My friends, this is the blog of one very exhausted writer. Despite the emotional upheaval in my life which greatly affected my creativity this spring (I resist calling this lack of creativity "writer’s block" as I don’t think it was), I finished my book today. Technically it was three weeks late. The editor gave me an extension from the 13th to the 30th of June, then admitted that she wouldn’t be looking at it over the long 4th of July weekend, so extended it until today. I needed every minute. I typed "the end" on Sunday morning, then used the remaining time for proofing and polishing. I emailed the manuscript to my editor at 12:34 p.m. I’m hoping the editor will be pleased. I will remain nervous until I know the extent of revisions required.
Speaking of editing and revisions, the awesome Karen Ball (yes, she edits my books) has a series of posts about editors and editing over on Charis Connection. Funny and truthful, just like Karen. Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Well worth reading.
In the midst of this marathon to turn in Book #52, I was preparing for a trip to Denver. I leave early in the morning and won’t be home until Tuesday night. I needed some new duds (hello, Coldwater Creek!!) so off I went to the mall. I had arrangements to make for the family I am leaving behind (groceries and instructions for the things I usually take care of like the sheltie getting her medication and which plants to water when). You know, until we start leaving a list of instructions for others, we often don’t realize the many things we do on a daily basis.
My first three days in Denver will be spent with dear, dear friends. There’ll be lots of laughter, hugs, tears, and prayers. We’ll get silly and we’ll talk too much. Just what the doctor ordered!
Sunday evening begins my attendance at ICRS (the International Christian Retail Show). Monday will be hectic and crazy, rushing from one appointment to another and signing ARCs of A Carol for Christmas. Come Tuesday, I will stumble onto another airplane for the flight home, once again exhausted.
The little ol’ laptop is going with me to Denver, and plans call for me to begin work on Book #53. I need to get off to a running start if I hope to get back on schedule for my coming deadlines. I’ll also drop into the blog if I find a free moment and have the Internet connection required.