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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Surgery Tomorrow!!

The face I made Tuesday night on November 27th when I sent the next round of edits back to my agent.

The face I made Tuesday night on November 27th when I sent the next round of edits back to my agent.

Hello friends!

Surgery is tomorrow! I’m trying to keep my writing to a minimum until then, so here’s a quick update to let you know my November Retrospective email just went out. You can read it here and subscribe to my monthly email list here: bit.ly/CharlotteEmailList 

Hoping I’ll be able to type again before the holiday so enjoy these first weeks of the month and try not to let the holidays stress you too much.

All the best,

Charlotte


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November: holidays, writing update, and carpal tunnel surgery

Hello friends!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday break with limited family drama and lots of down time. For Thanksgiving, we talked to our kids about what really happened on Thanksgiving and discussed why they learn a white-washed version of the story in school and then we talked about what ‘white-washed’ means. I posted a bunch of links here on Facebook if you want to check them out. I also suggest reading Daniel Quinn’s, Ishmael, to get a feel for how the voice of mother culture repeats narratives that aren’t true. There is a YA version of the book too, called My Ishmael as well.

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Our friends all ate at their holiday meals at their own places and then came over to ours in the evening for snacks, drinks, dessert, and board games. We played Ticket To Ride – Rails & Sails (the Great Lakes version) and two of the oldest of our group’s kids joined us (and almost won!)

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The very next day while Eric was on the mountain snowboarding (yes, we have snow here and enough to ski and snowboard!) the girls and I put up the winter holiday decorations. I put them up early because the lights help keep me out of the worst of seasonal depression. You gotta do what you gotta do. It’s basically hygge and if you haven’t heard of hygge I suggest you google it right away!

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I also did it because this coming Monday, 12/3, I’m having carpal tunnel surgery on my right wrist. I’ve been treating it with steroid shots every six months for the past two years because I really wanted to finish the Rebel Heart manuscript before I was out of commission on typing for a bit. The surgery, however, is the best long term option for someone who writes for a living and is physically active too (I miss doing push-ups and knuckle push-ups hurt!)

Day 2, hour 8 of editing.   : pours more coffee and gets to work :

Day 2, hour 8 of editing. : pours more coffee and gets to work :

So the manuscript, where am I on that you ask?

I’m almost done with the current rounds of edits from my agent. I needed to do a complete read through and I’ve done that with part 1 and part 2 of the manuscript. I spent six hours on Saturday and six hours on Sunday at the local co-working space to accomplish that. Tonight and tomorrow I’ll go in the evening for about three hours each night to finish the read through and required edits on part 3 and then I’ll send it back to the agent. 

It will be perfect timing as far as the carpal tunnel surgery goes because when the agent gets the manuscript back from me, she’ll be doing her own line-by-line read through, and that will take time. So I’ll rest and heal my wrist while she does her reviewing magic.

But when is the book coming out? We’ll submit after the first of the year though because pretty soon the whole publishing world will be on vacation or otherwise busy for the upcoming holiday season. Trust me, I’m gonna keep you posted! Publishing a book takes time and the supporters of authors are the most loyal and patient fans there are because of this. Thank you for patience, your support, and joining me on this journey together!

All the best,

Charlotte


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