Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Manuscript Is FINISHED!

There is always something that inspires my writing. Always. With FRIDAY LUNCH I actually met with a small group of my college friends the first Friday of each month for lunch. The story was not about me. It's true.. not me. That's another story for another time.

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! 


  1. Do you think your books will have a theme of every day of the week? Darrin

  2. Well, I know I have Sunday and Thursday already taken with books #3 and #4, so we shall see.

  3. Can't wait to read it. When will it be available?

  4. Hi Vanessa,
    Just wanted to come over and say hey! I'm doing the Fourth Writer's Platform.
    Congrats on finishing your book! I love the blue mugs story and love the title- my Mondays could use a blue mug!

  5. Congrats on finishing your manuscript! My favorite is that blue M&M mug. Blue's my favorite color :)

  6. Congratulations on finishing your manuscript. To finish anything can sometimes be daunting. I love the colour blue so great mugs! Your 2nd mug is my fav-the dreamer in me:)

  7. I love those mugs! And I know we're already connected, but I'm doing the rounds of my campaign groups. Nice to drop by again! :)

  8. I'm stopping by to check out your blog and say hello. Your book, FRIDAY LUNCH, sounds interesting. I've added it to my TBR book list.

    The A to Z April Challenge is what originally brought me to your blog. I'm also participating in the challenge. I look forward to seeing what you post. Have a great day!

  9. Hi from the campaign trail. :)
    Congratulations on finishing book 2, congrats on book 1, and I love the second and fourth mug. Super cool!

  10. Congrats on your recent accomplishment!

  11. I have the exact same mug in your second picture. Great for inspiration. :)

    Congratulations on your manuscript. It's very exciting when that's accomplished isn't it?