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Hello Dear Readers,

I’m really missing my writing lately. While I’m resigned to the fact that 2011 is going to go down as an incredibly unproductive year for my writing, I can’t help thinking that I can still sneak it in…somewhere.

Fight camp begins on September 5th, and after that point, my life won’t be my own. It’ll mean training, training, and more training, until my fight in early November. Any “spare” (ha ha) time I have in those two months should probably be spent relaxing, or at the massage therapist’s.

I was struck by inspiration last weekend, and before I could talk myself out of it, I sat down and wrote the beginning of a new book. Yes, a new book, when I have two rewrites waiting–for shame! But I didn’t want to forget the idea, so I wrote the opening paragraph, and that’s it for now. I’ve always wanted to create a new twist on the haunted house story. I love haunted house stories, but too often, they’re disappointing. Like every over-confident writer before me, I’m sure I can do it better. So when Dragonfly Summer and Lost are ready to be sent into the world, I’ll probably go back to the new idea. Unfortunately, it’s inspired by the house I’m currently living in, but that’s another post…perhaps best saved for Halloween.

There is some other good news on the writing front, too. We just added a new member to our writing group. The other members haven’t met him yet, but I know he’s going to be a fantastic addition. Hopefully he’ll get us all re-inspired about our own work, or lack thereof. Not too much pressure!

How is your summer going, Dear Readers? How are you doing with your goals?

Thanks for reading!
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  1. laura best

    I haven’t accomplished as much in the way of writing this summer as I would have liked to, but I know from experience that this won’t last forever. It’s challenging with so many other things I need to do.

    I think it’s smart to get those new ideas down when they come to us. When you are able you can go back. I’ve done that many times, Holli.

  2. Story Teller

    Thanks for your comment, Laura. I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who has been slacking on the writing this summer!

    I can hardly wait until I have the time to get back to it. It’s been far too long.


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