Hello! I hope you’re having a great week!
Those of you reading this blog generally know the Authors of Main Street write a Christmas boxed set, right?
Well, I was honoured to have been asked to join AoMS this year…between boxed sets, so this upcoming Christmas edition will be my first with this group of lovely ladies!
Here’s a little giggle for you…
When I told my man I was going to write a short story for the Christmas Box, he laughed…again…
like the last time.
I’d just uploaded my first novel, A Long Trail Rolling,
and jumped into NaNoWriMo for the first time with the second novel in my series, A Sea of Green Unfolding…
Well, yeah… it’s now the third, for those of you familiar with The Long Trails series.
Well, about that…
As I wrote a few months ago on this blog, my Matt, and independently, one of my other beta readers, decided there was another story between Book One, A Long Trail Rolling, and its Epilogue.”
“Oh no, there isn’t…” I argued. I tried that a few times, but noooooooooo…
SO, I tried to ignore it, which was getting a little difficult, because by now Matt and I had become an item…
So, we were at a local RWNZ branch meeting at the home of a teacher-writer member, who also did a lot of art. She’d made some LOVELY storyboards for her stories…and she is an artist. Being a primary teacher, she also had BOXES of ’stuff’ for us to play with and create our storyboards.
Matt looked at me. “What storyboard are you going to do?” He lifted a brow at me pointedly.
“Sea of Green,” I challenged.
He raises both brows.
I occasionally know when I’m beat. This was one of those times.
A big sigh. “Okay,” I finally murmured.
I sat down to create the storyline for what was to become the new Book Two.
as I worked, I became more and more excited. Soon the story was just falling out on the canvas before me, made easier, of course, by the fact that I knew the areas through which my hero and heroine were travelling like the back of my hand.
SO, thanks to Matt and my wonderful writing group, I did it. Now I was keen.
This was going to be a quickie novella, mostly to get Matt and Kate off my back and get back to A Sea of Green Unfolding.
The Hills of Gold Unchanging didn’t turn out much like a novella…more like 510 pages, by the time I’d finished it. Nearly 170K words.
Today I finished the final edit for A Sea of Green Unfolding. It’s finished up around 122K words. Hmmm…not short either…
I redid the cover before its official release. 🙂 Here it is… complete with photos of our farm, my youngest son, and my big bay carriage horse.
I told Matt I was going to write Book 4, Tatiana, ‘short’.
As I expected, he laughed.
At a writing workshop in Auckland a few months ago, even Joanna Penn told me I needed to write ‘short’.
SO, when I told Matt I was going to write something that was twenty to forty thousand words for Authors of Main Street, guess what?
You guessed it, he laughed.
Then grinned. “I know you can do it,” he said. “I can’t wait to watch.”
I’m still shaking my head.
Three weeks ago, I started thinking of the story I’m going to write for our boxed set on one of my dog and author walks around our farm here by the river. (this pic is on the island in the middle of our river)
I desperately needed to finish A Sea of Green Unfolding, but I snuck into a new workbook and started scribbling down the new story… and couldn’t stop.
Fifteen half-sized pages. Not bad for a few stolen moments while my dinner cooked.
Now to plan out the rest and get it done.
Oh, what’s it to be about?
It’s a story about this horse-crazy chick in vet school and what she gets up to. It’s to be the first in a series Matt’s been encouraging me to do for ages. For years, I kept telling him I didn’t have any vet stories…and every time I told him another vet story from my life that eyebrow would shoot up again.
“There’s another story,” he’d say. Well, yes, I guess so. Now I can’t wait to get on with it.
It’s going to be a lot of fun…but I’m NOT going to tell which things really happened and which I made up. That would take all the fun out of it…
…and the names were changed to protect the innocent…and the not-so-innocent.
Have a wonderful week, all!
Take good care, and big hugs from New Zealand!