On the home stretch!

So, despite the fact that I’ve been moping around this week (which has been accompanied by copious brownie and Dorito consumption, unfortunately), I’ve been writing like a fiend, and hit the 70K mark on my WIP. You know, the one I started back in January, then had to stop for a month or two so I could fix the previous WIP?

Anyway, this means not only that the end is in sight, but that I may actually beat my Oct. 15 deadline… perhaps by as much as two months!

And, because I’m such a daredevil, I’m now writing two books at once! I started Murder Most Maine when I was in Port Aransas on ‘vacation’ (I’m compulsive, what can I say), and have been working on it in the evenings once everyone else has gone to bed. I’ve always been afraid to try two at once — I don’t know what I thought would happen — but it’s actually rather refreshing to switch gears. Besides, I’m always reading six or seven books (a conservative estimate) at once, and rarely get them confused. Why would writing be any different?

So I’m at 70K on the second wolf book (I’m calling it Wolf Under Cover — what do you think?) and closing in on 5K on Murder Most Maine, which I started last week. It’s so nice getting some momentum going again!

Am headed to Dallas for a marathon day of meeting with interesting people (e.g. my fab agent Jessica, one of my editors, who I can’t WAIT to meet in person, and some of the good folks at Ballantine — not to mention Renee Jones of CCTV Books in Review) tomorrow. And since I’m due to be up in six and a half hours, I’m off to bed now. I promise to respond to comments when I get back… and I did post to Cozy Chicks today. Thankfully. 🙂

Cheers, and more soon!

5 Responses

  1. I am so glad you posted this. I’ve been frantically trying to revise/rework the first three chapters of my cozy and meanwhile cranking out this romantic suspense thing I’ve been playing with (22k words at the moment). I feel a bit schizophrenic, but I also feel my eyes are “fresher” when I look at the cozy.

    Have a great time in Dallas. I used to do the Austin-Dallas trip often when I lived there and it’s got to be the most boring drive on the planet. But be careful…everyone I know has had car trouble at one time or another in Waxahachie. Usually it’s a flat or something innocuous like that, but it’s better to be safe than sorry, so take your cell phone!

    (Me, I never do anything by halves, and my jeep went completely belly up on my way home from Dallas. I ended up having it towed to the Waxahachie Jeep dealership and renting a car there–the whole engine needed to be replaced…so I traded it in. It never left the dealership.)

  2. susanalbert says:

    Way to go, Karen! Proves you can walk and chew gum at the same time, right? And IMHO, both those titles are terrific, especially Wolf Under Cover.–susan

  3. Laura,

    I totally understand the multiple-hats thing. It can be more fun to work on multiple things. And Waxahachie is where every accident on 35 happens. I’m convinced.

    Glad you’re okay, though — even if the Jeep didn’t survive. 🙂

  4. Susan,

    When I can do that AND carry on a cell phone conversation, I’ll know I’ve really made it. 🙂

    Are you drowning up there yet?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Would you consider;

    “Mainely Murder” as a title?

    On vacation there this summer it seemed ther were many “Mainely” things and places.

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