Well, first of all, it’s very good! My life, I’m talking about. Spring is here, I feel great, I’m working out and have discovered muscles I haven’t seen in about fifteen years, I’ve got a super family and wonderful friends, two goofy happy dogs, and an ever-expanding legion of readers who appreciate my books. It’s all good.
But my life is also out of balance right now, as it always is this close to deadline. I don’t care. I’m having a great time rewriting The Midwife’s Confession, but my blog readers are going to have to hear me blather on about how crazy everything is from now until my May 1st deadline. Hope you don’t mind.
Here’s how my life is different now than the usual: I get up about an hour earlier and I skip reading the paper (Oh, I hate not getting to read the paper!). I take my early draft of TMC to Starbucks and go over the next few chapters with a red pen, making quite dramatic changes at this point. I go back through my plant list to see what I need to add to the new draft. I’ve made some serious character and point of view changes and have to add all of them. And I have to pretty up the writing, which is extraodinarily rough in my early draft. Around noon, I go to the gym to be a good girl. Then I go home to the computer and start putting in the changes I came up with at Starbucks. I do a lot of rewriting at the computer and I can easily spend an hour on a single paragraph. I stop for dinner, which I usually cook (ahem…), then it’s back to the computer. In the non-deadline days, John and I usually watch movies in the evening, but he’s on his own for now.
In addition to writing, I’m working with John on the video for The Lies We Told, with my assistant on my next e-newsletter (sign up on my mailing list to receive it if you haven’t already), with my publicists on events, and rereading Cypress Point to prepare it for its November re-issue.
As deadline gets closer, I’ll be going to bed later and getting up earlier and probably be having lots of bad dreams. But back in the good news department, I love the book! Whew. I never know till I get close to the end how it’s going to turn out, so that’s a relief.
So, tell me about your lives. Let me experience your normal lives vicariously, please. What are you up to these days?