Happy-New-Year Ramblings

I thought you guys might like to know what I’ve been doing with myself the past few weeks, because I’ve just noticed that I haven’t actually mentioned it. 😛

Here we are on the lift - my mom's in black, I'm in blue, and my sister Colby is behind the camera. (The trees are blurred in the background, because the chair was moving when Colb snapped the pic.)

Here we are looking goofy on the lift – my mom’s in black, I’m in blue, and my sister Colby is behind the camera. (The trees are blurred in the background, because the chair was moving when Colb snapped the pic.)

I’m in Montana – the same part of the world I visited when OF GIANTS AND ICE came out, the same cabin where I finished its first draft (way back in 2009).

Big Sky is a special place to my family. We’ve been coming out here to spend the holidays together for most of my life:  skiing and snowboarding together, reading (for me), watching full seasons of whatever TV show we fancy (Clint watched all of Dexter one year, and all of Chuck the next), making eggnog (all four generations of us who have come up here have done this), etc.

Throw in a few blog posts, and that basically describes my holidays. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? It really was.

That same lift.

That same lift.

This year was a little different, because my little sister couldn’t get time off work to come up – not until well after Christmas and New Year’s. So, my family postponed our celebrations until she came. So, my internal clock is a little confused – I’m a bit shocked to see that we’re nine days into 2013 already.

Doesn’t 2013 still look strange to you? Every January, I spend a few weeks getting used to seeing the new year’s date in my own handwriting. Half the time, I still write “2012” instead.

The view from that lift.

The view from that lift.

Anyway, my family has gone home now – back to work and to school. My friend Kaitlyn will be flying in to meet me out here tomorrow, and then I’ll be going home on Tuesday.

It has been a nice, long, solid break, but recently I’ve started to concentrate on drafting THE EVER AFTERS 3. I worked on it some last fall, but with all the promoting work I was doing, I couldn’t give it my full attention.

But now, I can feel my focus shifting – the real world, with all its emails and events and demands, is starting to retreat, and my characters are starting to move around in my imagination. A new invention of Lena’s will come to me on the ski lift, and then Chase will start to say something important while I’m doing dishes. Scenes are unfolding slowly, but the ideas are coming faster. They’re pushing me toward something that looks positively book-shaped.

I’m surprised by how much I missed it.

The view from the mountaintop.

The view from the mountaintop.

2 Comments

  1. Abby March 11, 2013
    • Shelby March 14, 2013