Belief is a power all in its own. People believe in divine forces, wishes, in each other, holidays, etc. When you suffer from one week of laziness, you believe the next week will be more productive (which it was). When you realize that hardly anyone in this world can appreciate a holiday anymore because retail stores has supplies for that said holiday months in advance, you believe that there are SOME people left who understand that Thanksgiving should NOT be skipped because of the need to buy cheaper priced Christmas gifts on that very day (and while there aren't many of them, I'm happy that there just are those people left in the world...isn't it ironic that the media is focusing on a holiday that is perceived to be the one where we're expecting something to be given to us rather on the holiday that is perceived to be the one where we should be thankful for who and what we even have?). And when you know that there is supposed to be snowfall during the weekend and you only get a dusting, you believe that perhaps the next day will be better concerning the amount the sky spews forth.
I'll let these do the talking:
Fair warning to any who want to live in New Mexico: people will think you live in Mexico, Arizona, or California. I guarantee that many of your friends and relatives won't remember that New Mexico is a part of the United States, let alone realizing that it is a "high desert" in the mountains so yes, we'll get all four seasons. Either way, you'll still get comments like, "It snows where you live?" or "Um, why are you still so pale when you live in hot weather?". I should start charging whenever I hear those comments, I might get my books published faster! I'll charge double for the "you speak perfect English!" or "did you need a passport?" comments! :)
Anyways, the snowfall yesterday was really great. Shadow loves the snow and he was super enthused when I took him off leash in the yard so he could fool around. We even managed to play a decent game of tag! For the remainder of the day, he could not wipe the tongue to the side grin he flashed after playing in the snow. I joked around before saying I should invest in a sled and let him pull me around in the yard when it snows like this, and the funny part of it all is that Shadow would really love that. He even understands "mush". Ah, the joys of owning a husky mix!
Editing update! I was way more productive last week. I should also thank the song, "I See Fire" by Ed Sheeran; I've been in a craze since the second Hobbit movie is coming out soon and interestingly enough, the song makes me think of book 3 too. I started last week with chapter 5, and I'll be starting on chapter 13 this week (most likely tomorrow as I am a bit under the weather today). I'm going to need a new Sharpie pen too; I started with a brand new one for this set of editing, and so far, there isn't a single page without some pink scribbles, drawn lines, and added content. And yes, I did write "pink". My red one is dead after going through ALL the edits of books 1 and 2; may it rest in peace.
Has anyone ever had a moment where you're editing and you write down a new sentence, only to find a similar sounding one a few paragraphs later? That's been occurring quite a bit through this first content edit. The other funny part is that while book 3 is considered new territory for me, I did have ideas about how my then trilogy now full on series was supposed to go back at 13. The point? I found that some of those ideas I hadn't seen since that age actually found its way somehow in book 3. You know what they say, what's meant to be will be and make itself work. Believe hard enough, and things shall happen!
Seeing as how today I feel, well, plain ol' blah, I'm going to do the unthinkable and let myself rest. Maybe I'll sneak in some of the Lilith Saintcrow novel I just started reading, or maybe I'll return to my old school Zelda games which I started up again this past weekend. Sleep first, that's for sure. And lots of tea. LOTS.