I’m alive! But still in my writing cave. Not talking about the book right now, just writing, hoping and praying. But yesterday, I got out for a while to hang out with author-friend Karin Tabke. I met her years ago through the Murder She Writes blog and it was so freaking awesome to see her again. We spent three hours just talking and I could have gone on forever. I hope we can get together again soon.
So otherwise, I’m mostly working, but at night when I stop, my eyes have been tired so I don’t read. Instead, I’ve been watching tons of episodes of Dog Whisper with Caesar Milan. I’m pretty much overdosing on this because A) I love dogs, and B) It’s easy watching on my Kindle Fire and I can wind down. I don’t really have to think.
So…yesterday morning Wizard and I were talking about going to see his brother up north this year, and I said, “I heard you tell your brother on teh phone yesterday, ‘Yeah Jen works a lot but she enjoys it.'”
He gave me a confused look. “And the problem? You do enjoy it.”
“Not always, I can’t wait to be done. In fact, I’m going to quit.” I warmed up the idea so I could quit worrying about how I’m going to end this book, get it edited and to the editor in just a few days. Plus I have my next Once A Marine book to do line edits on one second after I send in CAGED MAGIC. Projects are stacking up and I’m feeling the pressure.
“Quit and do what?” Wizard asked. “Let’s face it, you don’t sit around and do nothing very well.”
That’s not true. I am fantastic at being lazy and unproductive. However I had a backup plan. “I’m going to quit and start a new career training dogs.” For which I am completely unqualified but I hate letting details ruin my fantasy.
Without missing a beat, Wizard said, “Go right ahead. Set up your business online.”
“How am I going to train dogs online?” That’s just stupid. And I know he’s just humoring me so I started up the stairs to do something or other, done with the conversation.
Wizard used his oh-so-patient voice.”You set up your business online to get clients.”
I stopped at the top of the stairs and stared down at him. “Oh, that makes more sense.” It’s almost like he’s taking me seriously.
“You can call it Cleopatra.”
“What?” I mean has he been thinking about this? I was kidding about training dogs, I don’t even have a dog. But I was curious. “Why would I call it Cleopatra?”
“Because the name Caesar is taken.” (Caesar Milan from Dog Whisperer)
I walked right into that one. Sigh.
So how was your weekend?
February 23rd, 2015 at 3:39 am · Link
I’m so glad you got out and had a great time. You need to do that more often. It’s good for you.
Again, you and Wizard are too much fun. Love Cleopatra:).
Weekend was cold and snowy. Even colder now. Thank heaven for working furnace.
Have a great day!
February 23rd, 2015 at 5:22 am · Link
I suspect if you actually ever quit writing, your head would explode. You know, story-buildup creates pressure that has to be vented onto the page or else… Keplooey. It’s not a pretty sight. ;o)
I’m so glad you got a chance to meet with Karin. I’m totally jealous, of course, but still happy for you two. When I was in FL last spring, I got to meet a writer friend for the first time and it was awesome. Come to think of it, I met you online because I followed Karin from her personal blog to MSW. And all of you gals are super.
I got my first book compliment from someone I’ve never talked to before – oddly from Karin’s FB post on my book. So that was cool. I finished the initial round of edits from the notes I made on my next book, and then I screwed around creating a book cover for it. Watched some videos on book marketing. Read a lot yesterday. If you’re into SF at all, I really recommend the Stardoc series by SL Viehl. Oh, and I braved the roads to finally get to the store. As I suspected, the neighborhood roads were crap, but the highways were fine. Too bad there’s more snow on the way. Blech.
February 23rd, 2015 at 8:25 am · Link
Quit? No you can’t. I mean, thats just crazy! Glad Wiz talked you out of that one in his own odd way.
I feel you’re pain though. This gig ain’t easy. I wonder if I will ever get used to all the mega-highs and mega-lows that comes with it.
Keep going, Jen. You know I’m rooting for you!
February 23rd, 2015 at 1:49 pm · Link
Viki, I’m very glad you have heat too Hope you have a great day!
February 23rd, 2015 at 1:52 pm · Link
B.E., I hope you get the chance to meet Karin in person. She’s exactly what she seems online, funny, generous, etc!
Yay on the compliment! I hope it gave you that feeling of validation!
I haven’t read SF in a while. I like it once in a while, I should check out the book you mentioned!
February 23rd, 2015 at 1:59 pm · Link
Ashlynn, no worries, I’m not quitting And thanks for rooting for me!
That’s a good question if we get used to the highs and lows. We’re just so invested that I’m not sure we ever get totally used to it. Maybe just less surprised by them?