First: December. I finished the first draft of Hunter’s Redoubt on the 24th of December – in time to panic about Christmas tree & presents & Christmas eve dinner. It’s 303k words long, so… the longest first book in any series I’ve written T_T. It has gone off to the editor. Hopefully, it will go off to artist, too.
I did not finish Shards of Glass, but I’m working on that now, in the lull between submitting a draft and getting editorial feedback.
My hope was to work on both books at the same time – as I do for most of a book’s life. But usually when I hit the end of a book, I put the other on pause. I eventually had to do that with this one, because the end of a book eats all of my creative brain, and it took me four hours to turn that brain around and work on anything else >.<.
On Christmas day, our fridge died. Just before Christmas, our dryer died. Both are older, and both require expensive repairs. So: Boxing day sales, which meant the 26th was not a relaxing day. Our dryer arrives tomorrow. Our fridge arrives the day after. In the meantime, we’ve been using a large picnic cooler on the back porch – but I really miss having an actual fridge.
And, to add to that: we’ve had repairs done on the dishwasher and the washing machine, but those were within reason; we’ve had a leak from the upstairs bathroom repaired – and the hard part for that one was finding what was leaking. But: bathroom not leaking anymore.
So I’ve been a bit absent as things are breaking down, and I really, really hope that 2023 does not have any more appliance deaths.
But: we are all healthy at the moment; we had our usual Christmas day with family & found family; we had a lovely, quiet New Year’s Eve with a few friends.
I hope you all had holidays with less things breaking down :).