Have you finished your Christmas shopping? Have you met your "Book Buying" list? (I have, yippee!) Have you finished baking all those goodies you promised yourself you'd actually bake this year?
Need a pashmina scarf? Someone have it on their Christmas list? Barbara, blogger of The Serenity Gate, is having a contest to win. Head over and take a look, very cozy and warm over on that blog (and lots of Christmas music, too!) I just recently found her thanks to my blogging/writer friend, Janna, and will definitely be visiting on a weekly basis! She's just adorable.
Other Christmas goody news, for those of you worrying about how your pitch sounds, Jessica Faust of BookEnds, LLC, is giving her Christmas present out as pitch critique's. I didn't post mine, simply because it's more than one paragraph, but for those that are clever and have widdled theirs down, give it a go and good luck!
And lastly, I have to ask just how much research do you put into your work-in-progress before you dive into it head first? I'm a hopeless planner, I can't help it, but I also think at times it holds me back. I have at least 2 books I feel I *have* to read before I begin typing madly my first draft of Untitled YA fantasy. I know once I get into the routine I'll be able to finish the first draft in no time (I do happen to type 85 wpm, yeehaw!) but it's the "getting there" that I'm slow going on. Anyone else have this problem? I didn't with my first, simply because I made up my own world, so the world building came easily for me. I created it, wrote things down, and then started writing, making sure to take notes whenever something new occurred in my world so I could stay consistent.
Well, I'm off to hopefully catch a short nap. This eighth month of pregnancy is killing me both energy-wise, and my back (ug). And then I'm hoping to finish editing video. It's taking forever!