Find His Way Home, Nell's WIP, The Locked Room, Unconditionally

A productive week

Last week was productive for me and I’m really happy about it. I thought I’d fill you in on what I did:

Unconditionally – edits
I finished two rounds of edits on my short story. My editor is very patient and we get along really well, and I’m waiting to hear from her if there’s going to be one more round. It’s been fun and now I look forward to the release even more. Iiiiih!! 🙂

The Locked Room – edits
I finally started editing TLR, real edits, not the baby-step variety I talked about back in November. I got it back from my betas in October and have done very little about it since, but the other day I opened the first chapter and got to work. It’s extensive edits, and I’ve also decided to change it from present tense to past tense, so I’ve got my work cut out for me. But I’ve done two chapters so far and it’s going really well.

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Lots of useful comments from one of my fabulous betas

Find His Way Home  – writing
I wrote about 9K words in my WIP last week. Yay!! My flow seems to be back, and I couldn’t be happier. I’ve also written a brief outline for the rest of the story, and if I work hard I might be able to finish it this week. If nothing unexpected happens.

A fun side-note regarding Find His Way Home: I’ve shown you the guys who inspired my characters in this story before—here’s a reminder. Both of them are real life persons (of course), and I found the guy that inspired Elliot through an account I follow on Instagram, called Symmetrybreakfast. It’s run by a man making fabulous breakfasts for his boyfriend every morning. The boyfriend is featured in Symmetrybreakfast’s Instagram-stories almost every day, eating the wonderful breakfast and doing a cute little dance, looking so happy and content I can’t help but smile. (I sound like a creepy stalker now, but the account has 661K followers, so I’m really not 🙂 ) Anyway, the first time I saw him, I thought he was cute, and when I started writing this story I remembered him and realized he would make a perfect Elliot.

That was the backstory. Now for the fun thing: this week Mr. Symmetrybreakfast and Real-Life-Elliot got married. Look at the adorableness ❤

screenshot_20170203-043910Big congratulations to the both of them! I wish them a long and happy life together, filled with fabulous breakfasts and lots of laugher!

So I guess now I know what Elliot will look like if he and Mick gets married 😉

If you’re want to read more about Symmetrybreakfast you can do it here, here or here.

I’m jealous, I want someone to make me breakfasts like that, too! 🙂

About Nell, Writing Challenge

Day 21 #30DayWritingChallenge

What three lessons do you want your children to learn from you?

Since my daughter turns 22 in just a few days I’d say that my work mothering her pretty much is done. I realize it isn’t the whole truth, since the mothering instinct never seems to vanish, but she’s much less work now than she was when she was standing outside the bathroom door talking incessantly 🙂

But I can write about three things we wanted her to learn and that worked beautifully.

  • Knowledge is power: we’ve always encouraged education and told her that knowledge is a good thing. And she always jokes that she’s heard Knowledge is power more often than I love you, but not because we never told her we love her. No, we told her that all the time (still do), but we just happened to mention this other thing…more 😀
  • You can do anything as long as you set your mind to it: we’ve always told her we will support whatever career she chooses, we just want it to be something she chose, as opposed to the only thing she could get because of lack of education. If she wants to clean houses or be a rocket scientist don’t matter to us. We just want her to be happy. We told her that if she works hard she will be able to achieve anything and now she’s in college and has plans for a Masters degree, so I guess it worked. And we couldn’t be more proud if we tried.
  • Question everything: don’t accept Because I say so for an answer. Or It’s always been this way. Ask why. Question. Seek knowledge. When she was little I used to joke that I wish I’d never taught her this particular lesson, that I’d instead taught her to say Ja, mamma (Yes, mom) because there was a lot of why, how, what’s that sometimes drove me crazy. But then I remembered that I also ask why all the time (there’s a reason I say Google is my best friend!) and I did my best to answer her questions.

What do you think? Did we forget any important lessons? 🙂

shy