Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Walkabout Wednesday... Moving is Hard -OR- Why My Brain Is No Longer Functioning

It's Wednesday. Let's go walkabout.

(I'm bringing along a few of my mates as I wander through the vast wilderness of the publishing industry, learning the ins and outs, and having a grand adventure.)

Walkabout, Week 16:

I am attempting to pack an entire house. By myself. Most of the packing was done weeks ago before we put the house on the market, but all the little last minute things need to be boxed up now. I'm discovering there aren't very many hours in the day. Has anyone else realized that. So very inconvenient!

I had this plan all worked out with lists and schedules and flowcharts. I was doing pretty darn well, I must say. Things were getting packed. I was feeling a little impressed with myself.

Then I got an email from my editor (still love saying that). That's right folks, I got the edits for Courting Miss Lancaster yesterday. Luckily I still have access to the internet and haven't packed up my computer. I panicked a little, then pulled up a couple moving boxes to serve as a desk and got to work.

The edit was actually pretty light (thanks to Ashleigh, Ginny and Jewel for all the presubmission proofreading--made a big difference, I think). There was one historical thing I needed to verify but, of course, all my reference materials were packed. I made a phone call to Donna Hatch--a fantastic fellow Regency author--to find out if I was completely off on this or if my memory was proving uncharacteristically reliable. Good news--I remembered correctly.

So I sent back my review of the edits this morning--yep, I'm very, very tired today--and it's back to packing.

Sarah M. Eden life tip of the day: Don't ever move out of state one week before Christmas, especially if you are also anticipating the arrival of book edits. A person simply must sleep.

PS--Don't forget I Need Friends Friday. This week's guest is not only an author, an experienced interviewer and a new friend, she's extremely patient and forgiving and cooperative. Yeah. There's a story there, and I will share the whole messy thing with you right here on Friday!!

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