12.12.13

2131 excellent words today, most of which was written with a kitten stretched around my neck (Jordan), and another on my legs (Jameson), her small paws thrust under the bottom of my laptop, like there's a campfire in there, and she's out in the woods, chilled. Oddly enough, as I began to type this, up they both popped and took their positions, apparently summoned by my merely thinking of them. It strikes me that these positions, while fun and adorable now, might become rather difficult to manage as they get older. But for now, it's comforting to have a small beast who inexplicably smells like popcorn strung about my throat, and anther who works as a blanket across my knees. 

I'm still moving things around in the first section of the book, but I'm through Chapter 18 now, so there's been a lot of progress this week. I knew this was a week-long job, and it appears I was right on target. Hopefully i'll be done and on to the new stuff by Monday. And of course a neat idea presented itself today, so something I was going to delete stayed, and became a whole different scene. Love it when that happens.

My first drafts are always rough, lacking details unless I get carried away with a description, so I've taken the opportunity to flesh things out a bit too, which will help with the editing process down the road.

Must get a handle on Christmas - a bit more shopping to do, all the out of town stuff to be sent, the cards -- oh, the cards. Every year I swear I'm going to have some pre-printed, with a fun, happy picture and Love, JT and Randy printed on them, and every year, I end up doing my cards by hand. I guess I feel there's something nice about seeing actual handwriting, since we so rarely do anymore. 

And there's this whole other elephant in the room - WHEN SHADOWS FALL, which comes out in just over 8 weeks - on top of the deadline I'm under, and... yeah. Think I'll just go back to celebrating a 2K day and, you know, KITTENS!

Sweet dreams! 

J.T. Ellison

J.T. Ellison is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of fifteen critically acclaimed thrillers and is the co-author of the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. With over a million books in print, Ellison’s work has been published in twenty-five countries and thirteen languages. She is also the co-host of A Word on Words, Nashville's premier literary TV series, which airs on Nashville Public Television. She lives with her husband and twin kittens in Nashville. Visit JTEllison.com, and follow her on Twitter @Thrillerchick or at Facebook.com/JTEllison14.