Remember my French guy? The one whose story I planned to finish? After that post, I got busy. I found a historical thread to tie into the contemporary story. I polished my 124 pages, worked in the new thread, and expanded the manuscript to 141 pages. It was a great story. I loved the characters, the direction I was going with it, and the historical thread I’d added. For the first time, my French guy had traction and a driving purpose.
And then the electricity went off. I used to always e-mail myself the pages I wrote each day. But somewhere along the way, I’d gotten out of the habit. I’d saved my document, but somehow it was gone. Back to the 124 pages I’d started with. I searched my documents, thinking I’d changed the title and couldn’t remember where I’d filed it. I searched recent documents. I searched unique words in the new pages. Nothing. Poof, it was gone. And I was sick at heart.
I lost interest. The rest of the month, I had company, then I got the nasty sinus crud. I recovered just in time to rework a proposal I’d submitted for an interested editor and prepare for Thanksgiving. My cousin moved here and I spent time with her. Then I helped put together the Christmas float for our church in the local parade. We won first place. I helped tear down the float and spent a week getting ready to host a Christmas party at my house for my local writers’ group. An ice storm threatened the party and only four braved the weather, but we exchanged Christmas socks and had fun. I look like I’m hiding behind the tree, but I was making sure everyone got in the picture.
Somewhere in all the madness, I did rewrite the first scene again and slip in the historical thread. I’m planning to get back into the story this week and I will e-mail myself whatever I wrote each day. Maybe several times a day just to be safe. I’m not procrastinating this time, it’s just such a busy time of year. We have our church potluck coming up and we’re taking my dad out for a birthday supper. There’s Christmas shopping to be done, several rounds of upcoming family gatherings, and right after Christmas we’re going to visit our Texas family. Despite all the activity and events, I’ll be at my computer whenever I have a chance. And I will finish this poor guy’s story.
So what’s happening in your world? What Christmas festivities, plans, and yummy food are you planning? I’m cleaning out my shelves, so I have copies of Rodeo Queen and Rodeo Family – books 4 and 6 from a series I wrote for the now defunct Heartsong Presents line. And since it’s Christmas, I’ll throw in A Texas Holiday Reunion, book 3 in my Texas Cowboys series. 3 books for one winner. Merry Christmas!