I just thought I'd pop in for a quick visit, since I haven't posted on here in a while. As some of you may already know, January has been a really tough month for my family. Not only did I lose a friend back home, but Granddad died. There have also been four other deaths in the family since then, and although we weren't close to them, it is always hard to hear about such sad days. We are trying to stay positive, but of course we have our good days and our bad days.
In positive news, we had our first weekend off since the end of November, which was lovely. We didn't have anywhere to go or anyone we had to see. It was quite an extraordinary feeling for us!
I've been writing a lot more again. I'm more than halfway through my second draft of AHR. It's taking a while, mainly because I'm using my first draft as detailed notes rather than a finished scene. I'm rewriting a large majority of the last half of the book, which takes time. Besides, I refuse to rush anymore. A first draft should be written quickly (so you can get all of your ideas down right away), but at some point I have to let my inner editor out (before she kills me). Even still, I'm hoping to be done and ready to query by spring. We shall see!
Along the same lines as above, I've been writing at Starbucks a lot more. I never wanted to try the popular coffee shop because 1). back home we have Tim Hortons, and it feels like a betrayal to go to the overpriced American chain, and 2). because it was always expected of English majors and writers to be the indie types who hang out at coffee shops. Yes, yes, I know, not good reasons, but I just had no interest before. In university I drank smoothies, not coffee. In fact, I still drink smoothies, not coffee. But I decided to try it a few months ago to get out of a rut I was in, and to my shock, it worked! The delicious smells, the comfy chairs... I can put my headphones on and disappear into my book within seconds. My husband, wonderful, wonderful man that he is, has started encouraging me to go more than once a week, and he's taken to joining me! I write and he sits there and does work for Scouts, or his job, or he just plays games on his laptop or PS Vita. We stay for just over an hour, and I get tons of work done. It almost feels like a nice little date night out, though it didn't cost us anything (my mother-in-law gave me a handful of Starbucks cards she's received over the years as a teacher, but hasn't used!).
My parents finally booked their tickets to come and visit in February. They will be here in less than three weeks now, and I am so excited. I need some parent time! With our busy month in December, and our less-than-stellar beginning to January, both my hubby and I need some fun. We can't wait to see them =)
Well, that's about it for now. I will try and post more often, but my focus is on my family and my writing right now. I hope you guys have had a better start to your month and year!