We did it! The book is now totally outlined, all the way to the end. Lots of happy dancing around here, especially because neither of us are outliners. But having a real live roadmap might be a welcome change, to be honest. And trust me when I say, two heads are definitely better than one. 

Over the past three days I've added 7000 to the manuscript. Love this forward momentum. Flying home tomorrow and I think I'm going to read and chill, then start again in earnest Saturday. I am now officially on deadline. I want my draft done in mid January so I have lots of time to edit, so I'm going monk for a while. Early to bed, early to rise, as few distractions as possible. 

Sigh. Best do my Christmas shopping on the plane, huh?  

We had a fabulous Christmas lunch with some of the coolest writers in the Bay Area today, too. There is nothing better than hanging around a bunch of authors. I've done it twice this week, and I'm telling you, I am energized and inspired by the amazing ladies I've been blessed to hang with.

Sweet dreams, chickens! 

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J.T. Ellison

New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes dark psychological thrillers starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the Nicholas Drummond series with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the premier literary television show, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.

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