WIPHappy Wednesday.  I have been SWAMPED this week and have neglected by blog a little.  But I want to make it up to you…so in addition to reporting progress, I’m going to give you a little teaser of the things I am working on.  Today you’ll get a tease of the NF book, and tomorrow I’ll post a tease of the WiP…Cool, yeah?

Okay, do progress.  I have had a terrific week.  I wrote three chapters for my nonfiction project about parenting gifted children, as well as the book proposal.  I have also written 12K new words in the WiP, for a total of 18K on that.  WOW.  The only thing I didn’t get to were the edits on the CHAOS trilogy. 

Oh well, can’t get it ALL done.

Here is a snippet of the NF parenting book I am working on:

Your ten-year-old child is easy to raise – most days.  The rest of the time she is a handful.   A big handful.  A bit of an enigma, she possesses qualities of being both highly intelligent and completely ignorant when it comes to the mundane.  She can be funny and make everyone laugh while also being serious to the point of critical.  Her empathy runs high, as she cries at the commercials about global warming.  Yet she criticizes her friends that don’t hold her world view and often insists to you that her way is always the better way.  

Her grades in school are good.  But, her teachers complain that she is often sloppy in her work, makes stupid errors on the simplest of math problems and misspells basic words.  She often chooses the road less traveled in all aspects of her life, wondering why others don’t see that it is – at least to her – the easier way.  Often a joy to be around, your child’s moods can swing from one extreme to the other.  The unbalanced nature of these mood swings causes you to question her emotional stability – and your own. 

If you had to summarize her in one word, you would call her intense. 

Parenting your child often leaves you frustrated as you vacillate between feeling lucky to have such a great kid and cursed for having to deal with her emotions. 

Is she crazy? Are you? 

Neither is true.  You’ve just stumbled into the emotional world of gifted children and the drama of parenting them. 

So, do you like it?  I will post a little of the WiP tomorrow.

How about you guys?  Was it a good week for writing….for life???


6 thoughts on “WiP Wednesday, June 24 – lots of progress…

  1. Oh my gosh, 18,000 words!? This snippet looks great. Definitely a book I’d want to read if I had a gifted child in that age group.

    As for us…we’re still procrastinating on starting something new. I had this fantastic dream last night about a new book idea and now I can’t remember it. I hate that.

  2. You got so much done! And your NF book sounds interesting. I love
    “Parenting your child often leaves you frustrated as you vacillate between feeling lucky to have such a great kid and cursed for having to deal with her emotions.”

    Great job!

  3. Lisa…I keep a digital recorder and a pad of paper next top the bed for just such reasons

    Annie – thank’s. The NF project is fun.

    Kristal – add a little giftedness to the mix and emotional rollercoaster becomes an understatement

  4. Wow, you’ve been such the busy bee! Impromptu gatherings aside, I’m feeling a twinge of green-eyed monster!

    Great snippet, by the way! Very interesting topic, by the way. As though girls are not emotionally intense enough 😛

    Nice work! So happy you’ve accomplished so much!

  5. 12K new words!??! Seriously, when I start on my next WIP you need to mail me whatever magic potion you are taking to get so many words down. And three non-fiction chapters on top of that. I am beyond impressed.

    Love the little snippet too – my little guy is very far from being ten-years-old, but it is interesting to read about nonetheless.

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