ODin’ on Dew!

So… how’s your summer going? I’d really like to push the “pause” button on mine. It is slipping away waaay too quickly.

Progress report: I’ve written the first quarter of the book (nearly 120 pages). Yes, I know. I really wanted to be further along as well. But considering I spent eight hours yesterday staring at my computer and went to bed with two paragraphs, I don’t know what to tell you. I’d try to force it, but then you’d hate it. Last weekend, the chapters were flying and I was so excited.

I think there’s a correlation between the Dew consumption and creativity. But after intravenously consuming it for three days straight, I think I built up a tolerance and it was making my brain scattered. Or maybe I was overdosing – either way, my dreams were messed up. I couldn’t sit still and I was unable to blink. I’m detoxing right now. I will return to my creative elixir once I get through the withdrawals.

The other reason, and probably the more accurate one, is that the next two chapters are HUGE to the story. VERY! And I’m psyching myself out. I have them choreographed in my head, but I get stage fright every time my fingers hover above my keyboard. I will write them and get past this anxiety attack, and they will be as emotionally charged as they should. I just can’t tell you when…

I apologize in advance for those of you who wanted this to be a beautiful love story. It is a love story. It is beautiful. And tragic. And soul wrenching. And it will make you experience every range of emotion you can possibly feel ~ even more so than its predecessors. But you will love it!

Side Note: Before I receive the onslaught of messages and emails fearing I am about to devastate the world. Please know that I may torture you, but I assure you that I’m not sadistic. And my message all along has been one of hope. Back to the summer… are you enjoying it? Go on vacation? Beach? Camping? How do you want to end your summer?

Want to visit me, Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines, Nichole Chase and a ton of other extremely talented authors in Decatur, Georgia? (Every time I type “Decatur” it makes me shake my head at the irony. Rachel does not live here, I swear!) We will be at the Decatur Book Festival from August 31st to September 2nd. I will have books to sign. Only the best online friv games are presented on this mega portal. Play online games on the friv games site with the whole family. You can take pictures, give hugs and yell at me (not too loud) for breaking your heart(as long as you don’t make me cry). http://www.decaturbookfestival.com/20…

In case Decatur just isn’t tempting enough for you, I’ll be in Chicago on September 29th from 1 to 4 at The Palmer House with Colleen Hoover, Abbie Glines, Tarryn Fisher, Jillian Dodd, Jenn Sterling, Stephanie Campbell and a ton of other indie authors. We will be quite ridiculous at this appearance, so I apologize in advance. It’s going to be a lot of fun for us authors to meet each other too!

I’m having the best time interacting with everyone on my Facebook page as you await Out of Breath! (www.facebook.com/thebreathingseries) You are all fabulous! I’ve even received some emails with suggestions on how to finish the series. So sweet! But the ending has already been determined.grinning

I will let you get back to your summer, and I will confront my anxiety and type these vital, story-altering chapters! No pressure of anything! deep breath

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