Back from Death Valley

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Hi friends! We are back from death valley and slowly unpacking and doing loads of laundry. Unfortunately I used my wrist too much while camping. I'm not sure what I even did to re-injure it. Maybe lifting water bottles, the 2.5 gallon ones, or carrying grocery bags, but I thought after a month post-surgery I could carry light loads. Turns out I was wrong. My wrist is swollen and hurts and I can't use it currently while it heals again.

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I've got my follow-up appointment with the surgeon this Tuesday so hopefully he'll say I just need to rest it. In the meantime I'm writing this post with voice to text in my Gmail client, then I'll copy and paste it here. Please forgive any typos or weirdness with the way this is written as it's really spoken.

(They only look like mean, tough guys :) )

(They only look like mean, tough guys :) )

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The image above is of my friend Ryan reading the most current draft of the rebel heart manuscript. Ryan was mentioned in the exclusive content I sent in April. It was on his boat that Eric took me to Catalina for the first time. Ryan and Eric are close friends and were each others best men at their respective weddings. Ryan is also the girls' godfather. I brought the manuscript to the camp out and asked him to review all the parts he's in for accuracy.

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We rented a group campsite at panamint springs in death valley and the group site included this little stage. My oldest, Cora, wrote some mini plays while we were there and all the kids performed them over the course of a few days.

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We also hit up the nearby sand dunes which were perfect to visit in the winter. I'll be sharing a few more images over the next couple of days on social media since it's easier to post a pic then write right now.

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Hope you had a wonderful New year. I'll let you know how the doctor's visit goes. Here's hoping I heal quickly. No more lifting anything. at all. LOL


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Last Post of 2018

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I drove down to San Diego on Christmas to stay alone for a few days at a friend’s house who is out of town. I’ve been doing my regular day job and working on edits. My agent already finished the line-by-line edit of part 1 and I just sent back all corrections to her. Now I wait for her work on parts 2 and 3 and I’ll send my responses back to her as soon as I possibly can.

I’m staying at my friend, Katie’s house. She is a patron too. Hello, Katie! She has a darling dog named Jake, and I take him on frequent walks when I need to stretch my legs and give my recovering hand a break. 

Walking Jake yesterday in Clairemont, a neighborhood in San Diego.

Walking Jake yesterday in Clairemont, a neighborhood in San Diego.

So it’s been a couple of days since I’ve talked to Eric. When I go away I really go away. Eric and I can go for 2, 3, 5, sometimes 6 or 7 days without talking when we travel. We both get ‘in the zone’ and I know that might seem weird to some, but it works for us. The whole point of leaving is to focus on whatever we’re doing. Eventually, we start to miss each other and the kids. 

Today on one of my Jake walks I called Eric and he asked me how it was going. And I said, “I’m so close. So close to being done.” 

He said, “It does feel like that for you. You’ve been working your ass off.”

And I have. Writing a book is a ton of work but I’m rounding a corner now and it’s exciting. The edits are small changes. 

- Fix a sentence here. 

- Double check a fact there. 

- Add a little bit more feeling as opposed to relying on metaphor in one spot.

- Smooth out a transition in another.

This is new and it’s exhilarating because it means some of the hardest parts of this step, the edit letter step (which can sometimes be multiple edit letters) is coming to completion. I’ll keep you posted along the way, but I can feel the beginning of 2019 just around the corner and we’ll be heading into a next step of getting the Rebel Heart book published soon.

Thanks for your patience. Thanks for your support. 

Have a fantastic New Year. See you in 2019!!

All the best,

Charlotte


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