It’s a well-known fact that getting the mail is the highlight of my day. I love going out to the mailbox and finding things in it addressed to someone other than “current resident.” It’s even better when it’s not a bill! Like today, when I opened a big manila envelope and found a signed contract for a short story. It’ll be coming out this November from Untreed Reads, just in time for the holidays.
And for this we are thankful.
But wait, there’s more! That’s the nice thing about e-mail, after all; it doesn’t just come once a day! And sometimes it’s not even spam! Like today, when I opened an email from my editor and found a proof to review. And—and!—cover art. It’s all too much excitement, I’m telling you.
Equally exciting was finishing chapter 11 this past weekend. (No, not Chapter 11 as in bankruptcy Chapter 11—though there have been times in the dim and distant past when I wondered if it would come to that. But enough of February. [Kidding!]) Now I’m about a third of the way through chapter 12, and I find that I’m slowing down as I write these later chapters, with good reason. I’m threading together a bunch of different things that have been going on or hinted at in earlier chapters, and I’m trying not to drop any threads or leave any loose ends.
On the other hand, that’s what scissors are for, right?
There are four more chapters after this one, so here’s the thing: Ask me in mid-May, say around the 14th, where I am. If I’m not on chapter 16, get in your car or hop on a plane, come down here, and kick my ass.
Of course, I know you can’t do that, faceless anonymous reader on the Internet. This is more to remind myself that I may need to kick my own ass if I’m not nearing the home stretch in May.
And then there are a couple of short stories that I want to see if I can’t finish before the end of the year. Not to mention book #3. At least I already have a first draft of that book in the can.
Did I mention that I came up with an idea for book #4 last week?