I didn’t sleep well the night before and woke up feeling groggy yesterday morning, so it was a little after noon before I started writing. But I still managed to crank out another 5,500 words and finished Badge Bunny, the third book in my John Lee Quarrels mystery series. It came in at just over 79,000 words.
I began working on the book on August 30, and we were gone for a week taking our Winnebago to PPL Motorhomes in Houston to drop it off, so it took me around five weeks to write this one. That’s not too bad, to my way of thinking. This is my 18th mystery novel, not counting the 10 or 12 nonfiction books I also have out. I’m rather proud of that, if I do say so myself.
This morning I will print it out and then Terry will begin the first editing and proofreading. When she’s done we’ll repeat the process with our second proofreader, and then do it one more time with a third one. Hopefully that won’t take too long, and the book should be out sometime this coming week, or the week after.
In other book news, the printed version of Big Lake Tragedy is now available on Amazon, for those of you who aren’t into e-books.
While I was doing that, Miss Terry was busy working the finishing touches on the towels I showed you in yesterday’s blog, as well as these two scarves she did a while back.
The different patterns she can do simply by changing which foot pedals to push down at different times always amazes me.
I get confused enough trying to remember which of the two pedals in my car to push at any given time. Back in the days when cars had a clutch I was really a mess!
While Terry is proofing the new book, I’ll spend some of my time this weekend deciding which stories to put in the next issue of the Gypsy Journal, then I’ll start working on it next week while the other proofreaders are doing their thing. As Gilda Radner’s character Roseanne Roseannadanna used to always say on Saturday Night Live, it’s always something.
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So far over 65 people have entered our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Dog’s Run, my mystery set in a small Midwestern town in 1951. I have written over seventeen novels, and a total of close to thirty books in all, but I have to say that this is my favorite of all of them. I think that’s because it’s loosely based upon a case my father was involved in when he was a young deputy sheriff back when my parents were first married, and I remember hearing the story several times over the years.
To enter, all you have to do is click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – Have you ever noticed, when you’re driving, that anyone who’s driving slower than you is an idiot, and anyone driving faster than you is a maniac? — George Carlin