It’s been a busy few days, and I’ve barely had time to think connected thoughts. But rather than leaving the blog to drift any longer, I decided to share some of my disconnected thoughts.

1. I just read my headachy son half of My Mom the Pirate, and guess what the mom’s name turned out to be? Tanya the Terrible! Shiver me timbers. I’m going to talk pirate-speak for the rest of the day. (That’s really going to help with the connected thoughts thing…)

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2. I sent the first draft of my latest non-fiction manuscript to the editor about ten days ago and she’s SENT IT BACK ALREADY! This is entirely unfair, in my opinion. I should get at least three weeks to rest my brain. Her comments are both brief and reasonable, and she’s a lovely, funny editor, so I’m trying to find it in my heart to forgive her efficiency. Then I can start work on the edits…

3. My publisher has a real-life copy of When the Worst Happens in her office at this very moment. The book’s not out until September and the rest of the copies are on a ship somewhere between Asia and here, but she has an advance sample. Tomorrow I get to pretend to be glamorous and head downtown for lunch to see said copy and said publisher. Usually these lunches are full of news about what other writers are planning and I arrive having sworn to work on nothing new for six months, then leave with my head awhirl in ideas.

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Just what I need… my head awhirl.

All good things, at least! Now I’m — hoist the mast, mateys! — off to talk like a pirate again.

3 thoughts on “Whirlwinds

  1. Jacqui

    Just bumped into your ‘When the Worst Happens’ publisher this morning. I told her to have a nice lunch with you.

    There was silence. Followed by a nervous laugh.

    I think she thinks I’m stalking you…


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