ain't we got fun tour | day three

I'm just going to steal Emily Ann's idea, and reminisce about the last crazy days writing the Ain't We Got Fun letters.

I suppose you all already know how we posted the letters on our blogs during the month of January as we wrote them. The first couple weeks we had written far ahead, and we had plenty of time to get the rest done. But then, as life caught up to us and things got busy, time crept up on us to get the last letters written. As Em said, she was at her expecting sister's house, and I was behind in schoolwork at the time, struggling to catch up and finish my first semester of the school year. Not only that, but I was living in a tiny apartment at the time with my rather large family. And we were in the middle of moving from the tiny apartment to a new house. And I was preparing to leave town for the entire month of February. Lots of moving, packing preparations, and schoolwork cramming for me. So, as the last couple letters suddenly demanded to be written, Em and I were both in the midst of crazy situations and had to buckle down and focus!

I honestly cannot remember when and how I wrote the very last letter. I do remember, however, filming the vlog to announce the end of the writing process and the beginning of the publishing process. I called Em that evening and we talked things over. I was also catching a cold, so my voice was raspy. It was the night before the vlogs were supposed to go up on the blogs, and we both were having major issues. Mine wouldn't upload and hers was glitching. It was a mess. Time and I don't tend to get along well at all, so when I have to race against it, I usually just scarcely win.

We ended up making it in time. Barely. I tore up to my attic and -- between coughs and a hoarse voice -- managed to film an awkward vlog. And Em ended up re-filming hers.

Ah. The joys of deadlines and writing issues. And technical issues. We both are sometimes technologically challenged.

(Curious about the vlogs? You can watch mine HERE and Emily Ann's HERE.)

Now on to today's stops on the blog tour! Emily Ann guest posted over at our friend Joy's blog, "Fullness of Joy." Care for a sneak peek? :)

"Many people are curious about how exactly we co-authored a book. I’m here to let you in on the process!

... Most of the letters contained new information that surprised the other writer! We really didn’t do a lot of plotting. We had vague ideas of where the story was headed, but we didn’t know how each other’s characters were going to get there. We really didn’t start plotting until the final letters. We had to make sure our endings were headed in the same direction. The writing was the best part! We were so excited to get an email from each other with the next installment! It was like opening a present … we had no idea what each other’s letters contained."

Ain't We Got Fun also received an applause from a sweet reviewer over at "AM Station."

"The characters of Bess and Gi are so unique to each other. They're clearly sisters, but also clearly very distinct people. I loved being a part of their joys and struggles. I came to feel as though I was one of them, privy to their thoughts and feelings. The character development was extraordinary. Even though Bess and Gi definitely were kept "in character" throughout the length of the book, they were clearly grown by the end."

We also received a shout-out on "Letters From Avonlea."

Thank you so much to all the bloggers who have helped out this week, and those who have expressed so much interest in our book! It's unbelievably encouraging. We love you all!

Oh, and one more thing ... don't forget to enter the giveaway! Open to U.S. residents only. I promise this is a giveaway you don't want to miss. :)

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  1. YAAAAY!!!! This is so exciting that you're publishing this!!! :D i first heard about Ain't We Got Fun when you and Emily Ann were publishing it on your blogs. :)

    1. Eeek, I'm so glad you're excited! :)