This week has been an interesting one. There’s been so much to do before I take a break after today (meaning yesterday, meaning Thursday) that I’ve barely gotten any editing done – but more on that in a moment. Besides Christmas Prep (of which there was plenty) I also wanted to schedule all posts on here, so I don’t have to worry about anything while on my Christmas break.

Monday and Tuesday were spent doing just that – wrapping presents, one job application which took up the whole morning, writing more Christmas cards, preparing updates on here, and of course I had my usual Monday 10-Minute posts to do as well – which, by the way, you guys really blew me away this week with your comments and you all made my week ❤ If you haven’t read this week’s post already, you can do so here.

On Tuesday I asked for your opinions on what makes a book great and what puts you off, and I’ve had some great, useful feedback. I’m sorry I haven’t been able to reply yet – some of your comments are very detailed (thank you!!) and I want to be able to respond properly to everything you’ve said. If you haven’t told me yet what makes a book a success or a failure in your opinion, you can do so here if you’d like to.

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The mascot was doing what she does best getting in the way while looking cute

Wednesday was the first only day this week I got any editing done. I’ll do some more today but I got nothing done on Thursday so it’s been a pathetic week for editing. There’ll be no more until January, which makes my fingers twitch already. On the plus side, Cookie Break is all prepped and will continue posting over the Christmas Break, and into January! I’ll pop in here and there as well to reply to comments and see what you guys have been up to 🙂

I’ve had loads of ideas for the two sequels this week, and can tell you this- it’ll be a dark ride. A very dark ride. And then there’s the prequel I’m talking myself into… But it’s far too early to say anything more specific on that 😉 Notes have been taken. Be prepared.

Now, as I’ve mentioned before there’ll be no more Weekly Quotes and 10-Minute shorts come January. While Wednesdays will stay free for whatever else pops up I’ll replace the usual Monday posts with this:

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You probably won’t remember but a few months ago I bought this genius little book full of writing prompts, and that’s what I’ll be posting every Monday from January! Due to the space available in the book some posts will be quite short while others will be a fair bit longer, but I thought it’d be a fun way to mix it up a bit 🙂 I’ve scheduled the first two posts already and hope you’ll enjoy them as much as I have so far. I’ll be posting the prompts themselves as well so if you want to borrow any, go right ahead 🙂

 

Now, to the editing part of the week… It was pretty pathetic. I did two chapters in total, but sadly that was all I had time for. Honestly, I’m just glad I got this much done even if it looks like I haven’t touched it at all since last week. I was wondering about including a picture but since it’s changed so little from last week I wasn’t sure it’d be worth it. I’ll throw myself into it in January and would like to have gone over the second printed draft by the beginning of February, but we’ll see.

Onto the excerpt! But before that – Have a great Christmas, everyone! Enjoy all the food and the love, and thank you to everyone who’s made CookieBreak the amazing experience it’s been so far. I’ll see you all next year 🙂 (and what an exciting ride that will be!)

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‘We need to go. Get up.’

‘What do you-‘

‘Up. Now.’ Her intuition had saved her life many times. If it told her to run now she would run as fast as her split feet could carry her. She knew places in this town most people wouldn’t dream to go. Blackrock held no secrets for her. She had come to know all its shadows, all the tight alleys only children who were on the brink of starvation could fit through. All the small characteristics only someone who had to fend for herself out on the streets would know about.

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