Friday, April 20, 2012


This has turned into one of those weeks when I feel like I’m juggling. I was all focused on finishing Yarn2Go this week. Then I’d read it over and start rewriting so I could make my June 1 deadline.

I knew in the back of my mind that I would be getting a revision letter for If Hooks Could Kill sometime in the near future, but I was still surprised when it arrived last Friday.

And at the same time my trip to Malice Domestic in Washington DC with a stop in Chicago first was fast approaching. There was packing to do and all kinds of things to take care of at home before I leave.

There is nothing major in the revision letter from my editor. In fact, she thanked me for a fun read. But I still want to read the whole manuscript over for a little tweaking in addition to her suggestions. I always try the recipes again. And my friend Linda Hopkins tries the crochet patterns and gives me comments. Last night I was up until 2 a.m. trying the patterns again before I pass them on to Linda

One of the comments my editor made was about something that was a set up for the book number eight. And he next thing I knew, we were emailing back and forth about book number eight. So, now I was thinking about Yarn2Go, If Hooks Could Kill and book number eight.

I printed up If Hooks Could Kill and will take it along to Chicago and Washington. I still like to read over a hard copy. Yarn2Go is coming, too, but only on my computer and a stack of yellow legal pad pages that need to be typed in. I’m sure I’ll be talking about book number eight when I meet my editor next weekend, so I’ll taking that along in my head. There will be hooks and yarn with me, as well.

I love to go, but hate to pack. The suitcase is out of the garage, but is still sitting empty on the patio. I got the plumber here to fix the bathroom, as much laundry is going to get done is done and there is plenty of pet food. My husband has a broken toe, so in order to make it so he doesn’t have to go to the grocery store, I stocked the freezer with frozen entrees.

I think I managed to keep all the balls in the air this week, well, except packing. But there is still tomorrow.

Anybody else feel like they are juggling a bunch of things?


Chrystle Fiedler said...

Wow! All GOOD things except for your husband's toe! Have a good trip!

Planner said...

Yikes--you have a lot going on! I think once you're in the air, things will feel a lot less hectic. Have a good trip!

Best wishes to your husband--may that broken toe heal rapidly.

Mollie Cox Bryan said...

I'm going to Malice, too, and I haven't even started to pack. I had an radio essay to record today, a scrapbooking event on Sunday,and I' running my girls constantly. Someday I am not sure which end is UP.Take a deep breath. We'll get there!

Linda O. Johnston said...

Oh, yes, I identify, Betty. I'm spending tomorrow at the LA Times Festival of Books, giving free books away at World Book Night on Monday, then heading to Malice, too. Meantime, yes, I'm writing. It's definitely a busy time!

Betty Hechtman said...

Thanks, chrystle. Now that I packed, I feel better.

Betty Hechtman said...

Planner, you are right. Once I take off, I can sit and crochet.

Betty Hechtman said...

Mollie, it sounds like you have more balls in the air than I do. See you at Malice.

Betty Hechtman said...

Linda, it seems like everybody is juggling. I won't be at the LA Times Festival of Books this year. I hope the weather is a little cooler for you. Today was just too hot.