When the cast of Schitt’s Creek helps you make an announcement, you know you’re kind of a big deal

Well hello there, you gorgeous thing, you! It’s been awhile. Did you miss me?

Because I sure missed you.

You might be thinking: ‘Well, then, spend more time here, DUMMY. It’s YOUR blog.’

And that would be fair.

Those of you who have been with me for awhile know that I started this blog initially because I was looking for connection with other like-minded folks. You know, of the super-awesome variety.

And I still am. I crave that ‘I-know-you-and-I see-you’ level of connection like I crave chocolate chip cookie dough. Which is fiercely and often.

So why the heck am I not spending more time HERE, sharing my stories and making said connections? Considering that Google gives higher priority to websites with fresh content, why am I not smashing the keys on the regular?

Friends? I have been smashing the keys, just not here on the blog.

Remember the [bold and slightly manic] proclamation I made in this post last September

By September 1, 2021, I will have completed the first (freakin’ awesome) draft of my (freakin’ awesome) novel for (freakin’ awesome) young adults.

Well…

I did it, [she whispered]

[Clears her throat]

I wrote a novel.

YOU GUYS, I WROTE A FREAKIN’ NOVEL!

Um, David! She wrote a freakin’ novel!

On July 26, 2021, surrounded by the dinnertime preparation chaos at my Dad’s place in the mountains of Quebec, I smashed the last key on my story.

178 pages.

69,990 words. (Yes, Dad, I will find a way to write ten more words to “really make it impressive”.)

Eleven months of consistently showing up in the wee hours of the morning have culminated in the completion of a goal that has haunted me followed me like a shadow haunted me for nearly twenty years.

TA-DAH!

So now what?

No…seriously…now what?

Since I’m kind of winging this whole ‘write a novel’ thing, I think I’m going to defer to the sage advice of Stephen King and ‘let it rest’.

I’ll tuck my pages away somewhere safe (and leave myself a post-it note so I can find them again) and mark my calendar for a date two months from now – at which time I will read my story from start to finish. In between now and that date, I will focus my attention elsewhere. As a mom, wife, teacher, and aspiring-…er…-person-with-low-body-fat, I don’t think I will struggle to find ways to use that now-vacated 4:30am morning slot. Maybe I’ll even show up here more regularly.

I know I’ll likely cringe through much of my first read-through in a couple months. And while I’ll look forward to the revisions with as much enthusiasm as I look forward to deciding what to serve my family for dinner (which is not much), I know they are a critical part of the process.

But on the other side of that process, Friends?

BETA READERS!

I’m hoping for this reaction from my beta readers.

But I understand that some people will feel more like this:

Them’s the breaks.

Thanks for sticking with me through my prolonged absence, my inconsistent posts, and my general (adorable?) befuddlement. Maybe, sometime down the line, I’ll be hitting you up to read this little story I wrote…

15 thoughts on “When the cast of Schitt’s Creek helps you make an announcement, you know you’re kind of a big deal

  1. And it happened under my roof too! Félicitations Kelly! I remember first hearing about it years ago and you did it! I was keeping the children quiet and away from you while you wrote the last words of that long project. Impressed by the consistancy and the discipline it required..bravo Kelly!
    On est fiers de toi!

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    1. the happily anchored nomad

      Thanks Lucie! The final ‘key smashing’ would definitely have been delayed were it not for you wrangling the monkeys..er…I mean, my sweet children 😊

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  2. Laura

    *Pulls out folding lawn chair, coffee in hand, to get a first in line spot as a beta reader*

    Kelly, you never cease to amaze me! Congratulations!!! This has been a true labour of love and I can’t wait to read it!

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    1. the happily anchored nomad

      Thank you, darling! I can just picture you with your lawn chair and coffee lol! (I don’t think you will need to line up, though 😉) Thanks for being such an amazing cheerleader for this crazy goal, and allll the other ones too! xo

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