Keeping Busy

The Mousetrap Killer has been with its beta readers for two-point-five weeks. That is the longest I’ve gone without working on it since I typed the first words nearly one year ago. It’ll be good to get away from the book for a while—I’ll be able to take the feedback from the betas with a fresh mind after a bit of time off.

I occasionally find myself thinking about a particular scene or subplot, but I force it out of my brain. At times it feels like depriving yourself of seeing an old friend, which isn’t great, but it’s for the better in the long run.

I’ve been keeping busy in the meantime. Gearing up for the holidays, looking at Christmas lights with the family, and all the other festivities that lead up to the big day have taken a hefty chunk out of the calendar. The timing has worked out perfectly to get the book out of my hands for a while.

I also built a faux fireplace as part of my wife’s Christmas present. It’s not functional, but hopefully it’s pleasing to the eye. This project was fun, and the best part was that I got to work on it with my dad. I learned a lot about cutting crown molding, mostly lessons learned from my mistakes!

Fireless faux fireplace, folks.

I also figured out what book I’ll write next. I have a few ideas popping around, but I decided on a thriller based in a theme park. The concept came to mind while my family and I drove to Disneyland last year. I won’t go into detail just yet, but I’m excited to write this story. I’ve begun the outline, and it’s playing out like a movie inside my mind. Anyone know Chris Pratt?

That’s all for this year. I hope you enjoy (or have enjoyed) whatever winter holiday you celebrate and have a happy new year. See you in 2019.

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