The End of Hibernation

Oh wow! I fear I have been neglecting my blog this past winter and the three people who faithfully read my blog posts. (Well, hopefully, there are more than three of you, although sometimes I do wonder!)

Winter seemed to fly by, not that I spent the time hibernating. I was busy writing most every day and avoiding housework, I mean, the icy world outside. The only way a story gets written is by faithfully returning to your computer and writing. Alone. Keep your butt in the chair, as some writers will tell you. Well, I can attest to the fact that my chair was well-used these past months.

Writing is such a solitary venture for authors. Some days I wish it wasn’t so. Some days I want to sneak out into the world and see/talk to other people.

But I can’t always do that because the story won’t get written if I do. By the time I get well into a story it keeps me awake at night. It’s my first thought when I wake in the morning. I hear dialogue in my head and wonder: will I remember these bits of conversations between my characters when it comes time to write? I experienced all these things this winter. I call it falling in love with the story all over again.

But…

I’m not writing this post to lament being a writer. It’s who I am. I can’t change that. Take it or leave it, things aren’t going to change in that respect. I love writing.

Now, for some news:

I recently received word that Penelope Jackson will be working with me on the edits for my adult fiction novel, due out in spring 2020. I can’t tell you how that news makes my little heart sing. I worked with her on my last two novels and she’s absolutely wonderful. Although, I’m not sure what to expect with this being my first novel for grown-ups, I’m looking forward to the edits. It will be a busy summer. My publisher wants the ARCs (advance reading copies) ready for early 2020. I’m sure we’ll get there on time. I’ll share the cover when the time is right.

Let’s not forget there’s another book coming in the fall of 2020 as well.

Of course all that doesn’t mean I don’t have other stories I’m working on. In fact, I’ve several that are in various stages of completion. Right now, I need to decide which one is crying out for the most attention. Since story ideas can come at the drop of a hat, I have bits of stories sprinkled through my computer files. Hopefully, they will transform into full-fledged stories in time. There also comes the realization that a writer can only write so fast, produce so much. We’re all individuals in that respect. And there is life beyond writing…There I said it.

So, this post is really just to let you know that I’m around and kicking. I didn’t freeze up during the winter, but I am crawling out into civilization a bit more now that the weather is warming up. Hibernation for this author is officially over.

What have all of you been up to this past winter?

 

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  1. I’ve been busy writing too. It is hard here in Spain as we have endless sunny days and they beckon me to go outside. We had a rainy day on Sunday and I happily stayed in and wrote all day. Sometimes you need to hibernate. How exciting that you have two books coming out in 2020. Can’t wait.

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    • A new Amanda book in the making, I hope! Today, we’re having a rainy, cold day. Seems like a good day for writing. Our power flickered once but came back on. I’m mulling over some ideas today, trying to put a new twist on a story I wrote a while back.

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  2. I can’t believe how fast winter went. I was busy, but mostly with company. Spring means back to work! Congratulations on your new books, Laura.

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  3. Well, as you know, drawing, painting, writing, and also complaining about winter:) Hope it warms up enough in NS to be pleasant, but not warm enough for the bugs!

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    • It’s pouring a sea here in Nova Scotia, today. I hope it is sunny where you are. Looking forward to catching up when you get back!

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  4. Laura, that is awesome. I love winter because of the opportunity to hibernate and getting that writing done. While I’d love another month of hibernation to complete two major projects, I know the sunny, warm weather will call to me and I’ll itch to get outside.

    You know you’re emerged fully into the story when it is the first thing on your mind in the morning. I love it when that happens.

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    • Spring is one of my favourite seasons. Love being outdoors in the sunshine–not today, with all the rain, though! Thanks for dropping by this cold, rainy day. 🙂

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  5. Judith M Hiltz

     /  April 3, 2019

    I’ll take it!!!! I know how lost I can get in making my cards, so I have a little insight into not hearing or seeing anything around you.

    I am excited about your two new novels, but I am a little on the fence about your adult one.. You told me it was a thick one and since I am not a reader, as you know, But I know that it will be so thrilling that I won’t be able to put it down.. Love Ya!!!!

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    • Knew you’d understand! Yes, I’ll be thinking of you when this next book is released. Slow and steady they say…. Just hope you’ll enjoy it. xo

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  6. Hi Laura!

    I loved hearing how you have more than one story on the go at a time. I never thought about it before, but it sure makes sense that that would happen. And how exciting that you’re writing your first book for adults! Can’t wait to hear more about it. Now go grab a little sunshine! Have a beautiful spring and summer!

    Signed
    “The other Laura”
    (unless you know more than one)

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