Taking a short break

alarm-clockIt’s amazing what a little more sleep can do for you! “Slept in” this morning (6:15 am is sleeping in…), instead of my usual 5 am wakeup for writing or editing. In fact, I am taking a week off of all editing and writing (except for my day job!) in efforts to recharge and hit the ground running next week.

I’ve already finished the first read-through of Forever Thirteen, and tickled that it’s all come together so beautifully. That first read-through is always the scariest. It’s when you get to see your story as a whole for the first time, instead of the 2,000 word snippets put together every day. I made some adjustments in that first read-through to close up a few seams and tighten up the story. But for the most part, I just read.  I look forward to picking it up next week with fresh eyes, enhancing it more before I hand it off to a few beta readers.

Now that I’m on a writing vacation, I’m using my time in other ways – namely reading. I’m beta reading a lovely novel by a friend right now, and getting really engrossed in the storyline. I can’t wait for her publish date so I can share this book with all of you. Her initials are M. M., and I hope she knows I’m talking about her. 🙂

Hopefully I can fit another good book in before my week is up. Perhaps “And the Mountains Echoed”. Or maybe “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”. Need something new, with excellent prose and thoughtful situations…

What book is on your nightstand right now?

4 thoughts on “Taking a short break”

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  2. cindamackinnon – cindamackinnon.wordpress.com – Cinda Crabbe MacKinnon grew up in Latin America (plus a few years in Europe). Her experiences and love for the people, culture and natural setting of Colombia and Costa Rica resulted in her award winning novel, A Place in the World.....her background enables her to weave in details on tropical nature and geology, as well as Latin American society, into her writing. She lives in northern California with her husband and their golden retriever. Blog posts range from writing, multicultural topics, the expat experience and nature.

    Congratulations! You’ve got quite a few books under your belt (I’m jealous) and deserve a vacation. I on the other hand need a clone to catch up.
    I’m just back from the N.Coast Redwoods Writer’s Conference – which I recommend as more affordable and intimate than other nearby conferences.

    1. Crissi Langwell – Crissi Langwell writes romance, women's fiction, young adult novels, and more. Her passion is the story of the underdog, and her stories include ones of determined heroines, family issues, free spirits and more. Beyond writing, Crissi is an avid bookworm, loves to meditate, and has tiny muscles from weight lifting. You have to look closely. She pulls her inspiration from the ocean, and breathes freely among redwoods. Crissi and her husband are both Northern California authors with day jobs. Currently they are kicking their kids out the nest (2 down, 1 to go!), and can't help spoiling their beautiful, bratty Maine Coon cat.

      I may have to do that one when it comes around again. I’m itching to go on a local retreat, and just haven’t had the time (or the funds!). But I bet it does wonders for inspiration!

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