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My Writer's Journal

Out of Touch

I know, I know - I said I'd post a blog once a week, no matter what. And I've failed. I've been blogging about THE BAD QUEEN, because that's the book that's out there, but I've been working on CLEOPATRA CONFESSES and then fell behind on THE WILD QUEEN, about Mary Queen of Scots, which was due June 1st. When I realized I couldn't make that and finish up a rewrite of CLEOPATRA, I asked for an extension to July 1st. then it became obvious that I couldn't make that one either and begged for another month.

Something had to give. I started getting up at 5 am. I worked in the evenings after dinner. I cut my M-W-F hour at the gym to just twice a week. No lunches with friends. I made my husband miserable.

But having to work that steadily does help to focus the mind. The manuscript was on Editor Julie's computer by Thursday morning, August 5th. The house, I realized, was a mess. The backyard, always my pride and joy, was a disaster. But the first draft was finished!

Is it any good? I don't know. We'll see. Editor Julie will get back to me. Meanwhile, I can pull some weeds. Maybe even see a movie. And next week I'll write about The Versailles Glide. For sure.
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