I spent most of yesterday being very busy doing not much of anything at all, if that makes any sense. If you’ve ever been an employer, you know what I’m talking about because you’ve probably seen employees do that more than once.
I had written the first chapter of my next John Lee Quarrels book to tack on to the end of the new one as a teaser and I gave it to Miss Terry to read, then made the corrections she suggested. But the more I read it, the less I liked it, so I have to redo that.
Then I spent quite a bit of time doing genealogy research on ancestry.com. I thought I had overcome a major stumbling block in my maternal grandmother’s line. Everything came together perfectly and I was really excited about it. But when I called Rocky Frees, my cousin Berni’s husband, who is also busy tracing his and her roots, he pointed out a complication that throws everything out of whack. We’re not sure where it’s going to end up, but I’ve got a strong suspicion that I was barking up the wrong family tree, so to speak. Genealogy is a lot of fun if you love research, which I do, but it can also be very frustrating.
Our friend Jim Lewis has been under the weather the last few days, but he was feeling a little better and stopped over yesterday afternoon and we chatted for a while. When he left I popped back into ancestry for a bit, then decided I needed to take a break from it because my head was spinning.
While I was doing that, Terry was busy, too. She replaced the ugly curtains in her loom room with nice window blinds, and then she put blinds over the double doors leading from the loom room to the garage. She did a great job with them and they really look nice.
About 11:30 PM my cousin Beverly, who is my second proofreader, called to tell me she had finished going over my new book, The Gecko In The Corner. So I knocked out the necessary corrections, and today I will format the book, redo that first chapter of the third book in the series, and upload it to Amazon’s Kindle bookstore. Hopefully it will be live sometime this afternoon or evening, depending on how fast things move on their end.
Today is your last chance to enter our Free Drawing for an audiobook of Point Taken, the tenth book in my friend Ben Rehder’s excellent Blanco County mystery series. I’ve read just about all of Ben’s books, and I don’t think he could write a bad story if he tried. 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 – I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. – Rita Rudner