Last night Terry finished the editing and first proofing of my new Big Lake book and I made the corrections. Then I sent it off to my other two proofreaders. It should be live sometime early next week.
The book came in at just a little under 77,000 words. In looking at my notes, I started working on it on May 20th. So when you factor in the two weeks it took me to put the last issue of the Gypsy Journal together, our week long RV trip, then our nearly three week trip to Arizona due to my daughter’s heart attack, and then to northern Alabama on the way home for my daughter-in-law’s medical issue, I had roughly six weeks to work on the book. I guess that’s not too bad.
My friend Jim Lewis asked me how I can put out a book in such a short time, since it takes him the better part of a week to write a postcard. Here’s the thing, that’s how long it takes me to get it from my brain to the computer. But the stories are growing in my head all the time. So when I sit down to write a book, the biggest part of the job is just getting the stuff out of there and onto the computer. As most of you know, my pal Greg White is about the smartest person I’ve ever known, and there is not much he can’t do. But so far, he hasn’t figured out a way to install a USB port in my skull so I can just download stuff directly. I wish you’d get on that, Greg.
And just to whet your appetite a little bit more for the new book, here’s the cover that the fabulously talented Elizabeth Mackey designed for it. This young lady is amazing. I send her an email with two or three lines about a book, sometimes I make a suggestion or two about what I think I want to see (and sometimes I just leave it up to her), and within a day or so I’ve got a completed book cover. Pretty awesome!
I don’t have a lot to do until the proofreaders get done doing their thing, so I may sneak away for an hour or two and take my Garrett AT Pro metal detector for a walk down the beach to see if I can reduce the amount of pull tabs and bottle caps littering the sand. If I do, and if I find anything interesting, I’ll tell you about it in the blog.
Several blog readers have asked where they can find pictures and information on the 2002 Winnebago Ultimate Advantage motorhome we are selling. I have set up a page for it, with lots of info and photos. You can access it here at this Motorhome For Sale link.
So far over 60 people have entered our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Crazy Days In Big Lake, book 3 in my Big Lake mystery series. 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 Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – Effort is important. But knowing where to make an effort can make all the difference!