That was exactly what I needed. Taking this week off from writing, and allowing the other, sewing part of my creative brain to take over has made me relax and feel better. I’ve come up with a way to manage this semester’s work so it doesn’t overwhelm me, and I feel much more centered than I did.

Over in the other journal, I wrote a piece about how I am going to start considering an eleven month year. For a variety of reasons, my winter break is almost always shorter and less relaxing than I imagine, and I often walk away disappointed. I think the goal of winter break will from here on out be to just get through winter break.

Bryon’s excellent advice about only writing what I enjoy is a good one. It doesn’t mean I should walk away from puzzles, but it does mean that I should pay attention to the sweet spots in my stories where it’s working, and feel that. I am in this mostly for enjoyment, after all. That, and escapism.

So…what’s up next? Looks like I’ll be entering the Amazon contest (an author’s life is rejection, so let’s face grandios odds!). There will be a blog tour of Drollerie authors, so I’ll post links, and have a guest at the Tamago.

And I’ll start the next novel. I will begin the faerie novel in a different place. What people have read so far is necessary background, but not necessarily the story you need to buy. G&V readers, I will send you some when I think it’s good enough for you to look at. Could be a while.

Um…as I was getting ready for the next Mindbridge reading group, which will be a slew of short stories, I listened to Mike Resnick’s Travels with My Cats and was touched. If you have a chance, you should read or listen to this beautiful story.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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