You plan life, but life has other plans. I’m here, eleven days later than I’d hoped, and with very little of what I’d wanted to accomplish.
I’d expected to finish drafting the sequel to The Blue Bar, but life decided otherwise. Instead, I’m 1/4th done, and have managed to drag the copyedits of The Blue Bar, kicking and screaming, to their last deadline today.
Major swelling of the arms and wrists, and a possible carpal tunnel diagnosis is partly to blame for my lack of productivity, and the rest, as it is for all of us, is down to the pandemic.
This book has been three years in the making, and I’ve shared some of the journey here on Daily (w)rite.
I changed agents with this book, and it will now be published as part of a 2-book deal with Thomas & Mercer. And so it goes.
Cover concepts and the back cover text are in process, and hopefully, they will be out in the world soon.
This 8th January was the 14-year anniversary for Daily (w)rite, and since I let it pass without comment, here’s a little something to celebrate. I’ll give away a copy each of these two books, both used as comparison titles for The Blue Bar:
These Women, by Ivy Pochoda
Ivy Pochoda creates a kaleidoscope of loss, power, and hope featuring five very different women whose lives are steeped in danger and anguish. They’re connected by one man and his deadly obsession, though not all of them know that yet.
The Boy from the Woods, by Harlan Coben
Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn’t know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing.
The entry is open wherever Book Depository ships out, from today till the 30th January, 11.55pm EST.
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Thanks to each one of you who has been part of my journey.
I know a whole lot of you for more than a decade–visiting your blogs, sharing your joys and sorrows on social media, and benefiting from your wisdom on this blog.
Here’s to many more years of our friendship, and in this one long year of loneliness and isolation that is 2020-22–here’s to community, human warmth, and solidarity.
May we triumph together.
How have you been? How’s the pandemic treating you? What would you recommend I read now that I’m done with one deadline and prepping for another? For the writers among you–what writing deadlines have you met lately?
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