This has been a week of hanging out with friends, and it’s been lovely. On Monday, it was such a warm, sunny day, a good friend came over (carrying lunch with her! Yum!) and she and MrX and I hung out on a picnic blanket in our sunny garden, eating lunch, chatting, and knitting. (Well, okay, MrX didn’t knit. But he did chat and play with dinosaurs and playmobil!) It was just idyllic.
On Wednesday, our friend and Clarion West classmate Emily Mah Tippetts (who writes fabulously fun books as E.M. Tippetts and creates wonderful jewelry and more as Emily Mah) came to visit with her husband and we all had lunch and chatted about books and more…and look what she’d made and brought for us!
Gorgeous dragon pens! And they came with such perfect timing, because guess what the manuscript underneath is? The hardcopy first-pass pages of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, which also arrived on Wednesday.
Talk about a perfect match of pens to content! 😉 So, after spending Monday and Tuesday working on the first draft of my MG spies-and-fairies novel, I spent the next couple of days (dragon pen in hand!) with The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart. At this stage, I’m really just proofreading and trying not to let myself fiddle too much with other changes, so it’s the first time I’ve been able to read the book – laid out beautifully, just like it will be in published form! – mostly for pleasure instead of for revision. It’s a nice feeling!
And then on Friday afternoon, the week wound up with cake and coffee with my weekly coffee group of good friends, a group of fantastic women who’ve saved me multiple times over the last few years, in so many ways. Hanging out with them always feels so good.
Work, family, and friends. Just the right combination. 🙂