September 15th, 2011
Back Again

Sorry, I tried to post yesterday and my site wouldn’t let me on. Yes, I’m still having technical difficulties. I will get them taken care of soon. 🙂

Had a good/hectic time while home visiting. My Aunt’s 90th birthday party went off without a hitch, though it did tire her out quite a bit. I don’t think she expected to have to take so many pictures. 🙂 If I showed you her picture you’d NEVER believe that she was ninety. Seriously. Very few gray hairs on her dark head and not many wrinkles. We’re talking terminator genes. Like any visit back home, the trip had both highs and lows. We went to the graveyard to visit my aunt who passed a few weeks ago. I couldn’t make it down for the funeral, but I was determined to pay my respects. We drove a few hours to get there. It turned out to be a really wonderful day despite the sadness that surrounded the trip. We had a nice lunch with her daughters, then went to visit a river that I grew up playing in. This particular river has cradled my family for generations. It feels alive to me and will always be part of the ‘family’. It’s my Chattahoochee.

While I was home I found out that a friend of mine killed himself back in May. I’ve been trying to get in touch with him for the past several months and now I know why I haven’t been able to. This marks the third suicide that has struck close to home. The one thing I hate more than anything about suicide is never having answers. 🙁

I managed to edit a couple of times while I was visiting, but I didn’t get far. It’s hard to do that and visit with folks. I really need to learn how to balance both, especially since dh and I are looking at staying places for longer periods of time.

I have exactly four weeks before I head off for the Novelist Inc. conference. In that time, I need to finish edits on my YA, edit Phantom Warriors: Bacchus, edit Phantom Warriors: Saber-tooth, and Hot Shot. It’s a LOT of work to get done, so I will be putting my head down/nose to the grindstone, etc. until I leave.

In the meantime, feast your eyes on two of my new covers:

6 comments to “Back Again”

  1. Beautiful river, gorgeous covers. So sorry about your friend. As for working on the go, maybe find ways to bring a “work environment” with you or set up ways to separate your time for work vs. play?

  2. Charli,

    Thanks! I love that river. Yep, Frauke did a great job with them.

    I’m saddened about my friend. I’ve known him for a long time. Even went out on a couple of dates, but we were friends more than anything and it hurts.

    I think I’m going to have to separate my time. It will probably require stepping out of the house/hotel/wherever for a while to get the work done.

  3. They did a great job on the covers, especially the Bacchus one.

  4. Thanks Bernard! I really like what she came up with. Should attract attention. 🙂

  5. I forgot to mention I’m reading ‘Solomon’s Seals’. That is a great first person POV beginning! If I’d been sampling it, rather than having already purchased it, I would have bought it.

  6. Thanks Bernard! That makes my day. It only took me four different openings to find it. 😉 Hope you enjoy the book. It’s one of my favorites, if not, my favorite. 🙂