Saturday, October 13, 2007
This and that for fall
Like most series authors, I'm working on three books at once: proofing the galleys and working on my promo for Book 1 (pictured here): creating a new database, setting up launch parties and flyers. I'm wrapping up edits for Book 2; and starting Book 3—manuscript due March 1.
THE OTHER WRITING
… because no one can write only one kind of book. I'm moving ahead a miniature inch at a time on a nonfiction self-help book, a "mainstream" novel, and a bio-pic.
THE ONLINE CLASS
I blogged on my gender-neutral online class for Golden Gate University in San Francisco a couple of weeks ago. It's the only class I have where I'm actually responsible for 16 weeks of homework, term papers, and grades. As opposed to ...
THE IN-PERSON CLASSES
…. where it's mostly adults who have come to writing later in life (like me) and now are ready to get serious. I teach these workshops through community colleges, adult ed programs, and organizations like the California Writers Club and my chapter of Mystery Writers of America. No grades, just a lot of satisfaction.
THE EDITING JOB
I work part time as a scientific editor at a large laboratory, which will go nameless for now. I undo all the passives and a tad more.
I'm on the board and Speaker Bureau coordinator for NorCal Sisters in Crime, booking our published members in bookstores, libraries, and other venues. Got a venue for us? Let me know. This fall I'm running a bookfair at a local Barnes & Noble for California Writers Club, on the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend.
I work on miniatures for gifts and for charity auctions. Also it's time for my niece and me to work on a dollhouse for a school holiday raffle. This week I'm off to my favorite Cooper's Dollhouse Studio in Benicia, California, to pick up a kit or (better) a ready-made dollhouse to prepare for the raffle.
… spending time with my wonderful husband, extended family, and friends.
…. is overrated.
Sometimes I let myself get drawn into an "I'm busier than you" contest with someone complaining about having too much to do … but really these are all my choices and I wouldn't have it any other way.
It's my position that unless a person has at least 7, preferably 10, things going at once, he/she is very boring.
Oops, I need another couple of projects.