I've been toddling along, waiting for summer to be over and telling myself that once fall arrived, I'd get really busy with my next books. Among the promises to myself is the one that says I'll have the book on self-publishing reading for Christmas shoppers. The leaves on our trees are still green, my impatiens bed is bursting with new blooms, and today's temperature will be 80 degrees. Of course, the weatherman just said that Denver is expecting a major winter storm tonight, but there's still a hurricane brewing in the Gulf, so it must still be summer here. The holiday season is a distant goal, but as soon as it turns cool, I'll know it's time to get to work.
Except . . . Halloween is just a week away, and then it'll be November -- Thanksgiving, Christmas decorations, holiday shoppers -- aaarrrgh! There, in a nutshell, you have part of my excuse for not blogging for almost a week. The realization that fall has moved on without me has sent me into a frenzy of multi-tasking.
The Second Mouse Gets the Cheese absolutely has to be finished before the end of November. This little book for self-publishers has assumed its final shape. In the past few days, I've finalized all of the publishing arrangements. Contracts are signed and paid for. The ISBN number is already assigned, and the Library of Congress cataloguing number is being processed. The design team responsible for the artistic stuff I can't handle is in place and impatient to get started. The cover designer has the illustration that will form the focal point of the cover, but is waiting for back cover copy and blurbs. The interior layout folks have cleared the illustrations but need the final edited manuscript. Kindle conversion is arranged. Everything depends, now, on my finishing the final edit.
So what have I been doing, you ask?. You mean, besides the usual stuff--cooking, laundry, grocery shopping, and bill paying? Besides attending a Lions Club district conference all day Saturday, running my own club meeting last night, getting ready to go to do a pre-school eye-screening this morning? Besides buying a new car and planning a research trip that will start on November 30th, whether I'm finished with "The Mouse" or not. Besides sleeping now and then?
I'm going to promise to do better with the blog, primarily because you readers help keep me on track. If I feel that I should report to you with progress updates, perhaps I'll stay better focused during the net several days. So off I go -- first to check the eyesight of those adorable 3- and 4-year-olds at today's day care center. Then back to the final nine chapters, looking for strange and awkward wording or curious omissions caused by imprecise first-round editing.
If you find a way to restore my fall season and postpone the encroaching holidays, please let me know.