Sunday, January 10, 2016

Sunday Update - Week 1

Well, here we are at the beginning of a whole new year.  Other than the date, not much has changed, so let's just get right on with the updating.

After some pushing, I got the edit notes finished for this pass on Fertile Ground.  I haven't counted the pages yet, but they look pretty hefty.  Good thing I got them done when I did...

My edit notes for In Deep Wish came in from my editor on Friday.  And I knew without even looking that they would be hefty, too.  I sat down with the first chapters yesterday and aarrgghh.  No worries, though.  That's always my reaction to seeing my book all pinked up.  (My editor works in pink. Still pretty bloody, but more oxygenated than red ink.)  I'll get working on those today.  Because...

I will have this back to her in two weeks.  Well, my calendar says the 24th.  Two weeks from the date I expected to get the edit notes back.  Or something.  Anyway, I will do that.  I have to do that to keep on schedule.  And really there isn't anything keeping me from doing it but my own loathing of editing.  Which I need to get the hell over because this is a business not a party.

I finally made some time to read some stuff.  Older stuff, but it's still reading.  I read The Turquoise Mask by Phyllis A. Whitney and The D.A. Goes to Trial by Erle Stanley Gardner.  Good stuff.  I'm also a large chunk of the way through Beyond Varallan (Star Doc #2) by S.L. Viehl. 

I received the final cover for In Deep Wish.  Ebook only.  I'm not even close to giving her the page count or blurb so she can put together a print cover.  It's really awesome, but I can't share it yet.  Well, I could, but I won't until release day gets closer and I can get a Goodreads listing up.  Maybe in my next newsletter.  (So if you want to see it before anyone else, sign up for that sucker.)  I can tell you that the central color for this one is green.  (Like Wish in One Hand's was blue.)

My artist and I also talked a little about Up Wish Creek, but that won't be started until May.  All I know right now is the central color for that will be purple. 

I also began trying to build a cover for Fertile Ground.  I did a lot of stuff and then made a huge mistake, so I clicked Undo, and undid everything.  After that I was too heartsick to continue.  I'll get back to that soon.  If I can't create a professional cover for this one, the cover artist for my genie books says she can do it.  I love her, but I really want to try and do this myself. 

Week one of the 'be more active' goal worked out like this. Starting Tuesday, I did something active every day so far.  Tues, Wed, Thur, Sat - I did actual exercise type things.  Wed and Fri - Hubs and I walked.  Today I hope to exercise and then clean.  Anything that gets my ever-widening ass out of a chair and gets my blood moving at a faster rate than hot, chunky peanut butter.

Well, that seems like about it for me.  What did you do for the first week of the year?


  1. I started the week with a horrible migraine. I used to get them every month but since the menopause they'd gone down to about twice a year. Still stinkers but thank god for menopause.

    I haven't done any sewing for a couple of weeks now, just having a reading binge. Actually I should call it a re-reading binge. I love going back to old friends. Not done too much apart from work. Nice and slow start to the year.

  2. First week...hrm... Came down with an upper respiratory infection that's kickin' my butt. Got line edits/revisions back on RDR#3 that are due back to my editor Wednesday (I'm on pg 100 of 243, so should get them done). Packaged up a passle of books I'd entered in contests and mailed them out. Had planned on getting New Year's cards out. See URC above. Spent yesterday totally in bed doing nothing but reading. I'm trying to read new books but the old favorites are calling my name, thanks to the Audiobook "reread" I did at the end of the year. I need to edit some more, get my blog for tomorrow written, but all I want to do is get back in bed. Ugh!

  3. You got a lot done this week, and it looks like the next two weeks will be even more productive!

    Hugs on your troubles with Fertile Ground's cover. I hope it goes together easily on the next go round. (save, save, save) ;-)

    I can't wait to see the cover for In Deep Wish! Please mention when your newsletter goes out; sometimes it gets lost on the way to my inbox.

    Yay for your walking regimen! I always feel better when I walk (even on the days I hate doing it). :-)

    I finished the copyedits on 3C, and have a proof off to Createspace. And I whipped 5C's new outline into shape for the rewrite. About 100 pages are salvageable, but this part of the series will be different in tone than the first draft. More going on, and (hopefully) more direction in regards to the story question.
    Now I need to reread 4C, fix the weak spots, and send it off to my beta reader. That's the goal for this week.