Since I’m writing this blog Saturday night and pre-scheduling it to publish Sunday morning, I won’t hold the drawing for the advance review copy of The Desert Hedge Murders quite yet (just in case someone in the Pacific Time Zone squeezes in an entry at the last minute). Sometime today (Sunday), I’ll post the winner’s name in a separate blog notice and will contact him or her for a mailing address.
I turned in chapters nine and ten of my new book to my writer’s critique group this week. Those chapters were written several weeks ago, before I started a blog, joined Facebook and Twitter, and did some traveling. I’m at the stage now where I’m itching to get back to the new project. I want to shut the door, unplug the phone, and write.
So I’m setting a goal. I’ll complete the first draft of this novel by August 31st. I already have about 30,000 useful words. I can easily finish the novel by my deadline if I average 1,000 words a day, even with a few days off and a weekend trip thrown into the mix.
Tomorrow will be organization and planning day. Tidy up the piles of paper strewn about my office. Find all the stray pages of the manuscript and story plan, plus the notes I’ve scribbled on pads all over the house. Organize my To Do List and set priorities. Change my blog schedule to five days a week. Stock up on MREs. Warn husband. Listen to husband complain.
I feel good, dadadadada…