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Progress Update – Last Update of the Year!

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 weekย with your comments and you all made my week <3 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.ย There’ll be no more until January, which makes my fingers twitchย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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:


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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚


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 ๐Ÿ™‚ (and what an exciting ride that will be!)


‘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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  1. Christmas is so time consuming. I’m flagging on the writing front this week, but we must enjoy the festivities! If you’ve managed to schedule all your blog posts, you’ve been extremely productive in my opinion ๐Ÿ™‚ *Putting me to shame*

    I look forward to seeing your new posts in January, and have a great Christmas & New Year!

    • It really is, but it’s only once a year so I justify the lack of editing that way ๐Ÿ˜‰ When you put it that way I suppose it doesn’t sound too bad ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ve been busy, too, Kay, no reason to feel shame! Weddings tend to keep people busy ^^

      A great Christmas and New Year to you, too ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Hopefully writing will pick up the pace after the holidays.

    Your cat is adorable!

    • It will do, I’ve just been preoccupied with Christmas prep these past few weeks.
      Thank you, she’s become the unofficial mascot of this blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. This time of year is always time consuming and hectic which causes problems for writers! It’s great that you got things done and you have a great plan for the new year. It’s been great reading your posts and look forward to many many more next year to see the delights you deliver.
    Have an amazing Christmas and New year celebrations ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you, the writing community has been amazing and I really look forward to chatting more next year ๐Ÿ™‚ I do have some more posts scheduled for this year, I just won’t have to do them on the day ๐Ÿ™‚ There are another two quotes, another two 10-Minutes, another two posts for Tuesdays… Still plenty to come ๐Ÿ™‚
      An amazing Christmas and New Year to you, too ๐Ÿ™‚

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