This will be a writing, blogging, reading, and state of the foot report.
I didn’t do much writing or writing related activity this week. I’m in the revision stage of my newest suspense novel and really need to print out a whole manuscript and spread the pages all over a big table with a couple of legal pads and a few pens close by. Digging into and cleaning up the timeline is at the top of the list. Two or three new scenes need to be added. And then the whole thing requires a paragraph by paragraph rewrite. I stalled, first because I couldn’t get to the dining room table because of the clutter I’ve accumulated while being housebound with the foot in a cast, and second because it turned all rainy this week and I suddenly became more interested in napping and reading and drinking tea than being creative.
The new website/blog is progressing although I still need to add Statcounter or Google Analytics, figure out why the photos in my posts don’t transfer properly to my Facebook updates and other little glitches, and create a couple of lists for the sidebar. As far as posting to the blog more often, I’m working on that. My guest of the week will get Thursday and Friday (Richard Keller next week), and I hope to post four times a week even if some of the posts are little ones.
Reading is where I excelled this week. I finished The Nightingale, read The Girl on the Train, just finished Robert Spiller’s fifth Bonnie Pinkwater mystery Napier’s Bones, and already started The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. Women’s fiction/mainstream, suspense, cozy mystery, and sci fi/war novel. Yes, I am an eclectic reader.
I’m happy to announce the crutches and I are getting along a little better although I’m still terribly clumsy. It doesn’t help that the walking boot weighs about two pounds. However, I’m making progress and putting more weight on the foot now. By the end of this month I should be walking normally in my own shoes. I guess that means I have to start doing the grocery shopping again. I’ll admit, it was very nice having my husband do all that errand running for me the last couple of months. But it will also be nice to get my independence back.
What are you reading these days? Anything I should add to my list?
M. K. Theodoratus says
Hey, be thankful that writing comes to an end………………..eventually.
Cleaning is never done.
I don’t even want to think about how long it will take to catch up on the cleaning. Forever and a day?
Allan Emerson says
Happy to hear “Dead Wrong” will have a sequel. I enjoyed the characters and will enjoy meeting them again in another story.
Thanks, Allan. It takes place five years later just as Maggie Gutierrez makes police detective. It was interesting because I had the killer, the crime, and the setting in my mind but no intention of writing a sequel. The characters just kind of showed up on their own. i love it when that happens.
Alex J. Cavanaugh says
Enjoy being spoiled a few more weeks. Although I imagine the joy of it wears off rather fast.
Now, start spreading stuff out on that table!
Yes, it’s definitely time to get back to work, Alex. Right now, though, I’m drinking coffee and watching it rain and rain and waiting for it to turn to snow. Looks like Mother’s Day is going to be a cold one in Northern Colorado.
Margot Kinberg says
Pat – So glad to hear that you’re getting around a little better, even if a bit clumsily at the moment. I hope you continue to heal up and make progress.
It’s also good to hear that you’re getting through the revisions on your manuscript. You really do make a good point about looking for wide-scale revisions (like timelines and the like) and paragraph-level revisions. I think it’s easy to see those as the same sort of revising, but they’re not. Can’t wait to read the final product!
I’m very pleased with the story on this one, Margot. It unexpectedly turned into a sequel for Dead Wrong, but it’s more suspense and less thriller….at least so far.