Happy New Year!

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It’s a New Year!

How did that happen? Not to point it out like the six billion people on the planet, it seems the Mayans had it wrong. Or someone horribly mistranslated somewhere along the way. Where’s that guy? I want his job. But without too much fanfare, and maybe a momentary holding of breath, the New Year is here.

Isn’t that cool? 2013. A year no one thought they’d ever really see. (Re: Mayans) And here it is. And here I am. Drawing breath on the first day of this auspicious occasion. I’ll call that a win.

And I’m Thankful

I’m thankful for the new beginning and the fresh start. I’m going to be embarking something I’ve never done before at the end of the month, and that’s going on a cruise and to Mexico with the family. More importantly, I’m going to be unplugged. For a week. No Twitter. No Facebook. No Email. No Laptop. I think either, I will One: Fall apart without my electronic tethers. Or Two: Be just ducky. I think Number Two will be the winner. I will be taking my Moleskine and a trusty gaggle of pens, because I will be worthless as a human being if I don’t get a moment or two to write.

I’m also thankful that as far as I understand, I should be getting my edits on Pawn Takes Rook this month. I don’t know when, I just know this month. I’m pretty excited in this next step in the process. Every day the whole idea of becoming a published author gets a little more real. I’m actually quite terrified I’m going to get eviscerated on Goodreads, but it’ll be a learning experience. You won’t know if you’ve arrived until someone trolls you with a terrible review, or writes slash fic about your characters.

Looking Forward

Looking forward, I have a new school semester coming up next week. It’ll either be a breeze, or it’ll put a major dent in my writing time again. I’m taking Philosophy of Film, Poetry Writing, and German II. The only class I expect to be somewhat difficult is German II, but I’m learning very quickly to expect the unexpected.

For new projects, I have to stay fluid on when I’m going to be able to squeeze the time into working on them. Life has kind of gotten in the way this week and I’ve had to reevaluate writing Pawn Takes Rook #3. I’m giving myself to the 20th to finish it now, but if I meet my daily goals, it’ll be in the can on the 13th which will be lovely.

Haven’t decided if I’m going to immediately dive into Pawn Takes Rook #4 afterwards, but the idea is tempting. This summer for sure, if not sooner, I’m going to pick up Americana Fairytale again and get that presentable. There’s been signs (like literal classic Americana signage) that I should pick it up again. You have no idea how much it pleases me Lucy the Elephant survived Hurricane Sandy. She has a prominent role in the book, and it would be highly upsetting if she no longer existed. Besides, out of all the locations in AF, I want to visit her the most. Talk about a bucket list item!

The Future Has Arrived, What Will You Do With It?

So, the Mayans, or some drunken translator had it all wrong. It’s 2013, and we’ll be writing 2012 on checks and paperwork until June. It’s the future. It’s a new year. It’s a fresh start. It’s time to take a leap, take a plunge, and do something you never thought you’d do. Do something you never thought you’d live to do. (Re: Mayans) So what will you do with this one life you’ve been given?

Barring oncoming fire and brimstone, rising tides, raining toads, I will be here. Writing stories about people that fall in love despite themselves. Telling the tales of two characters so screwed up as people that they’re perfect for each other.

Originally published at Lex Chase. You can comment here or there.

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