Wednesday, December 4, 2013

It Should Be a Word Count Wednesday, But Let's Chat Instead

Well, it should be a word count Wednesday, but as you all know, I'm taking a mini-break from writing. So my word count is zero and will be zero for a while.  But don't hesitate to tell me how you did!  Did you win NaNo?

Instead of writing I've been quilting (my first large quilt).  I think I mentioned that last week, actually. Here's a picture of it almost done.  Not too bad for my first try, but there is definitely room for improvement on the next one.  :)

I've also been getting out my Christmas cards and making 120 Family Home Evening packets for my ward.   And, you know, being a mom and wife and stuff like that.  It's a good break for me and one that I think I needed.

So, pull up a chair and I'll give you some hot cocoa.  Tell me how you've been!  What have you been up to?


Jennifer R. Donohue said...

ooh, nice quilt! I've been thinking I might try to do a t-shirt quilt of the shirts I can't bear to get rid of. But cutting them up might be worse. I might have a problem.

Well, I just finished NaNoWriMo, and am editing a book to send to Angry Robot Books' open door submission thing by Dec 31. Also still recovering from last week's Thanksgiving, which turned into a Thursday-Sunday friend and family fest.

Debra Erfert said...

Oh, I just finished my hot cocoa. It was delicious, with whip cream on top. Yum!

I love your quilt, Julie. The colors tie in so well with the theme. I'm sure it will be treasured for many, many years.

I did not do NaNo this year. I was finishing up a book that I had started three years ago, actually. I did play last year, though, but only succeeded writing about 45,000 words of RELATIVE EVIL before the month finished out. Good news is that I completed it before this summer, and started querying it after I had a couple of Beta readers go through it. I also had the great opportunity to submit it to your First Page Friday, and was called an "evil genius" by Ms. Shreditor. That had to be my happiest day. I even Tweeted that quote!

I got some good news yesterday. A publisher I queried RELATIVE EVIL to in an open submissions call at the beginning of October emailed me, and called it "promising" and requested a full manuscript. Now the nervous wait begins!

Jon Spell said...

I am engaged in learning patience by dealing with business consultants who seem bound and determined to waste as much of my time as possible.

I need some vacation time where I'm not at work and I'm not at home either, if I want to get any writing done. I wonder how much I could done at a writing retreat? (Not one with Robison Wells, because I'm pretty sure I'd just end up playing with his dog.)

Anyone want to give me ideas on presents / stocking stuffers for Christmas?

Julie Bellon said...

Jennifer that was my original plan to do a t-shirt quilt and I watched all the Youtube vids and cut the shirts, but then I got sidetracked with this one. That's my next project though, so we'll have to compare notes!

Debra I am HAPPY DANCING for you! That's wonderful news! Yay!

Jon, I vote for books. :)