Train station – Perth, Scotland

Eeep! I have a college graduate for a daughter!!!!

This week’s been a busy one, and it’s not done yet. Our oldest graduated from college on the 12th. She’ll stay in town through July, then move back home to begin her job search. We’ll have a full month when both are home before the son heads back to his school.

Later this morning, the hubby and I are heading out of town for a few days. We’re both fully vaccinated now, and had airline vouchers we had to use. So, we picked a place where that airline flew that we’d never been to and booked a quick trip.

I’ve been working hard on ‘Shield & Scepter’, trying to get it done before surgery in July. And I mean hard. Yesterday alone saw over 4,000 words going out of my head and onto paper! I’m on track to finish the story well before my self-imposed deadline. Which is nice, as it sets up my betas having a few weeks to read through it, give me some notes, and send the file back. It’s possible that I’ll be working through the notes prior to the 16th!

While my specialist does say my fingers won’t be restricted post-op, he also said I may have a week where I’m moving slower. Plus, I really would rather be working notes over writing new content for hours at a time. In my mind, working revisions shortly after the procedure is going to keep things limber, won’t pull the stitches out, and remind me that the fingers are finally better.

I just looked it up. July 29, 2020 was my first appointment to talk to my PCP about my hands not working right. When surgery happens on the 16th, it’ll be almost a year of dealing with them. A year of almost dropping mugs, swearing at my hands, having them misfire 5 times when tying a single shoelace, braces, splints, and shots.

Yep. I am ready to be done with this.

I’ve got about an hour to get some writing in before I grab the suitcase and start packing for our trip. It won’t be much new content. I have a habit of reading through what I wrote the last time the file was open, revising where I need to, and getting my head back into the story before new stuff is written. For me, it works well.

This will be the last chance to write new stuff until we get home. It’s a short trip, so I won’t take my laptop. That doesn’t mean I won’t be thinking of scenes, working dialogue in my head. By the time we get home on Wednesday, the suitcase is unpacked, and the laundry’s started, I’ll be ready to go.

Will this cast be retired after this book? Honestly, I don’t know. I originally planned one book, but wasn’t ready to let go of the characters.

Only time will tell if I’m ready to when I reach the end this time.

BB/Chan Eil Eagal Orm

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