Monday, July 5, 2010

All Those Loose Ends

I guess you hear writers say this all the time, but I'm on a wicked deadline. We don't mean to use it as an excuse. It's a weird phenomenon, the deadline. For the first few weeks, it's a mellow thing--I'll still talk on the phone or schedule dinner with a friend. In the middle, getting closer to the day circled in red on my calendar, I will stop answering my phone. I won't go out if I don't have to. If I do go out, I am the world's worst conversationalist. Right now, I'm about to enter the end of a deadline period. In English, that means I have about three weeks to finish this revision. I will not answer my phone. I probably won't go out. I won't know the last thing I ate or if I do, I bet it will be cereal.

The best thing about a deadline is that at the end of it, there is a feeling of relief...even if there is more work to do. (There is always more work to do.) This particular revision has been a challenge, so that relief will be a welcome feeling. Also, I have the next book in my head, and I am dying to sit down and get it out...and I can't do that until this work is done.

So, I figured before I disappear for the next few weeks, I should tie up some loose ends.

1. First a huge thank you to those who bid in the Do the Write Thing Auction for Nashville! I was offering a rare ARC of PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ and a signed copy of THE DUST OF 100 DOGS and Sara J. Henry was the high bidder. Thank you Sara! I got to meet Sara in NYC during the Backspace conference and I handed off the books to her there only to find this blog within the week...PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ...But I Can't. 

2. More thank yous to those who bid in the PAYA Auction and to the highest two bidders, Sharen Ford and winner Barbra Annino, who both made generous donations to the PAYA fund to aid Pennsylvania libraries. Barb--it was a pleasure to read your work! Can't wait to see your books on a shelf in my local bookstore!

3. In other news: German and Spanish language (Mex/Latin America) rights have sold for PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ. This makes me very happy. :)  

4. And speaking of Germany: Watching Germany win 4-0 the other day made me happy too. Nothing against Argentina, but the Germans played their hearts out and it was great to see them win.

5. Within the week, my A.S. King website will be new, improved and completely awesome thanks to the amazing Mike at ktf web design for writers. I can't wait to share it with you! I go. Wish me luck as I wrestle this book to the mat and pin it. Fitting analogy for this particular book.

1 comment:

Lenore Appelhans said...

Yay for German rights selling! And YAY for you being a fan of Germany's big win. Only hope they can keep it up!