I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I certainly did. It's nice to have a weekend now to "continue to relax" (which I can do, since I didn't host Christmas or Christmas Eve haha).
I'm quite excited to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens tomorrow with my family. It's a late birthday present for my brother, who just turned 28 (what a youngster! haha). Even though I was never a huge fan of Star Wars, it will be fun to see the original actors reprising their roles. Plus, it's been a little while since I've been to the theater (I saw Jurassic World over the summer, and before that I can't even remember the last time I went - I think to see Life of Pi?), though I usually enjoy the experience.
On the writing front, I've finished the rough draft of Picket Town, so I'm pretty stoked about that. It took pretty much exactly six months to do that, and as you know, I'm a slow revise-as-I-write kind of writer. If you're curious, the draft clocked in at just shy of 48K words, which is in the sweet spot for middle-grade. The next phase is to leave it alone for a month, then reread/revise it on my own, followed by retrieving feedback from beta readers and critique partners. So there are still a few phases before this puppy gets sent out into the cold, dark publishing world haha. In the meantime I'm compiling a list of literary agents, and working on my query letter, log-line, and synopsis, so I'm certainly staying busy.
Happy holidays, all!