I can't believe it's been so long since I've blogged regularly! I can now report that Book 3 is turned in, and Book 4 is forming in my mind. I'm sort of free — or at least until I get revisions for B3. Until that time, I've been catching up on much-needed housecleaning.
Oh dear heaven, how did these dust bunnies get so big?! And Spring totally passed me by — we're in summer, and I haven't planted the first flower in my pots yet. Oh, and I have a snake living in the wall. Yes, seriously. Not too surprised to discover that our builder didn't use proper weephole covers, actually. (A weephole is a gap in the brick so moisture doesn't accumulate inside the wall.) And without the covers, critters get inside. In my case, it's a black snake.
I don't want to hurt the snake. It's a good snake, not a bad one, so I keep hoping to see him go slithering away for a meal so I can cover the hole. This morning, I discovered that he'd shed his skin under my window. Ick. He's definitely still in there, sigh.
Aside from that fascinating news, nothing much going on. Waiting for my editor's opinion, thinking of next book, shocked conference is a month away (not prepared yet!), and trying to catch up on my promo efforts. Oh, and my mother-in-law gets the prize for reading my book the fastest of all the family. I shipped it to her last week; yesterday she called to say she'd read it and it made her cry (in a good way, yay!).
What's up with you?
Remind me not to visit until the snake is gone.
It’s a good snake
I’m sorry, but the only good snake is a dead one.
My house is brick too so must investigate this weephole business.
Yay on finishing book 3!
Black snakes eat rats and mice, Marilyn! I’d rather have the snake than a rat. Though I’m not thrilled abut Mr. Snake in my wall, I’m glad he’s not poisonous.
Yeah, definitely have a look at your weepholes. They should have mesh covers somewhere — mine have none, obviously. Thinking of putting the snake skin in an envelope and sending it to the builder. Guess I’d get arrested though. 😉
Does that mean you have time for a visit to Oklahoma? 😉
I wish I had some spare time this summer, but I’m barely squeezing in one conference and some family time before I have to head to places east.
Hey, Mark! Been wondering what happened to you. Unfortunately, my summer is also packed. Next book to be started, RWA conference in DC next month, and something in August which I can’t remember at the moment.
By east, do you mean Middle East?
I’m as excited over you handing in your third book as I was hearing you’d sold your first. Congrats!
Snakes on a plane.
Snakes in a house.
Indiana said, “Why did it have to be snakes.”
Can I get an Anaconda?
Thanks, Kathy! 🙂
Congrats! LOL, my question for you is, how do you approach revisions?
For me, I’m boring not much to report…LOL
Just writing and working.
And you plant flowers? *sigh* I lack in that department. I’m trying to coax a few tomato plants and pepper plants to bloom. I have a black thumb.
Mary, I owe you an email. 🙂 I also have a black thumb, believe me!
As for revisions, well, you read the comments your editor has made, mull them over, and get to work. It can be hard, that’s for sure. But usually something clicks and you understand why she wanted the changes.
When you don’t have an editor, you hopefully have critique partners you trust. You take everything they tell you, think about it and decide if it’s valid, then get busy.
Sounds like a plan! 😆
Thanks!! Speaking of when do you usually get your revisions from your editor?
That depends. She’s had the current book for a week now. It’s usually a couple of weeks thus far. But it can take longer, depending on what they have on their desk.
I’m *still* on revisions. Ugh.
I will get this done, though. I have conference to obsess over.
I hear you on the obsessing! And I’ll be working on revisions soon enough, I’m sure!
I don’t care what kind of snake it is I don’t want to be near it, but like you I wouldn’t be able to hurt it. I hope it slithers out sooner rather then later.
Thanks, Nicole! I do wish it would go away. Hubby measured the skin yesterday. 55 inches. Quite a loooong snake. But he’s very thin, so not a big fat guy. Still, I want him to find other accommodations!
Ohhh, the snake sounds yucky. I do understand that he is doing good things like eating rats but I am still with you on the yucky factor. Good luck with that relocation plan!
He’s still there, Stephanie. 🙁 And I dreamed about snakes last night — not fun!! But we are concocting various evil plans to make sure we know when he’s out hunting — and then we will cover the hole. 😈
Dat be a baby anaconda! 😯
Lord, I can’t imagine. Can you imagine why anyone would keep a giant boa constrictor as a pet? I sure can’t!
I’ve actually just finished reading your book!!! Loved it… have raved a little on my blog 🙂
Rachael, you darling! Thank you so much. Popping over to read your comments. I’m so glad you enjoyed it!
Hi, Lynn! I was getting worried that you were giving away ALL your books when you’d really want people to buy them, but then I read further and saw it was a contest!
OK, so the hotel is La Belle Amelie.