Saturday, July 03, 2010


I sent the rewritten manuscript of Crying Blood to my editor day before yesterday. It is out of my hands. Unless she sends it back to me for more work, and until the galleys are ready, I am done.

The last few weeks of writing before a manuscript is due in to the publisher is intense and hair-raising. Then you finish. You send it off. It’s out of your hands. You are like a cork that has been anchored under the water for weeks and months, and now the string is cut and you pop to the surface. You’re floating. The sun is shining, the air is fresh. You are drifting. Aimless. You are disoriented. You’re blinking at the light. You don’t know what to do next.

All those things I put off while I was finishing the book are now tugging at me. I should make that doctor’s appointment before I get involved again. I want to finish that short story I started last month. The bills need paying. Time to do something about my web site. I meant to scrub down the shower last week. I have two hundred emails I kept as new because I wanted to read them, or because they require some action. Should I start setting up the promotional activities for next winter when the new book is scheduled to come out?

I am committed to giving a writing workshop at the end of the month, and I haven’t begun working on it yet. I promised myself that when I finished the MS, I’d plan some menus and start cooking again instead of eating sandwiches or take out every night.

My brain is flooded with random thoughts. 1) It was 114 degrees yesterday (really), and the garden is burning up. 2) I read an article yesterday about Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson YA series. When my first book came out in 2005, I did my very first author appearance at Poisoned Pen Bookstore with Rick. He was a mid-list author touring with his fifth mystery novel. Now he’s a bajillionaire who is being compared to J.K. Rowling. 3) I finally bought an office chair for my computer desk. I’ve been using a regular folding chair for years. When my sister visited me in January, she said, “You don’t mean to tell me that I wrote five books sitting in that chair!” She shamed me into buying a real chair. 4) Don’s book of poetry, The Road, finally came out from Bellowing Ark Press. I try to read through the poems, but many of them are so personal that I bawl like a baby. 5) Thursday was Canada Day. In 1977, we sailed into Montreal from London on Canada Day. Fireworks were going off. We thought it a lovely homecoming. Then we crossed into the U.S. on the Fourth of July.

I start making notes for the next book.
My guest blogger tomorrow is one of my favorite authors, Larry Karp, who writes the fascinating Ragtime Kid series. I can’t think of a better guest for Independence Day.


Anonymous said...

I love the picture you used to illustrate your point.

Donis Casey said...

Thanks. My lovely new chair. Still warm.

CarolD said...

I guess we'll have to come back and check out the new chair!

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