Eleven days until Drew In Blue is published! Woohoo! Jeez, the time is flying. I've been focusing a lot on ways to promote the book, sitting in front of the computer and zipping around from site to site, designing this, researching that.
I started #LDchat on Twitter on Wednesdays. Yes, I'm sure you've seen the maniacal tweeting from me and wondered if I was smoking crack. It's a Twitter hashtag chat between the authors of Lazy Day Publishing, and anyone who cares to join in. Been a pretty fun experiment, especially with Twitter's propensity for crawling along at a snail's pace when we're trying to keep an organized conversation flowing. But new faces are popping in during the chat, which is FANTASTIC, so the goal of getting out there and connecting with people is coming along nicely.
Got the ARC for Drew In Blue and have started shopping around for book review blogs. One lovely blogger/author has kindly offered to send me a list of good blogs to look at for such a thing. With it being just a week until publication, I doubt I'll see any reviews by December 1st, but you'll see the announcements when reviews begin to post. Don't even get me started on how nervous this stage of the process makes me. Miss Neurotic is out asking for honest, public feedback on Drew. *shudders*
Of course, if any blogger/reviewer is reading this entry and is interested in interviewing and/or reading and reviewing an ARC of Drew, message me, I'm on board!
Just submitted an interview to another fellow Lazy Day author, so look for links to that when she posts. Great questions, can't wait to see it!
Working on a guest blog for January that I will need to submit shortly. Hoping I'll have that finished up in the next day or so.
Waiting for a shipment of some promotional stuff I intend to carpet bomb the nation with. I was holding off until I got the cover for Drew. Did you notice I got the cover art for Drew? I'm sure it was easy to miss my five thousand posts about it!
THIS close to meeting our Twitter challenge of reaching 1000 followers before December 1st. Know anyone on Twitter? Nudge them to follow, if I get to 1000, I'm sending a gift box to a randomly selected follower.
I am waiting for a peek at my book trailer, which is a lot easier than waiting for my book cover. Not that it's any less exciting. I just was super eager to catch a peek at what our cover artist came up with, and the artist in me is now stoked and hibernating for a few days.
On the personal front, I am still prepping to move. Did everyone get THAT memo? I'm going to be a Carolina Girl and finally justify that pink palm tree sticker emblazoned across Gracie's rear window. Boom was kind enough to let me mail a few boxes to her house. Mostly I mailed clothing, which good grief, I didn't realize I had so many clothes! I think I kept it to the ten box limit I set for myself. I hope. I hope. I hope. In exchange for her awesomeness, I will either attempt to cook for the Boomers or steal some meal checks before she gets her mitts on it.
I think I'm almost packed. There's a lot I'm leaving behind. My brother was planning on taking some things to auction, so hopefully that stuff will be worthy of auctioning off. Or trashed after everyone rejects the stuff at auction. My room still looks like a total mess, but I think I'm down to random junk that should hopefully amount to one or two more boxes.
Gracie's trunk is stuffed to the max. I took the small box approach, which worked well. It looks like a hyped up Jenga game back there, the way things are loaded. I have four book boxes that fit perfectly across the back seat of the car, so I think I might be able to pull this off after all.
So, I've got an apartment waiting for me, got the utilities lined up and ready to go, and all I have to do is hope it doesn't snow the day I decide to hop in the car and head south!
With all this going on, my muse has gone into a coma. The mother and the aunt with Alzheimer's are a constant distraction, so I've decided to keep on taking notes and writing out the random ideas as they hit, but I'm not going to force things. I'm going to focus on getting Drew officially to print, get down to South Carolina and get my super cool 'office' set up and ready to go, and as soon as I get settled I'm taking advantage of the quiet and will get cracking on the Janie story again and get her finished up and ready for her own round of shopping.
So yeah. Lots of stress. But it's not bad stress. Doesn't that sound like a totally stupid statement? But it's true. My plate is overflowing right now, but it's filled with good things that I'm looking forward to. Bring on 2011!
Sorry for the rambling. Head sorting time, ya know?