BEFORE THE STORM is done! I tightened the last scene on Sunday and emailed it (105,000 words, 406 manuscript pages) to my editor and agent. Now I wait for their thoughts on revisions. Meanwhile, it’s vacation time! Woo hoo! Actual relaxation. We’re having such a great time. I slept almost all day yesterday. It felt soooooooo good after several weeks of sleep deprivation. There are ten adults in this house and three kids, age three and under. It’s noisy but lots of fun. We’re in a development on Bogue Banks with a pool. I’d forgotten how great it is to putter around in the water, especially with the little ones. Haven’t made it to the beach yet–sun phobic–but hope to one morning soon. Today John and I are going to the little town of Beaufort to explore.
One of the cool things about this development is that it has a “private island” out in the intracoastal waterway. There is an incredibly long walkway through the marsh and sweetgrass leading out to a lovely gazebo where we’ve watched the sunset. I wisely brought my (mobility) scooter, the Rascal, with me. I rarely use it these days, but rheumatoid arthritis and a long walk don’t go together very well, so I knew it would be a necessity if I wanted to go to the little island. Here’s a view of the gazebo from the walkway. My grandson, NJ, loved getting a ride back with his wind-blown Grammy Di!
I’m starting to think about the sequel to BEFORE THE STORM. It’s fun to think about the various possibilities, especially when I’m not feeling any pressure (yet) to produce something concrete. I’m also dabbling with a non-fiction idea.
As for what I’m reading: TRAVELING MERCIES, by Anne Lamott. I read it long ago, but am re-reading it for my book club. It’s non-fiction, and a wonderful book I highly recommend about one woman’s spiritual journey. Lamott is so funny and irreverent, and yet her epiphanies are profound and could resonate, I think, with just about everyone.
I was just instructed it’s time to get off the computer and back to the fun, so that’s all for now.