Alas, I am only now getting around to sending off the last of the prezzies people won. Took me a while -- I had to deal with a health scare that was nothing, thank heavens, and I'm someone who either does stuff immediately or waits till the last moment or until shame forces me into it.
Be glad -- I'm sending contracts back to my agent that they've been wanting for possibly six months or more. It's amazing I ever get anything written. Here, I'll show you my office.
So it's remarkable that anything gets done. That bundled-up quilt on the chair is for Brenda Novak's Auction for Juvenile Diabetes -- lots of great stuff there. http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com You can see the tip of my sneaker in the bottom (I'm taking this photo from my Mac).
But I am getting things done -- even sending stuff to Australia and England because I am an absolute saint. Still arguing with Audible about one, but I'll get that sorted out, and then I'll look through who's missing and send out a call.
So I'm writing my little head off, working on The Committee Comes to America (working title, HOT WATER). Hmmm, not sure that works. At first I was thinking of being in hot water, but now that sounds like a bath. It could be IN HOT WATER but that's still pretty bath-like. I was thinking of going for hot/fire/heat titles for the American ones, to differentiate from the ICE books.
I'm having a little trouble because I'm listening to The Windflower and the gorgeous prose is very different from the spare way I write. It's one of my favorite books in the world, but it tends to make my own writing feel clunky. I'm a Stephen Crane kind of girl rather than a Lord Byron. I like things short and sharp in my own writing, and yet my favorite writers tend to be fairly lyrical (Laura Kinsale, Judith Ivory, Loretta Chase, Barbara Samuel/Barbara O'Neal).) Or my favorite oldies -- Mary Stewart and Georgette Heyer. When I started out I lamented that I couldn't write a paragraph like Mary Stewart -- mine were too cut and dried.
I wonder what would happen if I tried? My writing comes very naturally to me -- I don't labor much over the actual creation, more about the revisions. Well, that's not true. The labor is in the writing, but I don't put much critical thinking into it at that point. That comes later.
You know, it would be fun to write a paragraph the way I write, and then see if I can make it a Mary Stewart paragraph.
I think I'll try that. Stay tuned.