Tuesday evening I finished polishing Big Lake Reckoning and printed it out for Miss Terry to start the editing and proofing process. Once she’s done and I make the needed corrections it moves on to the second proofreader. Meanwhile, my cover artist, Elizabeth Mackey, is working on some design ideas. It should all come together by the end of the month.
That makes eight Big Lake mysteries, and I still have several more to go in the series as well as a bunch of other books I’d like to write. I just have to decide what to start on next. I need to clone myself so I can get them all done.
But before I can even think about my next book I need to get the new issue of the Gypsy Journal done. I worked on it all day yesterday and into the evening, getting a good start on it.
I knocked off so we could meet Dan and Patty Chance and Nancy Kissack for dinner at The Lost Roo, an Australian-themed restaurant in Long Beach. It was prime rib night, which is what Dan and I had, and I’d have to say it was the best prime rib I’ve ever eaten. Terry and Patty had the Portobello mushroom burger, and Nancy went with the Thai Peanut Chicken, and all three ladies said their dinners were delicious.
Diane Morris had contacted me on Facebook to say that a group of RVing Revolution kite flyers are at an RV park here in town and usually fly at the beach every day, so when we left the restaurant Terry and I drove over to see if we could spot anybody, and sure enough there were five kites in the air. Kite flyers are as friendly as RVers and they made us welcome. I called Nancy and she came over and joined us and we watched them practicing formation flying. These folks are good!
When they took a break, we chatted with some of them and picked up a few tips. They said we were welcome to break out our kites and join them, but it was pretty chilly and I needed to get back home to get some more work done, so we begged off. But they fly every day, so I’m sure we’ll get back down before too long.
Back at home I answered some e-mail and then got back to work on the new issue. And today will be pretty much the same thing.
It’s Thursday, so it’s time for a new Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an audiobook of The Devil To Pay, the fourth book in my pal George Weir’s excellent Bill Travis 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 – Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia. – E.L. Doctorow