, though. 🙂 I’m hoping this weekend Jeff will have some time to look at your chapters… or at least ONE!

    Wow, a new novel?! Are you going to keep working on it til it’s done??

    How’s the flash drive? Do you like it?? Did Jill give you that CD last night?

    See you Thursday!

  3. Yeah, Jill gave me the cd. Thanks.

    That novel’s low on the list. Now I’m starting my vampire novel – you know, the one we’ve talked about a lot.

    lol – when I saw the “I’m hoping this weekend Jeff” up there, I thought you were going to say that you were hoping Jeff would write you a poem. I’m trying to picture how that would go.

    I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE the flash drive! How come you never told me about this before? I got two of them – one for work the other for writing. I’ve put 6 years of ministry on 1 – sermons, bible studies, articles and such and it didn’t even fill 10% of it. wow!

    See you Thursday. Looks like that’ll be the only good day weather wise, thankfully. Hope the roads out to your place are okay. You just had to live out in the country, didn’t you?

  4. Have you had a chance to listen to the CD yet? 🙂

    OH, I didn’t know you were starting the vampire novel! WOOHOO!

    LOL, Jeff’s never written me a poem. He did write me letters when we were dating… but not very poetic ones! 🙂

    Wow, you must REALLY love the flash drive if you used all those O’s! I don’t know why I didn’t tell you sooner… I guess I’ve had one for awhile and just took it for granted. I’m glad it’s working out well for you!

    Of course we had to live in the country—can you imagine Jeff and I being happy anywhere else?? Although I have to admit, it would be nice to live next to tennis courts. 🙂 But I’ll solve that problem when I become a famous author and can afford tennis courts in my yard, LOL!

    It just keeps snowing today. You might want to call Thursday to double-check our road status and decide on the best route to come. I hope everyone can make it here safely!

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