Friday, June 21, 2013

Less Than Two Weeks Away



The count down has started for the release of Yarn to Go. I know it's real because I got a box of copies in the mail. There is nothing like seeing your book in three dimensions. Someone asked me today if I still get excited or if it is old hat by now. Well, Yarn to Go is the first book in a new series, so I'm sending a whole new batch of characters out into the world. I hope they are received well. And I think if I'd written 100 books, I would still be excited and nervous every time a new one came out.

My bookmarks are ordered. The first of the guest blogs I'm doing has already been sent in, though it won't appear until next month.

At the same time, I am writing the ending of the second book in the series. I have gone through a hard copy of the manuscript up until the last forty or so pages. I have those pages handwritten on legal pads, or the first draft of them. But now that I have gone through the manuscript up to this point and made lots of changes, it is easier to write the end. I don't know if I'll even look at my handwritten pages. As soon as I type in those last pages in the next couple of days, I will set the manuscript aside and do the copy edit of For Better or Worsted which is the next crochet mystery. Crazy as it sounds, I started getting all these ideas for the crochet mystery after that which I will start writing in a few weeks.

It is hard to keep a balance with so many things going on at once. Still I went to yoga tonight and tomorrow it is either indoor cycling or zumba. I know people say they hate to exercise. Me, I love going to the gym. I enjoy the company and the classes make me feel fantastic.

This has nothing to do with anything, but this morning I went to Citibank to make a payment. There were two tellers, both busy and taking forever. Twice bank people came up to me and the other people in line and apologized for the wait. How about this - instead of spending all that time apologizing, why didn't they just wait on us us? It always seems to be that way there. Lots of people in suits doing nothing, while a line waits for a couple of tellers. I deal with a numnber of banks. Wells Fargo practically roll out a red carpet when you walk in and offers lollypops and bottles of water. There are lots of tellers and they are friendly and take care of business. Chase is one is so peaceful, it seems like they are just open for my business. Every time I go to Citibank, they try to get me to open an account. Really? With that service?

8 comments:

Planner said...

Congratulations on the new series! I'm really looking forward to meeting your new characters.

I'm glad you're making time to go to the gym. I love to exercise, too. I think the key for those who don't like to exercise is to find what they like to do and make it a habit. I never liked gym in school because I wasn't good at team sports and that's about all we did. Plus, they tested us on things we never learned or practiced, and I felt like a failure when I scored poorly.

Linda O. Johnston said...

That's exciting, Betty! Congrats on the new series and on receiving your first hard copies of the book. Congrats also on nearly being done with the manuscript for the second book in the series!

Betty Hechtman said...

Planner, I felt the same way about gym in school. I absolutely hated it. I think there is a big difference about doing something because you want to rather than because it's a school requirement.

Betty Hechtman said...

Linda; sometimes I step back for a minute and look at everything that is going on and think back to just a few years when all of this was just a dream.

llk10 retired said...

Somehow, I missed that you will have a new series out. Thanks for the post.

oil on canvas said...

great and congrats! waiting for more release!!

Betty Hechtman said...

llk10 retired, Yarn to Go comes out next Tuesday.

Betty Hechtman said...

Oil on canvas, the next crochet mystery, For Better or Worsted, comes out in November.