Well, I said I was going to do it and I did. I sat down at my computer yesterday and started working my way toward the end of my new book, Dead Romeos, and except for a few breaks to get up and move around a little bit, and go to the bathroom, I kept right at it until dinnertime, typing the last paragraph just as Miss Terry was telling me that it was on the table.
This is the seventh book in the John Lee Quarrels series, and my third book so far this year. I started working on it two months ago, on July 15th and yesterday was September 15, so exactly two months. It came in at 84,500 words. Today I will give it a final read through to look for any glaring errors, and then print it out so Terry can begin the proofing and editing process. When she is done my next two proofreaders will get it. I plan to have it out by the end of the month. I’m excited!
I was surprised that at the very end, one of the characters in the story wound up dead. I didn’t see that coming and I really didn’t mean to kill him! Bad Nick! Very bad.
While Miss Terry is proofing the new book, I have a ton of emails I have been pushing to the back burner to deal with, along with a couple of podcast interviews I’ve been invited to do. And who knows? I might even take an hour or two just to goof off. I’ve been known to do that from time to time.
Something else I have to do today is contact the specialist to follow up on the biopsy to determine the extent of my Giant Cell Arteritis. Somebody called midday Friday to ask when I would be available and I told them anytime they needed me. The woman said she would get back to me shortly. Then, at 4 PM, the specialist’s office called me to see if the surgeon had me scheduled yet. I told her about the earlier call, but that nobody had gotten back to me. She said she was going to call them right then because this was not something we could wait to get done. I thought I might get a call back shortly, but nothing came in. Hurry up and wait, I’ve been doing it since my very first day in the Army and it’s a pattern that seems to follow me all through civilian life, too.
Congratulations Beckie Dobbins, winner of our drawing our for an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground rating, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. We had 81 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – It doesn’t matter how low the dollar might go, I will always bend down and pick it up.