The office was buzzing with excitement today. The holidays and the start of a glorious two-week shutdown is only a day away. I am so grateful for the firm's generosity. I don't talk about my full-time job much but it needs to be said: I couldn't have landed a better opportunity. It's been five months into my new job and all I can say is "wow."
I'm not one to just drink the company cool-aide so I can fit in--having always felt like a misfit, it would have been an easy thing to do--but quite honestly the high level of work, the fast-pace, the client relationships, and the company perks make this gig just right.
It's been a blessing to be able to take breaks in my writing and getting lost in another form of work that I can be equally passionate about. There are times where I want to keep writing and never stop, and tearful wishes that I had more energy after work to write, but most days it's a nice reprieve. (And a consistent paycheck does well to ease the artist conscience...)
Most of my writing is done on weekends. Uninterrupted 4-5 hours (sometimes 6-8!) lost in my fictional world. With the first draft of Snow Dolls complete, I've been waiting for a long vacation so I can dive into the editing with little to no interruption. Even with the holidays (*rolls eyes* I say that like I'm sad the holidays are intruding on my two-week vacation), I'm going to have the uninterrupted hours I need to focus.
In preparation, I'm rereading a few of my favorites books on writing:
- Thanks, But This Isn't For Us: The Compassionate Guide to Understanding What's Wrong with Your Writing
- Words That Fail Me: What Everyone Who Writes Should Know about Writing
- Self Editing for Fiction Writers
- How Not to Write a Novel
|Happy aka Golden-eyed Surprise|
In Other Awesome News...
Happy is the sweetest kitten, and we are definitely in love. We found out recently that the poor guy had Giardia, a pretty nasty parasite in his intestines which caused him to have terrible diarrhea--and likely the cause of his noxious, head-rearing farts. He's being treated for it now and we can't wait for it to be out of his system completely.
And speaking of my firm's generosity: they are multiplying all donations made this month by up to four times (4x). So I made a donation of $200 to Nine Lives Foundation (Happy's previous home), and am excited to see the possibility of them getting up to $800 in addition to my donation! Thanks for everyone who purchased a book a in November and December and made the donation to NLF even meatier. December's not over yet, so you can still help us add to the donation!
Hope you're having a wonderful holiday season! :)
|Fitz wants to know if you got him something for Christmas. Preferably not another kitten. Because he's not convinced the last one was a kitten at all. He thinks we took home a small black squirrel which we refuse to allow him to eat.|
|Oh you didn't get him anything? He's going to check anyway.|