Tuesday, September 23, 2008

What a week!

I hit the ground running, it appears. This week I received two contracts. One from Sapphire Bue Publishing for the first book of my paranormal suspense, Fugue Macabre: Ghost Dance. Yes, it will be a re-release. My old publishing house sent out a message to their authors informing them they were to find new publishers. I wasted no time. The second book of the trilogy is already in their hands as you read.

Second contract was from Wild Rose Press for a time travel romance set in Deadwood 1876 and present day.

I received edits for Ghost Dance the other day and I just finished them today. Wow. This editor is good. She sees things I'd never thought of before. She will make the manuscript so much stronger. Or will my changes make it stronger? Or is it a combo of her suggestions and my following said suggestions? Oh, hell, forget it. It's stronger.

Friday, September 12, 2008

The lake is coming, the lake is coming

We're getting lots of rain from bands from Ike. That is bad enough, since our soil is kinda saturated right now. But the winds are causing the waters from Lake Pontchartrain to overflow the sea wall. We live very close to the lake--half a mile close. The water is about a block away from us and inching closer. Understand, we are only 13 feet above sea level here. That is considered high ground in New Orleans. We've had this happen before. Many times. It's crept close. Even got into the garage a time or two. So I'm not too worried this time. But I hate cleaning up after it when it does get in the garage. It's muddy and smelly. And we've learned not to keep anything sitting on the garage floor. Shelves line nearly every wall space out there. I have my kiln on a stand that keeps it about a foot off the floor. My pottery wheel sits on a platform my hubby built for it, keeping it about six inches off the floor.
Now the wind. We just finsihed cleaning up after Gustav. Now I'm sitting here typing and listening to limbs hitting the roof. I glanced out the window and the yard is filled with debris again.
Reason for my ranting? I so want to sell this house and move away from here. Yes, I know every place has it's problems. Earthquakes, fires, hurricanes. But I'm ready for a new kind of catastrophe to whine about.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I Got Lost

Did you miss me? I got lost along the way somehow. I left my publisher a few weeks ago. Signed with a new one a few days ago. Yay for me. I left the old publisher on a good cord. No hard feelings. Linda Daily asked us, her authors, to find a new publisher, since she is going in a different direction. I'm happy for her, and wish her all the luck in the world, especially since I hope to use Linda's expertise in her new endeavor soon. LOL

I signed with Sapphire Blue Publishing. They are aiming to have my book, Ghost Dance, released for Halloween. Whoa, fast on the draw, aren't they? But I'm all for it. I'll have to do the edits quickly and get them back to them, but I can do it.

Next excuse for being absent for so long. Hurricane Gustav. Yup, he gave us a little brush with his breath and spit. We were lucky, it only drenched us, made a mess of the yard and blew down one tree. But of course that one tree took out the power, phone and cable lines. We were real popular with our neighbors. We just got cable back today.

Excuse #3. I've been trying to figure out what to attend at the Muse Online Writers Conference. So many choices, so little waking time. And free time. I'm astounded at the number of writers and publishers who signed up to give lectures and chats. Kudos to you all.

Excuse #4. I just finished doing some tweaking on the second book of my trilogy so I could submit it to my new publisher, and now I'm trying to get the last book written. In fact my goal is to have it written and edited in three months. :o

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.Later, friends.