Christmas #1 is over.
I had to work more than I wanted, but we squeezed in lots of laughs and good food, late nights and much cuddling by the fire. The College Tribe has now moved on to other branches in the Family Forest and the house is very, very quiet.
But we took lots of pictures!
Family photos & evidence of actual cooking!
A) You can stay up very, very late with the college students who are home on vacation and do silly things and talk too loudly and have a blast.
B) You can go to bed at a reasonable hour and wake up before dawn to write.
Doing both is not recommended. Doing both for three nights in a row is just plain stupid.
So how much sleep did you get last night?
Group One of our College Horde arrived safely last night. Group Two should be here by lunch. Our plan is to feed them a pound of sugar each, then hand over all the Yuletide decorations and let them deck the halls.
We are expecting 25 people for the family Christmas dinner (a little early this year because of various schedules) on Sunday. We are also expecting a blizzard on Sunday, with several feet of snow and 50 mph winds from the Arctic. I foresee half a ton of extra food lingering in our fridge for weeks.
Remember the mass of yarn I was untangling at NCTE? Project finished!
I made fingerless gloves because it gets a little chilly in my loft.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHARYN NOVEMBER!!!! Go tell her thank you for being such a great editor and helping her authors produce fabulous books!
Writing going well.
First draft done. (That’s the one where I just write all the voices in my head.)
Second draft started. (This is the one in which I have to make sense of Draft One. Much harder.)
I will keep working on this until the Hordes of College Students descend upon us this weekend. Then I’ll shift back to the few scenes that need a final polish in my historical novel, because it’s easier to work on a book that is mostly finished when your house has so many people in it. In a week or so, things will calm down and I will return to Draft Two of the YA.
Happy Birthday, Tamora Pierce, Goddess Writer Who Lives In Syracuse!!!! Stop by her LJ here, tammypierce or go there the old-fashioned way and wish her a hearty “Huzzah!”
Number One Son has a swim meet this afternoon, so I have to dive back into the story now. THANK YOU SNOW GODS for canceling everyfreaking thing in Central New York this afternoon!!! New goal – work on creepy chapter 7 and creepier chapter 8!
And still, thank you, Thea Gilmore, for getting me through this one.
Question – since I am on a Thea Gilmore kick, can you recommend some other singers in the same vein?
I am writingwritingwriting.
Love you, World. Go away for a few days.