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Notes from My Desk

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Yes, my books are soooooo sexy, as you can tell by these notes. Ha! They’re all about when so-and-so had to have sex to produce so-and-so. (trying not to give away too much here). The note in the lower left reads, in part, “or cld sy con’d march 15 due dec 15” and “have sex april 2 so bby due 40 wks later” and “must say had sex april 15.” I’m drowning in post it notes! Multiply these by about  20 and you have an idea of what my desk looks like right now. I’m still working on the end of After the Storm. I’m on page 467. I guess I just don’t want to let go of these characters, but I intend to send them on their way by Monday. It’s going to be a loooong weekend.  

16 Comments

  1. brenda on March 29, 2008 at 1:25 pm

    I am home–enjoyed playing Nana. I spent this a.m. doing mail and much needed shopping for gifts and running errand. My papers to grade are on my desk-don’t ask…your desk looks like mine…
    Actually, I keep college papers in one carry on and high school papers in a carry on…Although I am totally right-brained…I am also totally organized…too much so I guess.
    Enjoy the weekend…will be thinking of you writing.
    Brenda

  2. brenda on March 29, 2008 at 1:26 pm

    P.S. Just an aside-someone going to your BLOG might think you are writing the notes to yourself-to remind you of what to do on what dates. That is a 🙂 funny matter…

  3. Diane Chamberlain on March 29, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    LOL, brenda. Sex in March? Hey, why not.

  4. Gina on March 29, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    LOL Diane! You’re right, Brenda, when I saw the post it notes, I thought, “why is Diane telling us when she’s having sex? Bahahahahahahaha – Should have read the blog first! LOL…
    I know you’ll come up with a great ending Diane. You ALWAYS do. And, you ALWAYS trick us! I never know what’s going to hit me when I reach the end. Then bam! There you go! You’re always throwing something at us that we never would have thought would happen. I love that!

  5. Julie on March 29, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    I discovered this week that using a calendar as I was writing my WIP would have been a VERY GOOD IDEA for this very reason. Let’s just say I was not good at mental math in this instance…
    I have a fix to make that, while not impossible, is a bit tricky. Reminds me of your post a few weeks ago. 🙂

  6. brenda on March 30, 2008 at 11:19 am

    Julie-read your BLOG-I love the places you have been visiting in Ft. Worth-that’s where my son went to college…then worked in Dallas a year before doing law school in Austin-then working in Houston…found his way to Florida via other paths…I LOVE TEXAS…Ft. Worth is beautiful…Have lots of memories there would love to share as you explore…

  7. brenda on March 30, 2008 at 11:23 am

    I was scheduling a weekend to go to NC to hear D. speak/or see her sign books at the bookstore in Raleigh??? However, in June, I am not out of school…and am also getting ready the next weekend to board the plane for Florida…to my son’s…In July-my daughter and her family plan to visit that weekend and hopefully help me paint…
    I will continue to watch your schedule…Frankly, I want a weekend away and am thinking of inviting some of my friends across the country to meet that weekend to get together…

  8. Laura on March 31, 2008 at 11:12 am

    To all you “Diane regular’s”, just thought you’d want to know that Margo’s dad passed away last evening. So send some good thoughts her way–Thanks 🙁

  9. Diane Chamberlain on March 31, 2008 at 11:31 am

    Laura, thanks for letting us know. I had a feeling that’s what was going on, since she’s been missing from the blog this past week. She’s such a sweetheart and my heart goes out to her.

  10. Gina on March 31, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    I haven’t been here very long, but my thoughts and prayers go out to Margo.

  11. Liz on March 31, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    2 thoughts – 1st – Margo, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. It is never easy, no matter the circumstances. I hope you find some comfort. I wondered why you hadn’t been on the blog for awhile.
    2nd thought – this seems silly, now, from the perspective of losing loved ones – but Diane – in response to your latest posting, I’ve always loved the way you write about sex. It’s very classy – the way you describe what is happening. I don’t care for graphics that some other authors use, but don’t like the absence of it, either, as some have authors have been doing with subsequent books. We may be getting older, but sex is still important.

  12. Diane Chamberlain on March 31, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    >>I don’t care for graphics that some other authors use, but don’t like the absence of it, either

  13. Julie on March 31, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Oh, Margo, when you read this, I am so sorry to hear about your father. Our hearts go out to you, and I hope you are able to find some comfort and peace in your time of sorrow.
    Also…Brenda, thanks for reminding me that I love Texas, too. Some days I need to be reminded. 🙂
    And when our angry teenaged boys say those four-letter words in real life it drives us crazy, too, but they are going to say them sometimes. Wouldn’t ring true if we didn’t write them true, huh?
    Hope everyone has a good week, most of all, Margo.

  14. Liz on March 31, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Well, Diane – see how personally your readers take your work? I hadn’t thought about how is an author to win? Good question. I’m glad I could make you laugh, though. It’s a very rainy Monday here in the midwest and I’m mourning that my Florida vacation is over, while remembering all the good things in my life. I would guess that one of the reasons I love your books so much is that there is just the “right amount” of sex with your characters and it is very appropriate. I’m a very liberal person, but I did get concerned with one of my former favorite authors when the characters would become sexually involved in less than a week. This is too wierd because I just put it into words right now, but I pay so little attention to details (I thought), that I would backtrack in the book to see how long they had known each other. When I realized how quickly it happened (sex, I mean) I became somewhat disenchanted with her. Then, in her last few books, there is NO sex. What happened???

  15. brenda on March 31, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Margo-our thoughts are with you…Believe we UNDERSTAND.

  16. Diane Chamberlain on March 31, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    >>When I realized how quickly it happened (sex, I mean) I became somewhat disenchanted with her. Then, in her last few books, there is NO sex. What happened???

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