I've been struggling with the ending of book #2 for some time now. How to end a book is much harder than writing one to me. It's hard to release those characters and say goodbye. Book #2 had an outline long ago, but life got busy with single parenting and with the editing and publishing of FRIDAY LUNCH.
I thought about that unfinished manuscript a great deal and realized this is who I am... who I've dreamed of being my entire life... the who I am when everything else around me doesn't make sense. I couldn't put that part of me on hold. It had to be finished or a part of me would become stagnant. Been there.
I have a story about the inspiration for my second novel. When I graduated high school I had just about the best friend anyone could have. She knew me better than anyone in my life. She also knew I loved my coffee. When it was time to leave for college, I was moving away and she was going to college close to home. She gave me this mug.
It's a bit worn, but my favorite. I took it to college and it saw me through the all night studying. It saw me through those early mornings for work at 5 am. It saw me through graduate school. It saw me through love. It saw me through heartache. It was with me while living in a foreign country, through 11 moves, and back home again. My world traveling, long haul, through the valley and on the mountain top kind of mug. If you come to my house you will not be offered this mug. :)
More blue mugs have made their way into my home. There's the blue mug I like to use when I write.
I have the blue mug I bought in Disney World, and it has become my hot chocolate mug.
The fourth to enter was from a friend. I think everyone needs an M&M mug.
That's the lineup. That first blue mug however was the true inspiration for book #2, Blue Mug Mondays.
Now that I've finished writing it, it's time to go back through and edit a bit. The great thing about editing Blue Mug Mondays..... I can now work on book #3, and the writing has already begun!