Cultivate a friend whose ways are seven: He gives what is hard to give, does what is hard to do, bears what is hard to bear, he confesses his own secrets and keeps your secrets, in times of trouble he does not forsake you, and he does not forsake you when you are down. - Buddha
I just want to give a quick shout out to all my friends for all your support over the past year. I could not have made it through without you.
I'm neck-deep in a mega project for work, and still writing, despite the circumstances. Yesterday I mapped out the middle of the novel. I think it needs some more work. Looking at it today, it seems too short. Jim Butcher's lessons on Scenes, Sequels, and The Great Swampy Middle have been extremely valuable in this process. Everything he's said, just click-click-clicked in my brain. It's been a long time since anyone was able to inspire me that much.
Surprisingly, olives have also been extremely valuable to this process. I've had a hankering for blue-cheese-stuffed olives, but I've been unable to buy any. However, garlic-stuffed olives have been a delicious substitute (and probably better for me in the long run, since I seem to be allergic to cow's milk.) Who knew olives helped the writing along better than *whispering* chocolate?
To all my friends south of the border, Happy Thanksgiving!