My busiest November yet + a Christmas story teaser, by Amanda Kai

My busiest November yet + a Christmas story teaser, by Amanda Kai

November is a time for giving thanks for our blessings, and a time to be with family and friends. For many authors, it’s also a very, very busy time, because November is also known as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo for short). The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a 50k word novel, from scratch, in just one month (no easy feat!), and there are contests and prizes related to it even, so it’s a big deal for a lot of authors. But whoever decided to put it in the same month as Thanksgiving ought to be shot! (Just kidding!)

This year, I’ve decided to give myself my first “unofficial” NaNoWriMo challenge in order to finally finish my work-in-progress– unofficial because I won’t be starting completely from scratch, since I plan to recycle some of the scenes I wrote previously (so I can’t qualify for any prizes this year). But basically, I’m starting over again on this book. My hope is that by the end of this month, I’ll have a completed novel (or at least nearly completed!) that I can release to you in the early part of next year, which would be very exciting news! Because of all this, I’ll be working very hard the next few weeks, so if you don’t hear from me in a while, I haven’t dropped dead; I’m just chained to my computer, lol!

Cartoon of a woman trying to reach her November NaNoWriMo goal
Me, for the whole month of November this year

But don’t worry, I’ve also got something else up my sleeve for you. I’ve recently written a Christmas short story as a companion to my full-length story about Charlotte and Mr. Collins, “Marriage and Ministry.” This new short story, which I’m calling “Christmas at Hunsford Parsonage”, will be part of a Christmas anthology with several other authors. It will be coming out towards the end of the month. It will be available in both English AND Spanish, I’m excited to say, and best of all, it will be FREE! If you want to make sure you don’t miss this collection when it comes out, sign up for my email list so you’ll be notified when it’s available. 

The premise of my short story is cute: Charlotte wants her first Christmas married to William to be special, but a mischievous kitten and the threat of an influenza epidemic upset her plans. Will Christmas be ruined?

Here is a teaser from the story for you to enjoy!


Thomas Kinkade Cobblestone Christmas
I picture Hunsford Parsonage at Christmas like this Thomas Kinkade painting, “Cobblestone Christmas”.

Confident that William would be occupied until dinner, Charlotte dared to break out her knitting basket again. She sat in her favorite chair by the drawing room fire, where the little black and white kitten had curled himself up to sleep. Presently, though, he awakened from his catnap and began toying with the ball of yarn at Charlotte’s feet. 

“No, cat,” she scolded. Placing him further away, she took the ball and placed it up on her footstool. This did not deter the little furball. The kitten leapt onto the footstool and resumed playing with the new toy he had found. He swatted it across the room, then dashed after it. Charlotte sighed and set down her kitting. She crossed the room and picked up the yarn. Then, she had to extricate the long thread from the kitten’s paws and rewind it. A wiser Charlotte would have set aside her knitting until another hour, but she was so determined to finish her project before Christmas, she left the scarf unattended in her chair and went to see if Mrs. Perry might have something she could make into a cat toy to keep her new houseguest occupied. 

Mrs. Perry found some frayed ribbons in the rag bag and fashioned them into a sort of knotted ball with tassels. Hoping the cat would be pleased, Charlotte returned to the drawing room to give him the prize…and was rewarded with an ugly scene. 

 Yarn was strewn everywhere. All the pastel colors for the baby had been unwound and criss-crossed from corner to corner. And through it all wove a thread of the brightest red hue. The scarf, or what was left of it, lay at the end of the tangled web, with the knitting needles yanked out from it. Three weeks’ worth of knitting, gone. And Christmas, right around the corner!


Sign up so you’ll be among the first to know when the Christmas Anthology containing “Christmas at Hunsford Parsonage” comes out

Until next time, Happy Reading,

Amanda Kai

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Jean Stillman
Jean Stillman
November 14, 2021 8:54 AM

Pets have a way of quickly destroying our projects. Our dog has done that to my quilting more than once. She seems to think it is her new place to nap.

Look forward to the story

November 13, 2021 3:11 PM

I used to have a cat, they are fun loving creatures but they do cause some mischief. Looking forward to this enticing story.

J. W. Garrett
J. W. Garrett
November 12, 2021 5:34 PM

Oh, how cute… um… poor Charlotte. My mother did NOT like cats. I think she was allergic or simply didn’t like them rubbing up against her. Plus, she was afraid of being tripped. So, we never had cats. This sounds so cute. I wonder what Charlotte will do now? I guess we’ll find out. What a cute picture you chose. Now we know what the culprit looks like. Bless his heart. He/she is too sweet to be so bad.

Linda A.
Linda A.
November 12, 2021 4:16 PM

Good thing they are so cute at that age, keeps you from getting too mad. Just look at that face!

cindie snyder
cindie snyder
November 12, 2021 10:24 AM

Sounds great! Love the excerpt nothing cuter or more frustrating than a mischievous kitten!lol

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