Snow and Dedications

You’ll notice a link to a brand new blog page up towards the top of the screen. It will lead you to a page where you can find my (longish) short story, Snow. I wrote it as part of the Winter Romance challenge on Inkpop a year or two ago (it’s really sad that I can’t even remember).

After I finished it, it got tossed onto my pile of One-Day-I’ll-Fix-You-Up projects. I have a lot of those. But last year around this time, I got a comment by a girl, Kayla, from Inkpop who’d read Snow and wanted to know when I was going to get off my lazy butt and fix it up (my words, not hers). (Is it just me or I’m using a lot of parentheses?)

I finished typing the story up last night in lieu of my last thirty minutes of World Lit study. Sometimes you have to make the hard choices, y’know. Honestly, I saw how long ago Kayla wrote that comment, and I felt so guilty that I grabbed the scribbled on copy of Snow and started typing.

As I was thinking about who to dedicate Snow to – because I dedicate everything to somebody – my mind wandered a bit to my dedication for my baby, Summer Rush. Don’t think I’m a weirdo, but I think about it a lot. A lot of people have put a lot of effort into it, and I want to acknowledge all of them. It’s like writing a thank you speech. You get to feel like a movie star.

Who’s put some love into your writing? If you had to write a dedication right now, who would you dedicate your project to?

I’m Taking a Break

I meant to have the third draft of Summer Rush completed by the end of this month, but you know what? That’s so not going to happen. I have ten days left and twenty-five chapters to go. Eeek. I’m not exactly sure how I fell so far behind.

However it happened, I decided to take advantage of this time after reading this post from Let the Words Flow.

So I’m taking a break for a week just to see what happens. I’m not tired of my novel by any means. But there’s a short story of mine that I want to work on, and there are a couple of writing challenges that I want to do, as well.

I do plan to get this evil third draft done ASAP, though, because my family’s going to be spending a week or two at my grandparents’ house next month, and I don’t want to have to spend a lot of time there writing when I could be hanging with the fam.

This Thursday I’m going to be doing Leader Training at Saddle Up, which I’m kind of nervous about, so wish me luck!

Oh, and I finally have a date for when I’m going to visit Murray State!

Knowing When to Take a Break by Susan Dennard ~~ As some of you may know, I took a break from the internet for 1.5 weeks. No, I didn’t completely leave the internet behind, I just stopped tweeting and only answered emails of Absolute Importance (e.g. from my editor or agent! Okay…and my mom). I needed that time off–like desperately needed it. My brain was at a breaking point from using precious time each day to answer emails, to answer blog comments, to write blogs, to ma … Read More

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