Remember those essays? Surely I wasn't the only one who had to write them? That's what Joyce's prompt for this month - Summer - put me in mind of.
This year, I had a very busy summer. I took the kids out of school a day early so we could go to Norway to visit my family for two weeks. I couldn't let them attend their last day of school, because if they did, we wouldn't have been able to leave until Friday, and airfare costs more on weekends, and if we had waited until the next week, we wouldn't have been able to stay long enough, because 1) Number One Son started band camp three days after we got back and 2) I had a book released four days after we got back. We couldn't stay in Nashville until the day before band camp started because that was a Sunday and - again - the airfare costs more. And when you're traveling with three people - DH stayed here and held down the fort - you're looking at a few grand for airfare already, and every little bit helps.
So I got back from Norway and immediately kicked into high gear to promote A Cutthroat Business, which was released on June 15th. Signings started on the 17th, and just keep going, along with blogs and articles. This week, just to give you an idea of what's going on, I did an interview for BookEnd Babes on Monday, courtesy of my critique partner, Jamie Livingston, and I'm on the Barnes and Noble Book Club all week, as well as on 7 Criminal Minds all week. That last one means I had to write seven blogs last week. On Friday, in addition to this blog (and B&N and Criminal Minds) I'm on Fresh Fiction, and somewhere in there, there's a blog post for BookPage, too. And next week starts with a TV taping on Monday. And let's not forget the signing on Saturday night and the one next Saturday...
Before we leave for Florida, I also have to finish an article for Mystery Readers Journal, for their Island Mysteries issue. Mortar and Murder takes place on an island, and I'm rather proud of it, so I'm trying to come up with an article for the MJR fall issue to hawk my next book.
I mentioned my deadline earlier: it's September 1 for DIY-5, which currently has the working title Flipping Out. I doubt I'll get to keep it - the powers that be at Berkley didn't let me keep Island Getaway for DIY-4 either, but I intend to try. The manuscript is at 51,000 words right now, with just under 40K to go. I usually end up around 90,000 and have to cut a few thousand to tighten things up. They have to be written before I can cut them, though, unfortunately.
I have some book related events scheduled in early August too, and then it's time to get the kids ready to go back to school again. Oh yeah, and we're trying to buy another house...
And there you have it. What I did this summer.
And what I'll be doing next summer as well, most likely. I've gotten word that the sequel to A Cutthroat Business, Hot Property, is scheduled for release same time next year, so I guess I'll probably be doing it all over again then.
So what about you? Done anything good yet this summer?