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Today December 18, 2015

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Homeschool:

Today we went to see The Nutcracker, which was awesome. Neither of us have ever been to the ballet before, so this was new and nifty. J. really enjoyed it.

Baking:

  • an indeterminate number of spritz cookies (I lost count).

This ends the holiday baking for 2015.

Writing:

I would have written more, but Nutcracker and baking. Spritz cookies are time consuming!

Total words today:  877 words

Total words on Burden of Truth: Book Two of The Rebel Mage

 

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In the home stretch December 17, 2015

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in baking, Best laid plans, Best planned lays, Burden of Truth, Counsel of the Wicked, forthcoming works, Happy Holidays!, Homeschool, progress, Rebel Mage, scores, Ta-da, the-end-is-near, to-dos, WIP, wordcount.
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Homeschooling:

With the exception of a field trip, our homeschooling is done until the new year. J. completed 4th grade math today, and did quite well on the (unannounced) EOC test that I gave him (for my own peace of mind. This homeschooling thing is new. I’m still not sure I’m doing it right).

Baking:

  • 2 dozen molasses cookies

Writing:

Total words today:  1,046 words

Total words on Burden of Truth: Book Two of The Rebel Mage

 

Busy! December 16, 2015

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in baking, Best laid plans, Best planned lays, Burden of Truth, children, Counsel of the Wicked, Forbidden Fiction, forthcoming works, Happy Holidays!, Homeschool, Rebel Mage, scores, Ta-da, the-end-is-near, to-dos, upcoming work, writing-mom.
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Homeschool:

Went to Yoga today, and finished up Life Science. We’ll finish Math and Handwriting tomorrow. The Odyssey will probably be done by the weekend.

Baking:

  • No baking today.

Writing:

Total words today:  1,135 words

Total words on Burden of Truth: Book Two of The Rebel Mage

 

A very good day December 15, 2015

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Homeschool:

Still in wrap up mode. Math, handwriting and The Odyssey. Found a documentary on Greek myths, but it was a bit too graphic for a nine-year-old.

Baking:

  • Three dozen oatmeal white chocolate cranberry cookies
  • Three dozen more chocolate chip cookies, because the first six dozen are all gone now (between husband’s work and the school where J. goes for gifted.)

There will be no baking tomorrow.

Writing:

Total words today:  1,997 words

Total words on Burden of Truth: Book Two of The Rebel Mage

 

Today in Writing Life December 14, 2015

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in baking, Best laid plans, Best planned lays, Burden of Truth, Counsel of the Wicked, Happy Holidays!, Rebel Mage, scores, Ta-da, the-end-is-near, to-dos, upcoming books, wordcount.
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Homeschool:

Wrapping up for the end of 4th grade math, finishing things up so we can start holiday on Thursday. J. started The Odyssey, and is enjoying it.

Baking:

  • 2 dozen Speculoos cookies
  • 6 dozen chocolate chip cookies.

Writing:

Total words today:  1,138 words

Total words on Burden of Truth: Book Two of The Rebel Mage

 

A light day. December 13, 2015

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Baking:

  • three dozen carob chip cookies (because allergies)
  • made the dough for speculoos cookies

Writing:

Total words today:  751 words

Total words on Burden of Truth: Book Two of The Rebel Mage

For anyone keeping score December 12, 2015

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in baking, Best laid plans, Best planned lays, Burden of Truth, Counsel of the Wicked, Happy Holidays!, Rebel Mage, scores, the-end-is-near, to-dos, upcoming books, WIP, wordcount.
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Baking:

  • Covered the three color cookies in white chocolate and cut them.

Writing:

Total words today:  1,172 words

Total words on Burden of Truth: Book Two of The Rebel Mage

End of the year scorecard December 11, 2015

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It’s the end of the writing year! I have a novel ALMOST done. I also have baking to do.So, let’s have some accountability.

Today’s score?

Homeschooling:

J. finished reading The Iliad. He also finished his 4-H Butterfly Wings workbook and took his second to last weekly quiz in 4th grade math. Cursive is coming along nicely, too. On target to finish 4th grade math next week. Debating on starting The Odyssey now, or waiting until January.

Baking:

  • one batch of coconut macaroons.
  • baked the layers for three color cookies and sandwiched them.
  • a dozen gluten-free cupcakes
  • one slightly odd Winnie-the-Pooh cake with leftover cupcake batter. (Well, I had this pan, you see…)

Writing:

As of 3:45 PM: No words yet today

Update as of 9:44 PM: 1,298 words.

Total words on Burden of Truth: Book Two of The Rebel Mage

Hey, where have you been? December 14, 2014

Posted by Elizabeth Schechter in award-winning, baking, edits, forthcoming works, heady praise, Marketplace, No Safewords, Sable Locks, The School, the-end-is-near, upcoming books, upcoming work.
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Yeah, it’s been almost a month. I know. Bad writer.

It’s been busy. The line edits on The School have gone off to editorial at Forbidden Fiction. We’ve been talking about changing the title there, but nothing has gelled yet. I have a couple that I like, but we have to nail it down. That will come soon, I think.

There have been a couple of story sales in the past month. One I can’t say because there hasn’t been a contract signed yet, but the other two… well, I’m proud of those, and very excited. I will have TWO stories appearing in the upcoming Marketplace anthology No Safewords 2!  One of them revisits Thomas and Eugenia from O, Promise Me!, my story in the first No Safewords anthology. The other story… well, I’ll leave you on tenterhooks for now.

In other news, I found out today that House of Sable Locks has made Erotica for the Big Brain’s Best of 2014 list.  I’m very excited about that!

Now, being as it’s been a busy year, and a stressful couple of months, I decided that once the line edits were in, I was going to take the rest of the year off. Reset my brain, read for pleasure, not do anything except for edits.

So… what does an erotica writer do when she’s resetting her brain?

Bake, mostly. LOTS of gluten free cookies:

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Almond Cranberry biscotti.

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Carob oatmeal lace cookies. Carob because both males in my house are allergic to chocolate.

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Italian three color cookies before assembly

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And after, covered with white chocolate. I forgot to take a picture after I cut them.

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Flourless peanut butter and jelly cookies

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And coconut macaroons.

Tomorrow, I’ll be making my mother’s recipe for jelly cakes (which probably have a proper name, but she never called them anything but jelly cakes), and on Tuesday, I’ll be making cookies for the teachers at my son’s school.

Why yes, this is how I relax.