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Are we having fun yet?

May 8, 2014
Posted at 6:42 pm

Well, personally, I'm having a blast. I hope you are, too. I've been to Myrtle Beach, SC this week and tomorrow I'll start a leisurely trek across North Carolina to the Smoky Mountains. Traveling always puts me in a good mood. Just about to grill a steak for dinner, so that's good, too.

I've also been able to maintain a pace north of 5,000 words a day average on "Living Next Door to Heaven", which means that right now I've got enough chapters edited and in the can to last through Labor Day. So even when I have to take a few days break to edit and format, the posting schedule doesn't suffer. I'm working on Chapter 50 now and expect to finish Part III before the end of Part I posts.

Here's something you might not know about authors: Most of us enjoy what we write. Oh, there are painful moments. We visit things that we don't like remembering. But one of the fun parts about working so far ahead on "Heaven" is the frequency that I can enjoy the story for myself. I've already gone through writing it, editing it, reviewing and editing the proofread copy, and proofreading the formatted copy. But I finished that weeks ago for Part I. Now I get messages from readers regarding the meeting of Brian and Rhonda and I live through that chapter again.

I smile a lot about that chapter. While the Rhonda of LNDtH has very little in common with the Rhonda I fell in love with in third grade and lost at the end of sixth grade, making up this character has brought home a lot of very wistful and pleasant memories. In fact, I've fallen in love with Rhonda all over.

So thanks! I'm having fun writing, reliving, and enjoying "Heaven." I hope you are, too.