December 25, 2018 Pretty Southern Novel

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Lauren Patrick is a native Southerner and the editor of Pretty Southern.com. She’s a member of the Atlanta Blogger Network and Atlanta Food Blogger Society. #LovetheSouth #GoDawgs Follow Lauren on Twitter

Dearest family, friends, and members of the Pretty Southern squad:

Hope all is merry and bright in your world. This has certainly been a wild year. Lord knows we’ve all been through a lot (some more than others) but we’ve stuck through it together. That’s just what we do 🙂

It’s crazy to think it was almost six months ago when I first let y’all know what I was up to with the Pretty Southern novel stories.

I was neither expecting a job change, nor the crazy timewarp that seemed to happen from football season through the holidays; but here we are, at nearly the end of another trip around the sun, and there is still so much work to do.

All I can say is thank you. Thanks for your continued support as I try to balance working + writing + everything else. It only seems fair to let y’all know there is a plan in place, and if anyone is interested in checking out the master outline, I’ll happily share it.

But first…

***SPOILER ALERT***
I’ve published the epilogue, the end of the first “part” of the Pretty Southern saga. After Macy and Campbell’s wedding, Macy’s daddy, Randy, gets indicted on charges of running a pyramid scheme. 

For something different, I put on my reporter’s cap and wrote Randy Cunningham’s Crimes & Conviction. Shoutout to Rachel Boyd for her copy editing/review + legal eagle Harry Dixon III for sharing his knowledge of white-collar financial crimes.

I’ve also published a couple other PS stories, none of which are quite right, but here they are for your consideration:
Grace Cunningham Falls in Love with the Boy Next Door
Georgia Katharine Cunningham – The “Li’l Liberal”
The Night Macy Got Engaged + the Pretty Southern Character Guide

Your thoughts and feedback are much welcome and appreciated as this is still very much a work-in-progress.

Fingers crossed I hope to get something big published before the end of this year so I (once again) don’t enter a new year feeling like a failure for not having finished this novel. Today, fearing I’ll once again fail, I was reminded of this marvelous quote from It’s a Wonderful Life: 

“Remember, no man is a failure who has friends.”

Thank you so much, dear reader, for always being there.

Love y’all and happiest of holidays,
Lauren

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