September 29, 2008
The Song That Never Ends
Oh, girls. I feel like I've been running and running and never getting anywhere. Have you ever felt like that before? Between the two kids that graduated this year, the one that got married, the travel that took up so much of the summer, and the hurricane ... I am FINALLY at a point where I am ready to turn in my manuscript for A BRIDE IN THE BARGAIN (my June 2009 release).
My original deadline was September 1st, but my editor graciously let me take an extra month--praise the Lord!! Anyway, I finished it in August, then took a month to polish it all up and now I can't WAIT for you to read it! I am giving it a final polishing today and tomorrow, then I'll overnight it to Bethany House so it is there on my editors desk on October 1. Hurray!
Problem is, I'm now behind a month on my research for the historical that is due NEXT September 1st! So, as soon as I mail this manuscript off, I will write a chapter for the collaboration I'm doing with Mark Bertrand (we're collaborating on a romantic suspense and it's my turn to write a chapter). Then, I will be heading off to the location of my 2010 historical--South Carolina.
I'll be gone from Oct 7 to 17. Since my sister is my new official "plotting partner" (she helped me plot A Bride in the Bargain), she is going to go with me on my research trip. It will be the first time I've taken someone with me since I researched A Bride Most Begrudging (my mom went with me on that one). This isn't the same sister I saw in San Francisco. That was the middle sister. This one is the oldest sister. (I'm sure she'll appreciate me telling you that. ;D )
I'm so excited to have her come with me--especially since she is going to move to England for six months starting October 27th!! Anyway, we will take pictures and I will share them with you, but for now, I need to finish polishing the one I'm turning in on Wednesday.
Needless to say, I feel like the Song That Never Ends. Ha!
by Deeanne on 09/29/2008
Angela Meuser said...
What a year! I'm so glad you're making time to write between all your life changing events. I can't wait for A Bride in the Bargain. How is suspense writing different? Maybe I should take this question over to the chat room.
Leah Mast said...
You take on much, Miss Deeanne, but the end results are always so wonderfully satisfying! Ach, I can feel your sense of overwhelm as you relay your writing schedule to us. Do remember to take some time to breathe. In the meantime, would you be willing to give us a synopsis of the stories you mentioned above? I for one am ever so excited to hear about them in more detail!
wow already planning your 2010 novel. I can't wait for that one, sounds intriguing. I'll be looking forward to your new novel once the school year is over. Its great your books come out in the summer, and that's when I have the most time to read. :-> You sound very busy, I hope that in all the business,as leah said, you take time to breath. Maybe grab some chocolate and a good book.
Holly Smith said...
Where at in South Carolina? I live in Summerville, SC, 30 minutes from Charleston. I've lived here since I was three. If you need a guide, let me know. I also have friends in my writer's group, who know the area very well.
Don't worry Dee, you can do it! Yeah, I feel like that a lot--craziness never ends!
Leah, The marketing dept prefers I wait to talk about the various synopsis(s) until the books have their "coming out" in the sales catalogs. For A BRIDE IN THE BARGAIN, that will be sometime in December. For the collaboration, that won't be for another year, I'm afraid!!
Evelyn, you'll be happy to know I had Starbuck's new "adult" hot chocolate tonight! ha! It was soooo yummy!
Holly, Thanks so much for the generous offer. I'm going to be all over the state, actually since both the historical and the contemporary are set in SC, but in different cities and the trips are already all planned out. So, I'm in good shape, but thank you soooo much!!
Angela, I have been so focused on finishing BARGAIN that I haven't made it over to the Chat Room in a couple of weeks. So, I've got some catching up to do. See you there!
How's Mr Greg coping with the "loss" of his kiddos, Miz Dee?
You are one busy lady. I can't wait until the next release!
Donna De For said...
It was so fun to have you and your daughter visit us at Bethany House, Dee. I'm so glad it worked out for you and that you had a house (and husband) still standing when you returned home. We have our blizzards up here in the north, but I'm sure they're nothing compared to a hurricane. Hopefully things are getting back to normal for you. Best wishes for safe travel and fascinating research.
~ Donna D4
Barb, He definitely misses the kids. I'm enjoying the peace and quiet, though. :)
It was great to see everyone, Donna. It's always such a treat to visit ya'll at Bethany House! Things are definitely settling down here after the storm. Most everyone has power now--at least in our neck of the woods. And school has started up again. So, now it's just a matter of waiting on FEMA to pick up all the debris that everyone has piled up at the end of their driveways and which the community workers have neatly stacked every 1000 yards on our roads.
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