Hey y’all! I thought I’d touch base again, and talk more about my manuscript. It’s really coming along! I started working on it daily and diligently just before the start of the new year, making it a strong habit to write daily, even if I’m only writing into a random journal. My husband helps with the editing process on the more serious pieces. I write, or lately, rewrite, give it to my husband for an opinion, and depending on his opinion of the piece, I reread it for revisions. It’s a process, but we’re a great team. My husband and I.
I’ve been pushing myself so much, I have a few pieces in limbo. For example, I’m rereading to rewrite one, and my husband has three different ones in his email inbox waiting for him. They either need a directional opinion, or a final proofread for grammatical mistakes. A couple of them are pieces I’ll be submitting to Chicken Soup for the Soul! The others, are my book.
I just finished with “Not Quite Nestle”, a story about my mother’s Christmas cookie disaster, and what exactly happened.
I spent some time revising a story I titled “What’s That Smell?”, about the birth of my daughter and a visitor I never expected.
Another story I’ve been working on, I titled “A Little R to R (Rest to Recuperate)”, a story I wrote about finding time for myself. With all the stress in life, everyone needs a moment to themselves, to take a deep breath, to shake your shoulders, to meditate, or whatever you have to do to gain a better grip. Finding time for myself came one step at a time.
I wrote a funnier story about Christmas awhile back, and decided it needed revising. “Merlyn’s Christmas Cat’astrophe” is about our oldest cat and her first Christmas. Kittens will be kittens.
That isn’t all. There are more, but these are the more recent pieces. I’ve spent all this time working on them, since just before the turn of the new year. I’m up before the sun every morning because I teach English classes in a virtual classroom in China. When I don’t have a class scheduled, I use that time to write and revise because the house is super quiet, peaceful, and still. Time flies when you’re having fun. I can’t wait to see it finished in April when I submit it for publication!