I have been distracted the last few days, and for a bit longer I’ll be distracted and busy as well. If I suddenly “disappear” just a little bit, there’s good reason for it!
First, I took a few days to do some things around the little log house, for I know things are going to get crazy with the book (crazier?). We took the sofa from downstairs (it’s like brand new as it’s rarely used) and put it upstairs and took the one upstairs and put it downstairs – it’s like having a new sofa! (I tell you, hauling a heavy-arse sofa up our stairs was no small feat – *huff puff errghhhhhh*) We bought a new chair made and sold by locals, and will get that today. I bought (ordered) a couple of new pillows and a throw from locals, and am waiting for them to arrive. So, our living room has a new look. Yay!
Then yesterday my friend (an executive chef and photographer) Christy Bishop came up to our place and snapped some “author photos” – she had a hard time getting me to stay still and to “look natural” – I detest photo-taking (as all my friends and family know – there are few pictures of me not making a face, or whatever). She finally told Good Man Roger – “give her some of that wine…” teehee…that helped…teehee. I’ll see those today after she puts them on a disk.
Then! Bellebooks and I are going into the “line editing” phase of Tender Graces, so I will need to get very focused and get that done. My beautiful literary-goddess friend Mary Ann Ledbetter (yes, that name’s familiar isn’t it! She’s Angie Gumbo Writer’s sis in law!) wrote up a really intelligent, fun, beautiful intuitive Reader’s Guide, and I need to look at that to get it to BB (and if you are an author who needs a Reader’s Guide – she is one to think about – I am so pleased with what she did.) I have to write an acknowledgments page (eeeekk!) And, as well, I need to start thinking about the second book – which fortunately is already drafted out and has been sitting in the files just waiting – it tells the continued story of Virginia Kate.
I’m all a-dither and what all what not whatever *laugh*
Get your stories in today for the book give-a-way. You have until 8:00AM tomorrow, Friday, morning and then I will put them all up. Then, you can vote on your favorite from Friday until Monday – and Monday I’ll announce the winner of BRIDA.
Okay – this must be the most boring rambling post in the history of boring rambling posts – I’ll be round to visit you all today and then I’m knuckling down and getting to work!
Oh, PS — I saw this pillow while looking for down-filled pillows online – um…LAUGHING! lawd…I don’t know why it disturbed me -but …hummmm…erk. It just seems … wrong
, somehow. There’s a story here – someone tell it — it begs to be told. The person who buys this pillow has a story!
A PEE ESS: I forgot to add: The Rose & Thorn Literary Ezine newsletter will be out in the next few days – I plan to have it ready to go by 2/1. If you haven’t signed up for the R&T Newsletter, you can do so HERE. It’s emailed to you, and we keep our subscriber emails safe!)
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