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Monday, December 8, 2008

Sheeeeee's Baaaaaack!

Hey Y'all! Got back from warm Florida a week ago and have been running and screaming like a banshee ever since.

Had a fabulous time with our families. Visited St. Augustine (one of my all-time fave places to be), savored Thanksgiving at a relaxed pace (almost forgot what the word "relax" meant), and enjoyed just taking a breath. Especially at the beach. I miss the ocean living here up north and more than two hours away. I was a spoiled Native-Floridian, never more than 30 minutes away from the fresh salty-air and beautiful white-noise of the ocean waves for most of my life. Heaven on earth is what the beach is to me. Simply delightful. But, now I'm back and returning to normalcy.

Anyhoo, needless to say, I DIDN'T make the NANO deadline. But, I will say this, although I fear the judgment of cliche', I have a beautiful beginning of an awesome manuscript with a totally fab hook. (In my humble opinion, of course.) So, I'm honestly pleased, and on my own deadline for completion of my first draft by the end of January.

I should have known that I was taking on too much by signing on to do it. But, It did force me to press in and find the next story that I was looking for. How 'bout you?

Also, I wanted to take this time to encourage you to buy books this holiday season. Some publishing houses are experiencing lay-offs and restructuring, so... BUY BOOKS! Support your fave authors, publishers, and book stores. Imagine a life in limited print. No wonderful smell of dusty pages turned by fingertips dampened by the tongue. Okay, I know it sounds dramatic, but could you imagine if publishing houses were few, and we had to rely on e-books and comp. screens to read new releases? Uggggh. No thanks! I'll save the screen for blogging and surfing. I prefer books for the reading.

XOXO CJ

3 comments:

Angela said...

Oh Florida...sounds good after the huge dump of snow we got yesterday!

Glad you had a good time. Don't worry about Nano--it sounds like even though you didn't hit the WC it was a sucess anyway, right?

Tabitha said...

Sounds like you had lots of fun! :) We've got rain right now, turning into sleet and snow later tonight. The beach sounds better. :)

I didn't finish Nano either, and I'm saying the same thing about having a great beginning to my new novel. I've also got a goal to finish it by the end of January, and I'm determined not to let holiday craziness steal away my writing time. :)

CJ Raymer said...

Hi, gals! Yeah... we had a fantastic time of it all. But, it is good to be home. I do love the snow and the change of seasons that I never had in Florida. I don't know, it kinda lends a rhythm to life versus the same thing every day of the year.

Angela - Thanks. I'm not worried (anymore). I was a little disappointed in myself, but honestly, life just got beyond my control. I do feel like I've had a small success. Better than none, right?

Tabitha - I'm glad you have a great beginning to your WIP. I feel the same... don't want the craziness of the holidays to drain me of my creative flow. Hopefully, it will spur me on.

XOXO CJ

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