Archive for May, 2008

Don’t know what to do with myself

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Okay, I’ve waited two weeks to find out how many revisions I’m going to have on NUTCASE, but the good news is my editor loves it.  Whew, what a relief!  She was surprised that I was surprised she liked it, but I never know if I’m writing crap or if the book is going to fly.  Anyway, I decided to use the time to get caught up on my life. I cleaned out my closet, the attic, my office, and did my taxes.  I still have more to do in my house, but I don’t want to get carried away, you know? Like the title says, I don’t know what to do with myself, and one day I was actually bored!  Bored?  Me?  Now that’s something you won’t usually hear from me because I don’t often have time to get bored. I didn’t realize how desperate I was until I saw a commercial for Rosetta Stone, which promises to teach a foreign language quickly. I considered learning how to speak Swahili, not because I’ll ever use it but because I would impress people.  I mean, how many people know how to speak Swahili? I also considered getting back on my exercise program, but I think it would be easier learning Swahili. When I exercise, I perspire, and I hate that. Also, my muscles are going to be sore, and who wants to deal with that! Unfortunately, I usually put on a few pounds with each book, but it was worse this time because I missed my deadline. When I’m stressed I eat chocolate.  I really have to find another food to get me through all the stress, but who wants to eat raw carrots or broccoli? I can’t even spell broccoli — I had to look it up in the dictionary. I don’t think I should be forced to eat something I can’t even spell, you know?

From one tired author…

Monday, May 26th, 2008

From one tired author…
Just wanted to let people know I haven’t left the country, although I would love to have a nice vacation about now.  I turned in my manuscript for NUTCASE on May 14th and as of today, May 23rd, I am still walking around in a daze.  For almost a week I couldn’t bear the thought of entering my office OR turning on my computer.  I haven’t heard back from my editor as to whether I’ll have revisions, but then I’m in no hurry because I’m waiting for my brain to heal.  I have really enjoyed the feedback I’m still getting on WHAT LOOKS LIKE CRAZY.  The E-mails really kept me going during the last month of around-the-clock writing.  Why do so many authors put themselves through such torture?  My problem is that I’m OCD, and I have to rewrite a book about five times before I’m ready to let it go.  My editor, God bless her, was very patient, so I hope the story is going to fly.  Who knows at this point?  Certainly not me!
To motivate me into finishing the book, I had already purchased Ann B. Ross’ book, MISS JULIA PAINTS THE TOWN, and put it on my night table, along with a large Snicker’s candy bar.  I am a huge MISS JULIA fan, but the books MUST be read while eating chocolate.  I recommend Godvia, but you can’t go wrong with a Snicker’s bar when you’re in a time crunch.
A lot of readers think that the March, 2009 publishing date is a long time to wait, but let me tell you: it’s a lot harder to write than it is to read.  First, I have to come up with an idea for a new book.  Then, I have to spend weeks procrastinating.  Just as I’m getting the story in my head, I’ll get hit with a family emergency.  As some of you know, I spent more than a month helping my mom recuperate from knee-replacement surgery.  Since I am not a laptop kind of gal, I got NOTHING accomplished during that time. 
So, we’ll see what my editor and other powers-that-be at Berkley have to say.  I am already trying to come up with the next book idea, but my brain is still fried.
Again, thanks for the E-mails that kept me going!