Merry Christmas and Other Stuff

Yesterday as I punched out a few paragraphs of “The Red Dagger” I hope to submit to Amazon’s Breakout Novel contest, I realized rewriting the entire thing may not be the best strategy.

The contest begins January 25, and that means I would have to punch out over 75,000 words in 30 days. With Christmas, a week’s vacation in Texas from December 29 – January 5, plus other obligations including an author interview with Becky Levine and putting together a Celebration of Life book for a dear friend that passed away five days ago, where will I find the time to write?

Instead I will edit the original document using notes I wrote on the hard copy. With a few added scenes I have planned, that means I will only have to type 10k-15k words. Much more doable in thirty days.

Whether you celebrate Christmas as a time to enjoy family and gift-giving, or celebrate the birth of our Savior, I pray it’s full of joy and laughter.

Stay safe and warm, and I’ll likely see you all after the New Year.

3 thoughts on “Merry Christmas and Other Stuff

  1. Just be careful and safe during this wintry holiday. We want you here in Texas, with or without a heavy task hanging over your head!


  2. Brandon: Merry Christmas to you! I bet you can’t wait for your little one’s first Christmas.

    Dona: Looks like the weather will be nice on our flight out, so we’re golden. I’ll have to leave my heavy tasks at home, because they won’t fit on the plane. Ha! I can’t wait to see you.


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