Thursday, December 24, 2015

Visions of Sugarplums?

The cranberry orange bread is made, sweet & spicy pecans are baked, the Honeybaked ham is ready, the trifle is ready to assemble, potatoes just need to be mashed, and I've been at my new job for just over a week.

And what am I thinking about? My new job? Christmas? No. My brain is focusing on the anticipation of trying out a new genre in my writing.

I have written two picture book manuscripts and while they are off making their rounds, I will be happily diving into writing a middle grade novel for the first time. I've taken a few weeks' hiatus from writing to get settled at my new job and prepare for the holidays, but I actually can hardly wait for December 26th, when I will either haul all the holiday decorations back into storage or start outlining in a genre that is new to me (both possibilities are almost equally attractive to me - weird, I know).

In the two weeks I have been ignoring my writing, I already feel I have gotten rusty in my writing and plotting. I can't wait to dive back in!

In the meantime, I'll leave you with two funnies from Debbie Ridpath Ohi (love her!). They about sum it up for me.


  1. Kara,
    I've been meaning to check in on you and your writing. Sounds like you've summed it all up nicely here. Happy adventures while writing in a new genre! I'm trying my hand at a chapter book. We're both explorers! Merry Christmas. I hope the new job will be just right for you.

    1. Hi Linda! Merry Christmas to you, too! Although I called it 'genre' in my post, I guess that is not exactly accurate - we are writing for a new audience should have been what I said. Either way, I like how you put it - we are explorers! Happy exploring! Let me know how it is going with your chapter book!


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