I thought I was going to be free to do a ton of other things, like write on Hawk Fae, 34,000, Jaguar Pride, 29,000, and I need to proof In the Dead of the Night...
But as soon as I turned in Hero of a Highland Wolf edits, Jaguar Hunt copyedits (final proofing) came in.
That's why I don't like setting goals. What's the use when they change all the time?
Not that I'm unhappy or anything. I'm excited about getting back to Jaguar Hunt and seeing it one final time, because this time will be the last and it will be ready to publish. That's a great feeling to have. :) I just didn't expect to see it back that soon. Next will be A Highland Wolf Christmas.
And I do enjoy rereading a story when it's nearly ready to publish one last time, because when I'm working on a current WIP or two, I can see how I CAN do this again with the new books. Sometimes when I'm in the middle of writing a book, I wonder how I will ever figure out the book in the interim. But that's how I write. Total pantser here. Seat of the pants writer. So it's always that way for me.
It's fun too. Because as my characters discover things about themselves and each other, so do I. I'll think something isn't that relevant in the story early on, and it turns out to be very important. Which is why edits sometimes drive me crazy because everything is interconnected and if you take out one thread, it can ruin the whole weave.
I was warned I would have back to back deadlines this year. I just thought it meant later in the year--in 2014. LOL Not all around New Year's.
Still, what a way to bring in the New Year with a bang, eh??? It means that I'll be done with this really early in the New Year.
So you all know what I'll be doing for New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, right? Proofing Jaguar Hunt. It's not so bad, really. I get to romp in the jungle with David, and that means hot days and hot nights...and as soon as I get my roaring sinus headache under control--I still feel like all my teeth need to be pulled because they're all aching--I'm diving right in.
Yep, I'm ready!
What are you doing for dinner tonight for New Year's Eve? Anything special? I fixed my hot sausage spaghetti, which can be anything, regular sausage, hamburger, or no meat, whatever.
Then I add a large can of tomato sauce, fresh mini tomatoes (or regular sized ), mushrooms, bell peppers (I actually get the frozen variety called fajita mix that has all three kinds of bell peppers--red, green and yellow and onions), fresh green spinach, garlic buds, oregano, sometimes a bay leaf or two and cook until it's all bubbly and hot and ready to spoon over noodles.
If the sausage has to be cooked first, I boil it until it's thoroughly cooked, and then drain it off. The kind I get is already cooked. If I have hamburger instead, I cook it first, then drain off any grease, and then add the tomato sauces and all the rest of the ingredients.
Then I top it with Monterrey Jack shredded cheese. Yum.
I think I'll invite David over to have some with me. But just David. I'm not good with having competition. :) There would probably be a cat fight. And that's NOT a good way to start off the New Year!
Happy New Year's Eve!!!
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