1. Time to write the dreaded Christmas letter for family. I hate this part of the year. I never know what to say. I wonder if a simple, “Still writing books, kids are doing great in school, and husband comes home for good early next year” will suffice? Because there really isn’t much else to tell them, which is good, right? It means no one died or anything. I enjoy all writing but this type. Okay. Correction. I took Advanced English in college and had to write on the symbolic significance of stupid stories we had to read. The teacher wanted something meaningful in the papers we had to write, and all I can say is that I’m a literal reader–if an author doesn’t come right out and say, “This wall is white because of the meaninglessness of this pathetic character’s life,” then I’ll miss the symbolism. Besides, sometimes a story is just a story and the author never intended for it to be symbolized to death. Case in point, Willing Golding who wrote Lord of the Flies (great movie, btw) has had his book analyzed to death but upon being interviewed said, “It was just a story about boys who crashed on an island. I’m surprised people got more than that out of it.”
Enough rambling…. What’s up with my books?
2. Shotgun Groom is now with the copy editor. I am waiting to get it back before I fix it up and send it off to someone to do a proofread. Then I will go over it again myself. So November 15 for a release date is still in the realm of possibility.
3. I was thinking of doing a contest when Shotgun Groom is out, but for the life of me, I can’t think of what to run the contest on. I already have book covers and titles and such set in place for most of the romances I’m working on for next year. I want to do something because I’d also like to run the contest with Paula Freda who wrote Driscoll’s Lady, which is one of my favorite books (contemporary western–PG 13). Anyone got any contest ideas?
4. I will not be posting any of my works in progress on Smashwords during National Novel Writing Month. Thanks to writers who don’t understand what a first draft is and the fact that there are people out there who get their jollies off of stealing other people’s books, I’m not putting up the first draft of any of my books anymore. (Someone asked, so I figured if one person asked, others are wondering about it, too.)
5. Isaac’s Decision is going along great now that Dave has stopped fighting the story. I am well over my original word count goal at 73,000 words today. I adjusted the new word count to 80,000 words, but I wonder if that’s big enough. The book might be slightly over 80,000 words, which isn’t a big deal but it does rush things a bit for my editors since I want to publish the book around January 1.
6. When Shotgun Groom is published, I will bump Her Heart’s Desire to 1000 words a day. I have a feeling when Shotgun Groom is out, I’ll be done with Isaac’s Decision, so this won’t be a major disruption to my day. To Have and To Hold will probably be bumped to 500-1000 words a day. Bound by Honor, Bound by Love will be bumped up to 500 words a day. Now to think of a fourth book to put at the bottom of my list at 100 words a day…. I’m not sure what to write yet. I might do a rewrite for The Keeping of Greg Wilson or a Nebraska Series book. That book will put me at the fifth book I plan to publish this year. For sure, I want to do at least four Nebraska Series books because I get more requests for those than any other books I write.