I always feel bad when I’ve let too much time pass between blog posts. Trust me, I have plenty of excuses. Unfortunately, I was raised on a diet of “stop crying or I’ll give you something to cry about” and “I don’t want to hear your excuses.” So even on a blog, where you can’t see my face, I just can’t bring myself to
make up lies give excuses.
What have I been doing besides blogging, you ask?
- Working — Yep, I still have a day job and it takes up at least 40 hours a week. I’m currently leading a department reorganization, so it’s been busy (Of course, busy is a multifunctional word that can mean doing anything besides what you’re supposed to be doing).
- Reading — I read in spurts. In the last week or so I finished reading The Warded Man by Peter Brett. This is a great fantasy novel–best one I’ve read this year. It is one of those books I wish I had written. I also read The Great Santini by Pat Conroy. If you grew up a military brat like me, this book will probably bring back some memories.
- Watching — I’m watching Babylon Berlin on Netflix. The show is set in post WW I Germany and features the different factions from the Russian revolution fighting it out in the back alleys of Berlin. (I must admit I got lost on YouTube a few times as well, but I’m trying to pretend like that didn’t happen.)
- Writing — Besides my standard critique group meetings (two in recent weeks), I’m working on the final revision of my latest novel. I would tell you the title if I had one, so instead, I’ll give you a little snippet:
The sword hung on the rough-hewn wall. It was a rare blade, a hand-and-a-half sword sheathed in black leather. The sword had been famous once—some stories said the blade was cursed, while others insisted its power saved the Norwood. Many seasons had passed since the last curious neighbor had stopped by for a look. Now it collected dust instead of eager eyes.
Edmond was the exception. The sword fascinated Edmond. He longed to pull it down from the wall and expose the blade, but his father had decreed the weapon remain untouched.
I will be doing some fast and furious revision in the next few weeks to get this thing ready for the editor next month. I’ll be announcing the title in the near future, and hopefully, reveal the book cover by the end of August.
So now when someone asks me what I’ve been doing, I have a good answer:
Hey, I’m revising here!
Oh yeah, I also spent some time sitting on the back porch and staring at my yard (What can I say? I’m easily entertained). Here’s my favorite hibiscus bush: