Hello all of you April foolers out there. What kind of shenanigans are you up to today? Putting salt in the sugar bowl. Maybe stretching saran wrap over the toilet. So many pranks and so little time.
Joking around and having fun on April Fools’ Day is always a hoot, but I’m not fooling you when I say that yesterday I finished Sweet Tea And Jesus, my 6th John Lee Quarrels book. I started it on January 27 and took a couple of weeks off to go to Arizona for a family issue, so it took a few days over two months to complete.
It came in at a little over 80K words. Usually by the time one of my books gets edited it winds up with another 400 to 800 words. That’s in the normal average word count for books in the series. The five previous ones range from a low of just over 73,000 to over 84,000 words. This morning I will give the last 4,000 words I did yesterday a read through and then print it out so Miss Terry can begin the editing and proofing process.
And here’s a sneak peek at the cover, created by the always fantastic Elizabeth Mackey. Elizabeth designs all my book covers, and I never cease to be amazed by the fact that I can tell her the title of the book and maybe give her a one or two line overview of the story and she comes up with a cover that’s just perfect.
I’m eager to start my next book, Big Lake Ninja, but Terry tells me I need to take at least a few days off to play and recharge my batteries. Now, will I actually do it? That remains to be seen.
I have said before that I believe strongly in setting goals for myself and giving myself rewards when I reach those goals. It really does work and keeps me motivated. Well, that and the bills that seem to show up in my mailbox every month, just like clockwork. My reward for getting this one done is to renew my subscription to Ancestry.com. I love doing genealogy research, the only problem is that I enjoy it so much that I sometimes get wrapped up in it, and before I know it hours have gone by and I didn’t get anything else accomplished.
I know, it’s all about self-control and willpower. But have you seen my body? Those are not my strongest character points.
And in closing, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
Congratulations Bruce Besmen, winner of our drawing for an audio book of undone, the first book in my buddy Jason Deas’ new Burt Bigsley mystery series. We had 41 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – Instead of a condom, I keep a moist towelette in my wallet because I run into buffalo wings more often than I do unexpected sex.