Thursday, November 8, 2018

Swan Song

Summer has come and gone. Nothing went as planned this summer but it wasn't all horrible. I did get a new job and move to a new state, so that has been keeping me plenty busy. With moving states has come all the joys that go with it. (The dreaded DMV. Registering to vote. Filling out apartment applications, over and over and over until one wonders if they will have a job but nowhere to live. Moving into said apartment they didn't think they would get. More DMV visits. No one explaining that each DMV is different and run different and this leads to even MORE DMV visits because one failed to know what they meant by window - in all fairness the person I talked to lead me to believe said window was outside, NOT inside and therefore I missed my spot by a couple minutes - have I mentioned I have a strong dislike for the DMV?)

Fall has settled down over Nevada. It is COLD in the desert in the fall. But not as cold as Wyoming so I am doing very well. I am now moved in, settled into my job, but still fighting the DMV to get my plates. And life goes on. 

But that is all to say it is now NaNoWriMo season.

I haven't really been writing much since moving the first time. I've just had so much going on. But I always try and do NaNo with my mom every year and this year is no different. At least no different in doing NaNoWriMo. It is VERY different in the story I am doing.

Those who know me know that I have been going through a lot of grief these past few years. I was a nanny for eight years before I moved, a nanny to four sisters, the two youngest were twins and only five months when I started to take care of them. Soon after I moved one of the twins died in a horse riding accident. It has been, and might always be, one of the hardest things I've ever had to go through. (Even now it is hard for me to write this.)

I haven't really dwelt with my grief. I keep myself busy, doing this and that, working hard, and taking my Jenni on long walks to try and keep my mind off of it. You can imagine the harm this has done to me. It finally reached the point where I couldn't keep it at bay anymore and I've slowly been coming to terms with it.

That is the reason I am not writing my usual Marshall book this year. Instead I am writing a stand alone story, and I thought I would share some of the backstory behind it - above - and also share the synopsis - below. Please pardon my inability to write a synopsis. It is a skill I am still working on.

Hester and Carter Maier are inseparable and have been since birth. Twin sisters, they do everything together - from school, to chasing giants, to sharing whispered stories and secrets each night. They've always had each other and believe they always will.

Together they face the challenges of growing up - first day of school, dreams of growing up, first jobs and first crushes, and all the joys and sorrows of life.

Then came the day the unspeakable happened. When life changes for forever one must learn how to live when all desire to do so has been taken from her.

Okay, that is the best synopsis I've been able to come up with so far. I will keep trying to polish it up. I would like to, at some point in the near future, get this book published. But that is a bit down the road. Right now I just have to finish it.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. And hopefully I will return before another season change. 

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