Happy Monday! The Winter Olympics are over and I can go back to my usual routines again (and try to be back into my "zen" mode). I'm bummed about the hockey results, as you can imagine. I actually woke up at 5 am to watch the gold medal match (mind you, I was out late for a friend's birthday celebration the night before), and once the third period rolled around, I gave up on Sweden. I had to tell myself that at least a New York Ranger came home with a gold...I still have to tell myself that just to feel better. At least I have baseball season coming up! :)
Now here's the really good news: I've started on the cohesion edits last week!
So that right there are all three books, printed double-sided (I LOVE my new printer). I was just going to do a small bit of editing at first, but then I realized that I was doing a major re-editing with book one. I want book one to match the strengths of books 2 and 3, so this part of the cohesion edit is going to take me quite some time. No complaints here, by the way. It's nice to be working on the books. I enjoyed my "vacation", but I don't feel so stir-crazy when I'm back in my writing world. I am crazy excited that book 1 will be out there in the late fall for you all to read. I can't wait!
As of right now, I've finished going through the first five chapters of Child of Blackwen. I already have about three pages worth of extra material to add from my editing notebook. I will be having my coffeehouse outings too, just to get a change of scenery. How I've missed those...
My Game of Thrones outings will continue as well, don't worry. Last Wednesday had to be my favorite one so far. And of course, I have some pictures to share:
I was the first in line this time around. I usually get there between 3-3:30 pm (it's a 15 minute walk from the house). The showing isn't until 7 pm, mind you.
This handsome fella here is Storm, an arctic wolf from the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary. I have now fulfilled a dream of not only meeting a wolf, but "loving" one as well. This was SUCH a magical moment for me.
Yes, I am very much a Kit Harington fangirl. I am extremely proud of myself for maintaining my calm demeanor (how my voice didn't waver when I spoke to him, I do not know!).
If you're wondering what my questions to him were, I'm more than happy to share. I first asked him who was his favorite co-star to film a scene with, and Kit replied that he had a group of favorites. He loves working with the brothers of the Night's Watch co-stars and Rose Leslie (Ygritte). My other question was that if he couldn't be Jon Snow, which other role would he have gone for? The answer made everyone in the theater cheer because this character is in the category of awesome: Bronn. Kit favors the line where Lysa Arryn says that Bronn did not fight without honor, to which Bronn replies, "No...he did.". I am glad that he is Jon Snow though! He plays him really well. Overall, the Q&A Skype session with Kit was awesome. I love these events, I really do. Happy moments like these bring good juju for my "creative spirit".
One more little tidbit to share! So of course I have a love for three animals in particular (Shadow is in a category all in his own): ravens, wolves, and foxes. There are ravens here all the time, so naturally, I feel a spiritual love there. They've been more active around the house lately - a couple of them have been hanging around in the yard (my room window faces the tree in the yard). Wednesday, I met and petted a wolf - a WHITE wolf with golden eyes (think of Cailean, even though the story says he has blue eyes, the white wolf totem character of my Shadow Walker piece, and for others, think of the white wolf with golden eyes pictures I used to have in my dorm back in the GMC days). Saturday night, there was a fox walking around downtown Santa Fe, a big one. All three animal totems in one week? Something's in the works...something good! :)