Edits Are Fun, Yeah Right!

Hello everyone! So I just wrapped up edits on my upcoming release, Rawhide Angel. Right now the copy editor has it and copy editor willing I’ll be done with that book after a great read through. While I wait my wonderful critique partner, Rebecca Zanetti mentioned a romantic suspense book that I had started awhile back. I actually wrote around 16k on the book before seeing something shiny and forgetting about it :). Now I’m reading through it and well, I like it. I mean I like all of it except my bad guy.

Sometimes I see these series in my head and honestly believe that I can pull off a trilogy. I had this in mind when I began this book. In fact, I know each character what their beginning is, their arc, and their end. All except my bad guy that is. Holy crap its hard to make a bad guy really bad. I mean, yeah I can say he’s just insane but come on, that’s just not gonna fly with an editor. Plus, I have three bad guys but only one is the ultimate villan. Oh I’m so out there on this one!!

One day I’m going to write a book on all the comments I make to myself while writing as well as all the comments that Rebecca says. Some of them make me want to scream, others actually help. While I was stressing out Sunday on how to manage my bad guys and their stories Rebecca simply said, “Tell one story at a time. Focus on one bad guy in each book.” Oh soooo simple. I’m very blessed to say that I am PLOTTING the first book out with limited book two focus. Of course I have to add a little here and there to work with in book two but I’m so happy now that my mind is not spinning out of control.

While I have your attention however, I’d like to say I wish you all a happy holiday season. Recently while I was working I was told that one of my students wasn’t allowed to participate in anything to do with Santa Claus. At first I thought it was because her religion didn’t believe in the celebration of Christmas. Over the years most religions have conceded that scholars are right and Christ wasn’t born in the fall and that early catholics picked the time to celebrate his birth to offset the pagan holidays. So I just assumed that was what it was with my student. However, I was wrong. Her family simply doesn’t believe in the commercialism of Christs birthday. They don’t believe in Santa or what he stands for. So, just out of curiosity I wonder what you all think? Me, I see what they mean but I also believe that Santa is a great tool. I told my children that Santa helps deliver presents and spread God’s message.


Thanks all,

Sayde Grace

3 Responses

  1. I see both sides of it too. My granddad was a minister and was totally against the commercialization of the holiday. So we were raised thinking Santa was merely a fable or fairy tale. But my husband and I do teach the tru meaning is Christmas yet also incorporate the mystique of Santa into our holidays. It was sad to me when my oldest learned the truth from another kid when he was only in 1st grade. My youngest is in 3rd grade and still believes everything!!! I think as long as we balance what we teach our children it is fine.

  2. With kids (and with many adults) the dazzle of tinsel and lights makes it hard to avoid the infection of commercialism. But even with the advertisements for the latest and greatest, it seems to me that hope and kindness somehow squeeze through. I feel it every time I hear the ringing of the bell by the volunteer standing beside the Salvation Army kettle.
    It’s hard to explain to kids, so you just have to show them. I think you got it right and said it beautifully: Santa is a tool.

  3. You know I have faith in you no matter how many times you set somethng down and then pick it up again, Cowgirl! And you know as well as I do that some things need to ferment a bit before we go back to work on them. (And your bad boys always work for me! lol)

    Hope you and yours are staying safe and enjoying the Christmas spirit. We all need to take a little time and help in the neighborhood or community, whether it’s ringing the kettle bell or feeding the less fortunate. We usually have what we call an ‘orphans Christmas dinner’ at our house, which is pretty much an open invitation to drop by any time during the day or evening to eat and visit. It’s always good to see old friends and make new ones.

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