Burning the Midnight Oil

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Last night I worked until 3 a.m. to finish my revision of Spellfire’s Kiss. The fifth draft is now in the hands of critique partners and awaits their feedback. Next up is revising my short story, The Forest’s Own, so I can start submitting that story to magazines.

As far as reading, last week I read Blood Wyne by Yasmine Galenorn, part of her Otherworld series, which I love. No surprise that I enjoyed this story as much as the others in the series. I’m continuing to read Little Women, which I set aside for a while, and I have a read-through of a friend’s romance manuscript to read as well, so most of my reading time will be dedicated to that.

On the home front, hubby and I took a car load of stuff to Goodwill, and I have four boxes of books that I’m donating to a library near my hometown. It’s a low-income area, and I know the books will be put to good use there. I finally finished painting the living room a rich, royal blue, and I’ve decluttered every room except my husband’s office. It’s definitely our biggest problem area—there’s a reason we saved it for last. We have a serious paper clutter problem that I’m looking for a way to address. I think with a better filing system and a more organized closet, we can get that room under control. I also planted some flower bulbs—irises and gladiolus—so hopefully come summer we have some new blooms in our flowerbed.

What about you? What projects have you been tackling lately? On the writing front? At home?

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8 thoughts on “Burning the Midnight Oil

  1. So I should be looking for Spellfire’s Kiss in my email, then? =)

    Happy, happy news!

    Most of yesterday was spent learning and setting up my new (actually smart!) phone. After years of Tracfones, this is a real beauty, even if it is a refurbished Galaxy several models past being the “latest greatest thing”.

    I love that you took the books to a library where they will be well loved. I’ve currently got some little-kid yard toys to donate to the local Syrian refugee program, and a collection of things to give to our local homeschool co-op, either for the younger kids (a nice set of wooden trains!) or the thrift store that benefits the group.

    It’s not quite time for planting, but I did do a bit of yardtending Wednesday.

    • Definitely, Shan. I’m going to send it to you soon. 🙂

      It’s nice finding a new home for things. Often times we’re finished with an item and it still has a lot of life left in it. Knowing that it can find a good home somewhere else feels good, doesn’t it?

      As far as gardening, it is a bit early, but I’m already planning on having a small container garden on my front stoop. It’s a small space, since we live in a townhouse, but I’d like to have some veggies and herbs growing out front. I’m looking forward to summer!

  2. Sounds like you have been busy. I have a short story that is waiting for its fifth draft. I started it last month. It’s gone through some major changes, and I’m expecting another major change with this draft. This has been a labor of love and has taught me patience and persistence. I’m hoping that this story will be the first of a short story series that I will probably post on my blog.

    • I have been keeping busy, and it feels great. Being productive with our work can be very satisfying. Good luck with the fifth draft of your short story, and with your series. I look forward to reading it on your blog. Let me know when it goes live!

      • Will do. Like I said, it’s been a labor of love. It’s challenging me to plot ahead, do research, go deep into my characters’ heads. I’m hoping it all pays off.

  3. Maybe spring is bringing us out of those dark winter days to finish various writing projects AND persevere with decluttering. Congrats on finishing those drafts (i’m in a similar position) and for sending out that short story. Letting go of books is the hardest for me,even if I read books on Kindle more than paper these days (bigger print). 🙂 I keep a large bag handy so that those useful yet not used often objects can find a new home at our local thrift shop. Enjoy the spring, the decluttering, and the spring!

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