It’s been so long since I’ve written a post, but honestly, that’s a good thing. I’ve been working super hard on my novel, A Tinsel Christmas, and I’m happy to say I emailed it off to my editor today. It’s amazing what working on a new story has done for me. I have a renewed dedication and love for my journey in writing.
Last year, when I shelved my first novel, Long Road Home, I felt a little sad and guilty. Thankfully, soon after I set it aside, I had NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) to jump start my creativity. With my love of the holidays, I knew I wanted to write a Christmas story, and what better time to write about a Christmas village named Tinsel than during November, while sitting by a fire in Vermont?
Since NaNoWriMo starts on November 1st, I decorated my house for Christmas on Halloween night, and of course, I was watching Home Alone while doing so. Some would say, “Whoa! That’s way too early to decorate for Christmas. Thanksgiving is still three weeks away!” Well, let’s just say I was doing it for inspirational purposes– to get myself in the mood to write a holiday story. And it’s true, but at the same time, I have absolutely no problem with decorating early. As far as I’m concerned, the longer I get to enjoy twinkling lights and snowmen, the better.
After decorating, I was ready to write, and as soon as the clock struck midnight, the words came pouring out of me like a snowstorm in Vermont during the middle of winter. The story came together and I fell in love with words in a whole new way and I knew this was the first novel I wanted to publish. Who knew that only nine months later, I’d be done, and emailing it to my editor. Hell, it took me over four years to get Long Road Home to where it was when I shelved it– four rewrites, an editor, another rewrite, and it’s still not ready for the world– so I only figured it would take me at least a year or two to get this story ready to share.
But I did it. I worked hard. Really hard. And it didn’t hurt. It felt good. Once I got to editing mode, I didn’t get tired of reading and rereading the story to make it right. I only fell in love with the characters and story more and more. I can only hope the readers love it the way I do, but no matter what happens, I know I wrote this story with true love and joy running through me.
I would truly love to live in a Christmas village like Tinsel, and meet up with Noelle, Holly, and Gabriel at Blitzen’s Bar. Or maybe take a stroll through Peppermint Park with Nana Eve or meet her for lunch at Gingerbread’s. What a wonderful winter wonderland it would be!
Stay tuned! I’ll definitely keep you posted on where I am in the process. Exciting times are ahead!
Until next time…