The Holiday Homestretch

Annicka/ November 30, 2017/ Blog, Editing, Holidays, Life Shenanigans, Pitch Party, Writer's Life/ 0 comments

My blog has been pretty quiet, lately. There’s a few reasons for that, but namely… I just haven’t had much to say. My twelve pot coffee maker is broken and I can’t fix it, I finished NaNoWriMo, and my co-author is busier than I am. November was stagnant for me.

But NaNoWriMo has come and gone. Goodbye, November! And while we have a few more weeks of fall left, no one really cares. Once December hits, it’s winter all the way! And I’m totally hopping on that bandwagon, obviously. I truly wish I lived somewhere where it snowed. Which is ironic, since I get cold really easily and I hate being cold.

As for NaNoWriMo, I rebelled, but I met my goals. I didn’t write nearly as much new stuff as I wanted to, but I did write and edit a lot, so I’m counting that and no one can tell me differently!

Honestly, the new manuscript hasn’t been touched since the 10th, which is making me super antsy and restless, but at the same time… I understand why Fabian hasn’t written his chapter yet. His family is insane and holidays make everything hellishly chaotic. I don’t even know if he’ll get it done before the new year at this point– holiday fever is entering the homestretch and it’ll be feverish, soon.

I await the War on Christmas with a special kind of glee.

Pit Mad is coming up in a few days. December 7th, everyone! I dunno, I haven’t been prepping for it and I’m kind of okay with that. I’ve got some pitches ready, but I’m not going to put in all the anxiety I did in the last few. That got me nothing but, well, anxiety. I’m fine without it.

Besides, I’m editing the manuscript for THE UNBROKEN yet again and I’m not sure I really want to pitch for it yet. It’s pretty damn clean, not gonna lie, there’s not much I can do to fix that up without the help of an editor (which I can’t afford.) Honestly it’s less like editing and more like another read-through lol.

This is such a fun time of year for me, though. Even when I worked at Walmart last year, I loved it. They had me decorating Christmas trees to display, which was so much fun. Putting them up on top of the shelves that run through the middle of the lanes all by myself without a ladder was… not as fun.

I usually feel a little like an outsider looking in when the holidays roll around. We didn’t have a Christmas tree for most of my life and our Christmas celebrations were pretty much non-existent unless we were invited somewhere. But there was an odd kind of peace on Christmas eve and Christmas day and that feeling has never really left. For some reason I associate Christmas with Filipino fried rice and curry eggs, coffee, and curling up with a book.

Last year was pretty fun, actually. I spent Christmas here with my best friend Ian’s family (since I live here) and they were very inclusive. I had the money to buy them presents, too, so it was a lot of fun watching them get all excited over an RC monster truck and drawing supplies and such. This year, I’m broke as fuck and the kids will be in Florida with their dad, so it’s a quiet Christmas.

I think I’ll make some fried rice and eggs, coffee, and curl up with… my laptop, playing Star Wars: The Old Republic lol.

Guys, the story for SWTOR is actually so good. For those of you who don’t play video games, or who don’t know this one specifically, there’s different story lines for each class you can play as and the writing for it is occasionally amazing.

And, of course, I’ll be editing and posting up Silk & Swords chapters all the way up until Christmas! I really dropped the ball with its release and I haven’t been promoting it on Twitter like I should have, but I’m not going to stress myself out over it. I’m a little blogger, and a little tweeter, so not many are gonna see it. This is supposed to be fun for me and anyone else who happens along.

What about everyone else? What are your holiday plans so far? Got anything interesting in the works? How did NaNoWriMo turn out for you? Feel free to drop me a comment and let me know!

Happy holidays everyone!

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