And here’s a quick snapshot of what a holiday weekend looks like to an author on deadline crunch (based on my cryptic notes left on my author FB page):
Completed edits to my novella, Mouse Trap and fired it off to the editor. I wish I could tell you more about it yet, but I’m still under interdiction until the publisher is ready to announce the project. However, I’m pretty excited about the story and the character involved.
I think I’m going to finally eat something this evening and then get ready for bed. I’ll do some more editing on “Pearls of Darkness” this evening and start on “Flashpoint” first thing in the morning and then “The Darkness in the Tower” in the evening.
So much for a relaxing weekend.
And The Darkness in the Tower is en route to be added to the fantasy collection that will be part of the goodie bag at World Fantasy Con this fall. Two stories down, three to go by the end of the month. *flexes his fingers for the next project.*
After getting The Darkness in the Tower out the door, I decided I needed a break and hit Balticon for a bit. Stopped by Danielle Ackley-Mcphail’s book launch party at 7pm and discovered it was also a celebration for C.J. Henderson’s 30th anniversary. A very good time was had by all and I caught up with a number of my FB friends and others as well. Then I hit Ian Randal Strock’s book launch party and the DC17 Worldcon Bid party. I also ran into several friends in the lobby and wandering the halls.
Back to the writing grind. My co-author, April MacDee, and I spend the afternoon working on our YA novel, Shattered Mirror and plotted out the next six chapters. It’s been a while since we worked on this, between her thesis and defense and my grad school and beginning thesis work. Still, after a short review, it was like we had been working on it just a few weeks ago. It was fun to bounce ideas off of someone else for a change instead of trying to figure everything out on my own.
Monday night was another wonderful allergy attack, so a quick run to the store replenished my benedryl stash and two pills later, my eyes and nose were happier but my brain was fuzzy. I take no responsibility for anything I wrote last night.
Tonight, I finished the first draft of “Flashpoint” coming in right around 11,000 words. Between Monday night and tonight, I added another 3500 words to bring it to a conclusion. I plan on editing it tomorrow and hopefully shipping it off to the editor before I call it a night. Then it’s focus on “Pearls of Darkness” and start “Crossed Swords”.
And it’s not over yet:
Friday, I will be manning the SFWA booth at Book Expo America, representing Writer Beware. On Saturday, I will be splitting time between the SFWA booth and the StarWarp Concepts booth at BookCon.
Both of these events are in the Javits Center in New York. If anyone’s going to BEA/BookCon, I hope to see you there.