Don’t look now you all but the half way mark of the year has arrived! It’s just six months now to Christmas Eve! Just like that the first half of this year has gone flying by.
Fortunately – happily! – I’ve made progress on the book! A week away on beautiful Orcas Island helped me get some focus and my fingers were flying on the keyboard. At 74,000 words I’m closing in on having a first draft done but it still needs some love. A chapter here and a chapter there still needs added and I’m almost certain this will end up as the largest book in the series. I’ve decided to start in on the editing though and add the chapters as I go.
I soooooo hope you all are going to like this last book. It’s very hard to know as the author whether you are writing something just you will love or something that others can and will enjoy too. I know for me, I’ve had pages where Sandra and the gang have made me laugh out loud and whole chapters where I actually choked up. There are so many things happening in this book!
Still, as you can see from the pics here, I haven’t just been writing. I’ve definitely been managing to fit in some summer time fun! That’s me with my niece Ambyr (the inspiration for Ambyrdena “Birdie” in the books) and my tiny new family member, Penelope, above. Priceless, huh? And that’s me with my adopted daughter (the elf “Tea” in the books) in the other, enjoying some summer refreshments while we listen to a great local band. All sorts of my favorite things!
And a heads-up that tomorrow a Jolly Jingle newsletter will be going out to all of you wonders who are on the email list. It has a fun giveaway of some current popular books perfect for summer time reading! Don’t miss out on the chance to win – you can still sign up today by putting your email in the green box above! It also gives some updates on what else has been happening besides working on book five and some great tips for having your best summer ever! It’s a not-to-be-missed issue. 🙂
Lastly today, did you all catch the dramatic rescue that happened this week at the South Pole? This time of the year, while the elves and others at the North Pole are enjoying 24 hours a day of sunshine, the South Pole is experiencing 24 hours a day of darkness and temperatures up to one hundred degrees below zero! It was in those kind of conditions a brave team agreed to fly to the Pole in a rescue attempt for two individuals that had emergency medical conditions requiring they receive help beyond what could be offered at the outpost. How I love courageous individuals and the kindness that has to be in their heart to put their own lives on the line for others! And how relieved the world was I think, to get the news that the rescue had been successful and that all involved were safe and heading to a medical center for the ailing South Pole members. Whew. This kind of thing is why I write non-fiction fantasy. I can’t hardly handle the real drama. 🙂
Meanwhile, back here in my part of the world, I wish you a day full of fabulous wherever you are. Shine your bright light!