I'm still neck deep editing Alternate before it goes to my editor, the amazing and awesome Raine Thomas. For now I'm going over comments that my Alpha reader, the equally amazing and awesome, Lindsay, has written out for me to continue polishing this manuscript.
It feels as if I've been working on Alternate for a long time. I actually had to rewrite the first draft after Fissure's edits changed things in the future. (No, seriously, time benders are so moody) The first draft was written in less than two months, considering all the previous things that had happened, and also the things that needed to happen in the book. So I've been editing pretty much, on and off, since June/July 2014. And I'm not done. I know, I know.... soon--ish.
Since the end of the year, I discovered PiYo, a new Beachbody work out. I've tried them before. I did Insanity and also, T25, but I was always having problems. Knee problems, back problems, then I had trouble with my blood pressure, so I had to stop exercising. When I was given the go ahead again, I started Yoga T25 and ballet exercises, until I heard about PiYo.
I've been doing PiYo for only two weeks, actually tomorrow is the last day of my second week. So I'm still huge, but I can see the HUGER difference that PiYo has done to my body.
Top pictures are from my first day, December 29th 2014. And the bottom ones are from today, January 10th, 2015, I'm quite chuffed about the differences that I can see in my body. So I shall be worshiping at Chalene's alter for a while. I'd not had a great experience with Turbo Fire, but I can definitely say that I'm loving PiYo, even though sometimes I want to not do it. However, seeing the results, and how much more flexible I am, is a great encouragement.
Besides Alternate and PiYo, I'm also working on a New Adult story tentatively called Fighting Gravity, but because I think the title is Lame, it'll probably change. Also I'm still unsure about a different pen name for my New Adult stories,... so that can change as well. :)
I love this story so much, I did a mock up cover. :) So this story will be my first foray into the New Adult territory. I'm in love with Henry and Gracie, and as you can probably tell from the mock up cover... London will feature prominently in the story. Ah, yes... my love affair with England continues.
Before I finish this post, I want to say that this week the whole world woke up stunned to the news of the terrorist acts in Paris, France. For those of you who know, and those who probably don't know, my husband is from France, and we lived a year in Paris and two in Normandy. I feel very much Normand, after almost 16 years of marriage. So we were quite shocked by everything that has happened this week, but we believe in the goodness in the hearts of everyone across the world. Let's strive to make this a better world, shall we? And please, remember to say a prayer for everyone who passed away or was touched by these tragedies.
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Ahmed Merabet, policeman
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