So, Plain Fame Book 1 of the Amish of Lititz series (Amazon), and A Gift of Faith: An Amish Christmas (Amazon, BN.com) story are finished and released. And my Super Secret Project (SSP) for Halloween is about to be released, too.
Yes, I’m working on some other projects…smaller projects with writing and new venture with S.A. Genung (SSP #2 for 2012 henceforth known as SSP!). But, it’s not the same as writing a novel.
My husband has asked for a small “break” with the major projects. After My mother laughed at him when he said it and teased him “Just try to stop her.” But I’m going to honor his request for the moment and focus on the Amish Circle Letter volumes and SSP #2 🙂 And to do some more things around the house.
Today, I made a lovely brunch for the family, cleaned out closets, straightened out drawers, and did a major kitchen purge. I started a fire, tried to crochet a little (epic failure), and even read some of Karen Anna Vogel’s latest books. Time to catch up on all those books I bought!!! Later, I’ll probably go down to the barn and go for a ride. It’s a gorgeous day here. Sunny skies, perfect temperature, pretty foliage. Finally, tonight, my husband has planned a special dinner and I don’t have to clean up (!). So, maybe a break is OK for a short while.
Still, my mind wanders to Amanda Beiler, my main character in Plain Fame and what awaits her on her journey. I hear the conversations that she has with other people, see Alejandro’s eyes watching her, and I feel her heart beat as she tries to balance her life. I left her at such a crossroads. It’s hard to put Amanda on hold. I want to help her through the next few months of her life. She’s so young and, while in good hands, it’s a scary adventure that lies ahead of her.
So, maybe later tonight…after everyone had quieted down…mayhaps I’ll start outlining Plain Change. Just a word or two…maybe jot down some ideas and conversations. Or, if no one objects, I’ll even take a crack at the first chapter. Just for a few minutes or so. An hour at the most. No more than two…tops.
Who am I kidding? My mother is right. Once writing is in your blood, it becomes addictive. Some people are addicted to buying shoes. Others to reading books. In my world, it’s writing the books that is addictive. For over 35 years, I have been writing. For writers, taking our dreams and imagination, putting them to paper, and sharing them with others is part of our lives. We can’t stop. We write when we are observing other people or experiencing life. We write even when we are sleeping. Once an idea is in our heads, we can’t simply put it on hold. We have to write.
So, here’s to the next part of the journey. Amanda Beiler…I’ll be back with you later tonight. 😉