We’ve been busy with some chores the last couple of days and I had not had any time for writing. So yesterday after I dealt with all of the e-mails that came in overnight, I parked myself in front of the computer and went to work.
By the time I knocked off several hours later, I had cranked out another 4,300 words in my next Big Lake mystery novel, bringing the total to over 15,000 words in the eight days since I started on it. Hopefully today I’ll get in a few thousand more words.
One of the perks of being an author is that I can spend a lot of time goofing off and pretend that I’m really working. I’ll stretch out on the couch for a nap and tell Terry that I’m working over a particularly sticky plot point. And if she happens to walk in and I’m cruising the internet and there is a woman in the screen dressed in something skimpy, I can swear I’m just doing research. No, I’m not enjoying it at all, it’s just all part of the job, dear.
Seriously, can you imagine some cop looking at the typical mystery novelist’s online browsing history? My history for the last few months includes date rape drugs, setting off skyrockets, effective shooting ranges for a .22 rifle, how much deflection a rifle bullet would have when shot through the back window of a car, the KKK, lynching, what a pathologist would look for on a skeleton to determine the cause of death, and what state agency handles the crime scene investigation when a police officer is murdered.
That’s why I was so happy to get this new shirt yesterday. You never know when having something like this might come in handy.
While I was writing, Miss Terry was warping perle cotton yarn and then threading it through her loom’s reed in preparation for setting up a new weaving project. We will probably be leaving Elkhart Campground in the next week or so but Terry wanted to get one more project done before we start on our winter travels.
Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Mountain Angel by my friend Suzie O’Connell. 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 this evening.
Thought For The Day – We all have our time machines. Some take us back, they’re called memories. Some take us forward, they’re called dreams. ~ Jeremy Irons