Sometimes, it seems there’s nothing else going on in my life except for the book. Then I think about other little things I’ve done…like the day I baked two batches of banana-blueberry muffins and five batches of traditional Party Mix.
Today I went to the library and stocked up on movies so I can do a combo DVD and streaming Netflix binge for the next four days (I’ll be binge-watching the last season of Longmire and feeling sad when it’s over).
I might even bake a couple of batches of cookies, just for fun. I have the best recipe for a sour cream sugar cookie! Should I share?
Then there is the reading I’ll do between movies…I’m finishing Dust, the third book in the Wool trilogy by Hugh Howey. The stack of novels I want to read next is too long to list here. Rest assured, I have a lot to choose from.
The rest of my life these days is all about the book.
The ebook for Wishing Caswell Dead is now available on amazon.com and the hardcover should be shipping very soon. I’ve listed my guest blog posts, announcements, and the RMFW podcast below. If you especially enjoyed any of these promo efforts, please share the link on whatever social media site you prefer.
October 17, 2017 Four Things I’ve Learned About Writing Along the Way at Julie Lamoe’s Creative Crone blog
October 25, 2017 After I Put My Novel on the Shelf, Someday Came at Colleen M. Story’s Writing and Wellness blog
October 27, 2017 Can I Write About That? at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Blog
December 4, 2017 Podcast at the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers website
December 4-8 and December 11-14, 2017 Pat’s Self-Editing One Step at a Time series on the Blood Red Pencil blog
December 11, 2017 Interview by Margaret Mizushima on her blog
December 15, 2017 Sisters in Crime — Colorado New Release Announcement
December 15, 2017 Book Birth Day Post on the Blood-Red Pencil blog
December 22, 2017 Lois Winston’s Killer Crafts and Krafty Killers blog
Coming January 12, 2018 Jacqueline Seewald’s Author Expressions blog
In case I don’t post again until after the first of the year, may you have a joyous holiday season and may your 2018 be happy, productive, and full of sunshine and butterflies.
Madeline mora-summonte says
Congratulations on the new book!
I’ve got Longmire on Netflix but haven’t watched it yet. I enjoyed Howey’s Wool trilogy, too. I received books for Christmas – yeh! – plus I’ve got a few ready/almost ready to pick up at the library – YEAR ONE by Nora Robert and ARTEMIS by Andy Weir, among others.
Thanks, Madeline! Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season. Books are always something I indulge in at Christmas, and I have Artemis on my list as well. I really liked reading The Martian…
Margot Kinberg says
I’m really excited for you, Pat, about your new release. It does take a lot of work, doesn’t it, to get out the word about a book, so I know what you mean about things being about the book. I’m glad, though, that you’re taking the time to watch some films and do some cookies and things, too, though. It’s all about balance…Have a wonderful holiday!
Patricia Stoltey says
Thanks, Margot — and happy holidays to you as well. May our 2018 be healthy, happy, and very productive!
I started watching the new episodes of Longmire on Netflix last night and today I have a Broncos game to watch. I might even make those sugar cookies this morning if I don’t get sidetracked. 😀
Anne Hunsinger says
I just finished reading Wishing Caswell Dead. Excellent book! Pat, you really outdid yourself with this one. I found it very fascinating and am so very pleased you are going to write more about this frontier town and the time period. Your characters are vividly written and the plot and twists kept me on the edge until the very end. Good work!
Thanks so much, Anne! I found historical fiction to be a challenge, but a fun one. If only I could avoid those hours I wander from link to link when all I really wanted to look up was whether the Bowie knife had been invented yet. Research is a delicious trap.
Linda Henk says
I’m looking forward to reading “Wishing Caswell Dead” and, yes, please share the sour cream cookie recipe! Maybe you could give a class in 2018 on how to document your research and give ideas on conducting research for your novels. I get distracted and side-tracked easily by my research (I know it’s because that’s what I did professionally for so many years at CSU.). Happy Holidays, Pat!
Happy holidays to you as well, Linda! I’ll pull out that cookie recipe and add it to the top of the blog post sometime tomorrow so stay tuned.
I hadn’t thought about doing classes on research, but now that I’m digging more into the frontier fiction genre and writing another Village of Sangamon novel, it might be fun to talk research. I was very happy that I had written all my sources down and that I took good notes for Wishing Caswell Dead because I had to submit all the sources (books, articles, and online urls) to my publisher. As for getting distracted and side-tracked, I think it goes with the territory. One book leads to an online source that links to three other online sources, and off we go. I have printouts on guns, horses, Andrew Jackson, and the Pottawatomie Indian tribe right here on the floor…