my CRAZY idea


Sorry. I just had to get that out there since that’s not what this post is supposed to be about.

So. Anyways. Yep. I finished my book…but I’m not going to tell you about it *grins*

I’ve never actually written a book with the world watching me. I keep the whole process very quiet. Occasionally I’ll share when I reach a certain word count goal but, other than that? Nada.

And that’s where my crazy idea comes into play.

All through the month of November (that famous NaNoWriMo month) I watched my writerly friends post snippets from their work, character inspiration, and the like. I enjoyed getting to know their book babies, but I didn’t share much about mine.

But, as I bridge the gap between writing Book 2 and editing it…I’m bored.

Writers know how to do one thing: Write

(Actually, they also know how to edit, market, design websites, make book trailers, sell books, blog, and about a million other things but let’s pretend that we’re back in the 1700’s when WRITERS JUST WROTE THE BOOKS.)

Now that I’m not writing, I’m…not bored–definitely not bored. Not when I have a million things to check off on my Christmas Bucket List. BUT, thanks to a wayward idea and just enough free time, I’m trying an experiment. A very big, very fearsome experiment that will venture into lands of the literary unknown.

I’m going to write a novella. (Never done that.)

I’m going to do a bit of plotting first. (Never done much of that.)

I’m going to write it by hand. (Never done that for an entire book.)

I’m going to finish it on Christmas. (Never having written during the holidays before.)

I’m going to share it with you, my readers.

Yes, that’s right. I’m going to grant you, dear readers, the magic key to my mind–or at least a small sliver of it–as I plot and produce my first-ever Christmas novella, Stars of Wonder.

Ideally I’ll write 1000-ish words a day and finish by Christmas. And then–THEN I’ll edit it, send it to critique partners, edit it some more (in all of that “free” time of mine) and eventually offer it as a freebie to my newsletter subscribers.

Ha! See what I did there? Now you want to sign up for my newsletter #marketing

Anyways, without further ado, I present to you a few snippets about my latest WIP, Stars of Wonder.

Meet my MC, Sterling Kennedy. Forgive her–she’s a mite quirky. How could she not be after being homeschooled since kindergarten? (That’s in jest, of course. I’ve been homeschooled my entire life. Oh, wait…I’m a bit unusual myself…) A lover of all things traditional, Sterling is a ferocious advocate against change of any sort–especially when it affects her family. Here are five fast facts about her:

Age: 15

Favorite Memory: Walking into her dad’s home library for the first time and being enveloped in the smell of books, ink, paper, and leather. He gave her one of his old fountain pens and let her scribble on a page of his special embossed stationary before showing her a bookshelf all her own.

Favorite Book: Anything Dickens.

Favorite Time of Day: Early morning, before the rest of the world is awake. She loves to get up at 4 or 5, but, consequently, she’s ready for bed before 10pm most nights.

Life Aspiration: Travel back to the days of Old England and brainstorm with Charles Dickens. BUT since she isn’t about to spend the time necessary to build a time machine, she’ll settle for becoming a famous author herself. Basically, her aspiration is to become a crazy cat lady.


THE PREMISE: Sterling Kennedy’s plans for a quiet holiday at home are thwarted when her parents drag her to an off-the-grid town in hopes of catching the year’s best meteor shower–on Christmas Eve.


The Back Cover Blurb: They say there’s no place like home for the holidays, but Sterling Kennedy’s parents obviously never got the memo. When it is announced that a rare meteor shower will peak on Christmas Eve, Sterling’s parents spoil her plans for a merry Christmas by dragging her across the country to a miniscule town in the middle of Oregon that supposedly is the perfect place to photograph the event.

As she begins to explore the town, Sterling is reminded of what the Christmas season is all about. Even as she learns to accept the change in plans, though, she can’t help but long for the familiar comforts of her home. When her dad breaks his leg just days before the meteor shower, hope is within sight–they could be headed home. But instead of feeling relieved, Sterling is once again reminded of the true spirit of the season as she searches for a way to help her parents’ Christmas wish come true.


The Problem: I’m really having fun with this idea. And I really, REALLY want to write it.


(Yes, there will ALWAYS be a but…)

I just got my copy edits on Porch Swing Girl back. Like, a few hours ago. So I have those to complete (Deadline: December 28th) and a whole Book 2 to edit (Deadline: February 2019). I think I’m slightly crazy to attempt to ALSO write a novella by Christmas.

But I’m going to try. After all, there’s that whole thing about Christmas miracles, right? If God wants this to happen…it will. And if not? Then my first attempt at sharing my work-in-progress with my readers will officially tank and I’ll crawl back into my Solitary-Writer cave.

Let’s hope that doesn’t happen.



  1. Ooo. I like Sterling. She’s a bookworm, like me. Except I love all things Jane Austen and Louisa May Alcott. I hope you’ll have a wonderful writing Christmas. X

  2. It won’t tank, even if you don’t finish it by Christmas. You’ll just get people to love you all the more for being human and they’ll wait in eager expectation for the ending, even if that comes two months after Christmas. 😀

    1. Aww…thanks 🙂 <3 It sure doesn't look like I'll meet my goal, thanks to those copy edits/edits for Book 2, but I won't let Sterling's story go untold. Even if it takes me until NEXT Christmas 😉

  3. I’d love to read about Sterling! (But Porch Swing Girl’s copy edits are important too…) Whatever you end up doing, I hope your Christmas/ holidays are crazy, but a good crazy. 😉

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