September’s here. Finally.

I feel like the title of this post should be back on the wagon, but in all honesty I didn’t fall off a wagon — it just seems like I did.

Over the summer I edited my book, not once, not twice, but three times. I pitched it (successfully I might add), submitted it, and even got some responses. Now, I’m playing the waiting game. Waiting to see who will send revisions first or if another contender might drop in with different ideas.

Besides all that going on, it’s also been back-to-school time. It’s the time of year I both look forward to like a kid at Christmas and dread like a convict walking toward the death chamber. Yeah. I love that the kids are off to school all day every day, but I have a unique situation with my oldest kid. He’s brilliant. Like the kind of brilliant that makes me believe he’s got the potential to cure cancer some day, or something equally amazing, because he’s got this intense focus on things that interest him. For example, he’s learning Java, and no, not the coffee to this proud mama’s chagrin, the coding language. Why? Because he wants to personalize his Minecraft mods. Did I mention he hasn’t have a double-digit birthday yet? Yeah. Super smart.

Of course I was a smart kid too (not his level of smart mind you, but not too bad if I do say so myself- which I do) and being a smart kid doesn’t always make you a popular kid. And it sure as hell doesn’t make going to school an easy task. Sure school is easy work-wise, but it’s B-O-R-I-N-G as hell and sometimes kids are mean to people who are smart.  I get it, it’s tough. So, the beginning of the year has a unique set of parenting challenges that differ from year to year. Thankfully, we are making it through these weeks with the love and support of my amazing family and friends. Without them, I’d be hairless and he’d over caffeinated, because when all else fails, have a coffee, right????  Not winning mother of the year over here. I’m well aware. But we are having a hopping start to the school year. And the youngest wants to literally climb the walls for her b’day celebration. Oh, and did I mention that she wants Groot cupcakes? You know, like from Guardians of the Galaxy. Yeah. I’m working on that too. And the PTA. And soccer.

Do you see my sucker tattoo?  Everyone does I think! 😀

But, the good news is that the first book I wrote (I feel like I mentioned it here a year or so ago) was crap. In fact it was so bad, that I shelved it with a dagger to keep it from coming back from the dead. UNTIL NOW.  I finally pulled it’s dagger and took a good hard look at it. And guess what?  It still sucks. So I’m rewriting the whole thing. New plot. Better characters. Conflict and torture galore. And I might be slightly in love with my hero, Charlie. I loved him before but now the book is his story so I get the opportunity to spend a good chunk of my day in my head with him. And he’s awesome.

Not to say Simon from the first book in the series isn’t great. He is. Just in different ways. Simon’s the sweet, nerdy type with a quiet nature and a stubborn streak. Charlie’s a larger than life introvert that masquerades as an Alpha extrovert who will go to any lengths for the woman he loves even though he knows he can’t have her.

*Sigh*

There’s something awesome about writing these characters into existence. So, I am off to go spend more time with Charlie until I have to get the kids to bed. Then, I’ll curl up with him and we’ll chat until we’re both too tired to speak and fall asleep in the warm cocoon offered by someone who knows you better than you know yourself.

Cheers~ Jeni

P.S. What makes a hero speak to you in a book? I’d love to know.

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