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!