Is It Spring Yet?

Spring is right around the corner. I keep feeling hints of it in the air. We’ve had two blessed Saturdays in a row where the weather was about sixty degrees and sunny. It feels magical after so many long weeks inside. 

My creativity seems to be bursting forth like snowmelt feeding a river. I’m making progress on writing two books simultaneously. One was planned — the other, not so much. But as long as the words are willing and I’m cozy in my nest during the last fits of winter, how can I resist?
Here’s an update on my progress since Wednesday:
Thursday: 600 words on my “just for fun” project. (Even though I said on Wednesday I’d be forcing myself to write on my primary WIP first…I never follow my rules. That would be too boring.)
Friday: A torrent!! 2,300 words on my primary WIP, with big happenings afoot in my made-up world. Fun, fun, extra fun. πŸ™‚
Saturday: 900 words on the primary WIP.
Sunday: 800 words on the primary WIP so far today. I’ll hit my “just for fun” project next if I have more time to spare. 
In the last week, I’ve written 4,000 words on the second Foulweather Twins book (my primary WIP) and 1,200 on my other project. I’ll take it!
In the coming week, I want to finish up my first run at formatting Queen Witch for paperback. I need to fix the beginnings of chapters the way I want them and add page numbers, and then I should be ready to submit it and order a proof copy. Speaking of, anyone know how long the turnaround for a proof is? Once my formatting is basically done, how long until I actually have books in my hands?
I also need to start incorporating revisions to Flight, the third novella in my paranormal romance series. This week I’ll yank my head out of the flow of the creative river, where I’ve been submerged at every opportunity, and fit in a couple of hours of work on that.
Alrighty folks. Real life calls. My poor hubby is working like crazy around the house today, and being SO nice to me while I write and dream, and ditch out on real life duties. I’m starting to feel guilty, so while my youngest naps I should probably start the laundry folding of epic proportions, and in general tidy up my happy little home. 
Have a great week, everyone!

About J.R. Pearse Nelson

J.R. Pearse Nelson is a native Oregonian, residing in the beautiful Portland area. She lives with her husband, two small daughters and the family dog. J.R. is always searching for the magic in our world. She weaves tales rooted in mythology, bringing legend to life in modern-day and fantasy settings. J.R. is the author of the Children of the Sidhe paranormal romance series, the Foulweather Twins fantasy series, and the Water Rites fantasy series. You can connect with J.R. online at her website. Visit

5 comments on “Is It Spring Yet?

  1. happy tidy afternoon – creative rivers are fantastic aren’t they – I thought spring was just around the corner and now it’s snowing again!
    dont think I can comment on turna round on proof copies being in another country – I always rekon on 7-10 days but thats here and I have only had two diff. printers so may be way out so I’ll leave it to US to rspond – I’ll just say all the best on that and for coming week:)

    PS nice husband there:)

  2. Wow! That is a LOT of words. And good for you, avoiding that sneaky side project!

    My only writing gets done while babies nap. Instead, I do the chores after they go to bed! hahaha πŸ™‚

  3. Great work, J.R.!

    Good luck on those page numbers. That’s the hardest part of formatting for me.

    CreateSpace usually gets my proof to me withing about 4 days of ordering it. πŸ™‚

  4. J.R.,

    I LOVE this post, and your energy is oozing out all over!

    Spring is a little slower coming to upstate NY. But there are bird a twittering, buds waxing, and we’re starting to move outside and go for walks again, between bouts of snow.

    My life got easier when I realized that no one else cares as much about the state of the house as I do. I call it hometending, and use the time for dreaming about stories….and to get my blood moving.

    And I, too, have a wonderful husband willing to pick up the slack, and that is a wonderful gift! =)

    May this week be even better!

  5. “..bursting forth like snowmelt feeding a river.” Loving that! And wow – you are rocking those words lady! Envy is “…bursting forth like snowmelt feeding a river” in fact πŸ˜€ I just try to do one at a time and that’s hard enough. Keep going and thanks for the enthusiasm. I needed some. X

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