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December 1, 2014

That was a surprisingly difficult NaNo to get through.  I'm not sure why.  Maybe it is simply that I'm getting older and it's harder to keep up that kind of work.  I don't like to think it, but it might be true.

I love getting ready for NaNo.  I think I like the actual work a little less these days!

December 2, 2014

Now here is a new problem.

I can't seem to get going on anything that I need to finish off this year.  Okay, granted there is not that much to do -- but I am just not seeing it.  Two outlines (more or less -- one is actually more world building than outline) and the other is Amusing Grace, when just simply is not coming together with anything funny.


Well,  I have a month to work this out, right?

December 3, 2014

Okay, explain to me why December is looking far warmer than November had been?  Not that I'm really complaining.  I just think this is a bit too crazy.

Writing is still writing.  I can't say it's really doing any better, but I'm poking at it.  Barely getting 1k a day, which is odd for me.  But it's fine.  I'm going to have fun with it.

December 4, 2014

I think I finally have a good set of ideas for Amusing Grace.  I will not really do a fancy outline for it -- this is the kind of story where you just have to be aware of what's going on and be ready to drop the next bit of insanity in.  It should be fun.  I have a lot of different things going on and a very short time frame to deal with it.  Should keep things hopping.


Good to feel as though something is sorting itself out.

December 5, 2014

I was miserably ill over night.  So I'll I didn't get up until about 6 pm today.  I'm better, but ugh -- just not happy.  Need to get my brain functioning again.

I can't say there is much more to talk about.  It's still odd weather for December.  Oh, and I am finally going to go ahead and post this stuff rather than just write it.

December 6, 2014

You know, I think I give up on holiday stuff a little earlier each year.  I keep thinking I ought to pull out some of the decorations, get stuff fixed up -- and then I decide it's simply not worth it.  Usually it doesn't hit until after I put a few things up, though.  This year, I didn't even get that far.

At least I have all my nice teas out which is kind of festive anyway.  And the cats and bears.  That's all kind of cute!

December 7, 2014

I have been ill.  Miserable, in fact.  I think I'm coming out of it, but this is just annoying.  I sure hope this doesn't hold on for very long.  I would like to have a nice few weeks around the holidays.


December 8, 2014

Okay, getting things done.  We're coming closer to the end of the year.  I'm not sure what I'm going to have ready for January 1.

I have a couple things on sale right now:

The Bear on the High Shelf:
Promotional price: $0.99
Coupon Code: AH64X
Expires: January 8, 2015

Don't Go Home for the Holidays:
Promotional price: $1.99
Coupon Code: JA39R
Expires: January 8, 2015

There.  That should make the info easier to find later.

I am down to the last few pages of In the Shadow of Giants.  Not done, mind you, but this was a big rewrite.  Another edit and we'll see what I think.

December 9, 2014

The closer I come to being done with In the Shadow of Giants, the more I realize how much I need to do with it still.  Well, that's okay.  I don't mind having more to make it right.

I am getting the 2015 2YN class set up.  Going to put all the classes up at once and be done with it.  Let them work through at their own rate.  I'm suspect there will be more going through the entire class.

My back has been killing me today.  I'm just not happy with this.

December 10, 2014

It is still technically autumn.  Oddly, the weather is tending more towards autumn, too.  So far, we're having a warmer December than we had in November.  This is simply odd.

Back is a bit better today.  Trying to get some stuff done -- too many things going on again and it's getting near the end of the year.  I would like to get a bit more enthusiastic about writing something, but we'll just have to wait and see how that goes.  Just hope it picks up by 2015!

December 11,2014

I made one more stab at being holiday-ish today, but it's clearly not going to work. So let's just move on to the new year.  I need to figure out what I'm going to be writing when it gets here.  Not really getting a good feel for anything yet, but at least I have a couple outlines.

I need to get excited about starting something new.



December 12, 2014

So I'm thinking I might start the first book placed on this new world on January 1.  The story should be quite an adventure, with the shuttle crash, the hike out of the mountains, building the first settlement -- the first children born and the first murder.

So, yes -- finally getting some inspiration here.

Good thing.  Barely two weeks to go.

December 13, 2014

We had a bit of excitement tonight. We drove down to Crystal Cove just to see if there were any geese around and arrived to find that someone had fallen through the ice.  They got him out, but no one had even called for help until Russ got there.

So that certainly changed the feel of the night.

All is well, though.

December 14, 2014

A big problem with being in this new room is there is simply nothing to take pictures of.  I would like to do birds at the feeder, but Russ hasn't filled them up.  I'm allergic to to the bird food, besides having some bad back problems right now.  I would like to get a few pictures of them again, because I'm getting tired of teddy bear pictures.

December 15, 2014

Just about everywhere around us got snow today. We did not.  We do have the cold weather, so we might as well have gotten the snow and had something pretty besides.  Oh well.

I am slowly sliding into the new year.  I wish I was more excited about it.

December 16, 2014

I hope that In the Shadow of Giants keeps falling together.  It's looking good, I think.  Just a nip there and a tuck here, and eventually I might have something readable out of it.

I'll have to start thinking about cover art soon.  Norse runes and stars?  I have to remember to stay with something simple.  I tend to make covers too much work.

December 17, 2014

I feel as though I haven't left this house in years sometimes.  I need to get more things done around here, but it's cold in the rest of the house.  My office is good, though.  And we're heading into a little bit of warmer weather again.  Yay!  I don't know if I want some snow for Christmas or not.  Does it matter?

Work on stories.  Work on more stories.  Get more stuff done.  Ack.  The end of the year is too close!

December 18, 2014

One week until Christmas?  Ummm.

Well, we really aren't doing anything this year so it's okay.  Maybe I should be thinking more that it's only two weeks to the end of the year.  Now there's something to panic over!  AAAIIIEEEE!

I need a little more focus, I think.  This might be tight.

December 19, 2014

Working on In the Shadow of Giants continues to be interesting.  I think I have finally sorted out the worst of the problems that kept nagging me.  With any kind of luck, the rest of the book should go together pretty well.

Adding in the last little pieces on this round.  it's been a lot of fun, but I'll be glad to be done with the book.

December 20, 2014

Let's just survive to get past the holidays, shall we?  Right now I think that is about as good an idea as any.  Ugh.  Don't want to start feeling bad now.

Making it very hard to work on things, too.

Did watch Frozen tonight, though.  That was cute!

December 21, 2014

Today has been a day of mostly massive headache from hell.  Russ had this a few days ago, so I hope it passes quickly enough.  I am fighting to get things done and get ready for 2015, but if something doesn't change soon, it's going to be a bad start to the year.

I have to get some things pulled together.  I have to figure out what I'm doing.  This is just not going well.  I'm not even remotely ready for Vision even.

December 22, 2014

Just a few more days to Christmas.  Yes, I'll be glad to have it all past, though it does bring us closer to New Years.  I don't think I'll have a problem getting everything done.

I really am pleased with In the Shadow of Giants.  I think this is one of the best novels I've written.  A bit short still -- but I like it!

Back to work!


December 23, 2014

I had an interesting thought for the novel.  I think I'm going to tack a short story on the end as a 'bonus' that will bring the word count up by 3k or so.  The story is A Fate Cast in Stones which fits with this quite nicely, actually.

I'm closing in on the end.  I will have this done before too long!

December 24, 2014

About to sit down and watch some shows with Russ.  Writing is done for the night (mostly) and I'm ready for some fun!

December 25, 2014

Had a nice Christmas, though Russ isn't feeling well, alas.  He got me some nice shirts with my book covers on them!  They're great. Also a bear, a calendar, a book embosser (for my initials in it!) AND THE GALAXY TAB 4 NOOK!

I love it already.  What fun!

December 26, 2014

Traditionally, this would be Kittymas here at the Gifford house, but neither of us are feeling great.  We'll hold off for a day or two and then give kitties treats and toys. And the puppy, too.

December 27, 2014

Went to bed very early last night because of massive, massive headache.  I just laid in bed and read and read -- ended up reading all of The Walnut Tree by Charles Todd.  I have read a lot this month.  A Christmas Carol and The Walnut Tree just since I got the new Nook!

I am still fighting off the headache today, but I'm sure I'll get better soon.  This was probably brought on by the massive weather change again. We have snow, finally.  Not much, but a little.  The temp is getting very cold though.  Down to 12f already tonight.

Need to get stuff done before the end of the year.  I better get to work.

December 28, 2014

Closer and Closer to the end.  I am really pushing to get stuff done. Today was mostly DAZ stuff and a bit more on the novel.  I'm very close there.

The weather is turning very cold, though.  Ick.  I hope it doesn't last long.

December 29, 2014

I have finished the novel!  Yes, it is done and I think I have a good idea for the cover, too.  I'm still not rushing this one, though.

We are having bad cold weather. Dropping down to -20 wind chill tonight.  The house is cold anyway.  This is not going to help.


We'll get through it.

December 30, 2014

Okay, now I am starting to panic about getting things done in time.  I think I'll have the writing handled.  I'm good with that.  But the rest?  Vision is not going so well.  Stuff for FM?  Okay, I can get that. Same for DAZ.  I got the entire Lightroom catalogue updated, so I'm good there.  What else is there?  Tons of things, I'm sure. Ack.

December 31, 2014

I am done for the year.  I have everything written that I am going to write -- 1,030,024 words -- all the editing done, all the pictures taken.  Tonight Russ and I will watch some shows.  It'll be fun. Then sometime after midnight I'll start working on the new novel.

Lots of stuff to do that I just didn't get to, but I'll get there.  Things are good.