Thursday, May 19, 2016
Cloudy and cool
Busy few days, flat out. We had company in over the weekend, which meant lots of sightseeing up and down the Cape, lots of cooking. We also had a Sisters-in-Crime panel at the library, with Edith Maxwell, Barbara Struna, and Leslie Wheeler on Saturday afternoon, which was lots of fun.
Sunday was spent down at the other end of the Cape — the National Seashore, Highland Light, Race Point, Provincetown, etc. One group of guests left late Sunday night, so on Monday, there was more sightseeing at Buzzards Bay and Plymouth. Tuesday morning was preparing our final guest for her trip back to Europe, and then a Mermaid Ball meeting.
Of course, I was sick by Tuesday night, and I took yesterday as a sick day (I’ve only had three sick days in two years, so it was okay). I slept a lot, in between six loads of laundry. I also re-read the material I have on INITIATE — there’s a lot of passion in that novel, on many levels, and I want to find a way to get that back in the mix again, too. I have to figure out how to break it down into shorter books, while still keeping the overreaching arc of Aidan and Tamsin true.
My guest article is up on the Words on the Page blog — hop on over and take a look. The more I do this freelance stuff, the more cynical I get.
I’m glad the Department of Labor has passed new overtime pay laws. Enough of this full-time hours on part-time salary bullshit. IF it’s actually enforced.
Today, tomorrow, and Saturday will be long days at work, and there’s plenty of yard work that needs to be done, but, somehow, it will all get done.
I’m in good shape on the current draft of DEATH OF A CHOLERIC — I’d worked ahead so I didn’t have to stress about putting it aside for a few days when guests were here. I’m looking forward to getting back into it and shaping the last chapters. Then it can marinate again for a few weeks, while I work on synopsis, outline, submission materials, etc., and then I’ll do another draft before I start submitting it.
I’m behind on SONGBOUND SISTERS and on “Just a Drop”, but I’m hoping to get back on track with them this weekend.
The problem with fertilizing the lawn and putting down grass seed? It grows faster! 😉
Read Sharon Shinn’s JEWELED FIRE, which I loved. Really well done. But then, I like her writing. The Twelve Houses books are still my favorites of hers. Read the new Donna Leon, THE WATERS OF ETERNAL YOUTH. I liked it better than the last few Brunetti books, which had disappointed me, but they’ve gotten so internalized, there’s so much telling in them, that I prefer some of the earlier books in the series.
Read another book, part of a genre I’m calling “Next Wave Chick Lit” and it was awful. Won’t diss the author here; premise was interesting, but I couldn’t stand the characters and didn’t want to spend time with them. And the resolution was too easy. I didn’t feel the characters earned it.