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Fox Tales, Whiskey, Books, Friends, Dogs

4 days, 1 hour ago, around lunchtime

So I was about 2/3 of the way through a post about this past weekend, and WordPress freaking ATE IT and I’m not exactly thrilled about that. So you’ll have to pardon me if this runs a little less chatty than the original version. I’ll try to make it up to you with pictures. Everyone likes pictures, right?


So. The event at the Fox Tale Book Shoppe was a delight! It was magnificent to see Delilah and Kevin again, of course; and I was happy to meet Molly Harper – who actually hails from Kentucky, so we had plenty of gabbing to do. Maybe one day we’ll collide at an event in the Bluegrass State, eh?

Anyway – pictures! Bear in mind that we are SERIOUS PROFESSIONALS, GODDAMMIT. See?

Serious. Professionals.


You heard me.

AT ANY RATE. If you’d like to see a few more shots, all EQUALLY PROFESSIONAL AND SANE, then you can click over to the book shoppe’s FB page and gawk at the monkeys in the zoo. By which I mean … us.

After the event, we got tacos with Delilah and her family – then Kevin came back to Chattanooga with me and my husband. Tourist-times ensued! We ate at many awesome places (bbq, burgers, pizza, etc.), kicked around a few historic sites, jaunted through a foggy cemetery, and swung by The Book Rack for Kevin to sign some books.

Also, there were dogs. Check out Kevin’s Twitter feed for the full scoop (I was usually driving, so he took all the pics) … or scroll down for a few highlights.

And that about sums it up :)

But now Kevin’s headed back to Colorado, I’m doing laundry, and normal life has resumed. I’m grateful and happy that the last few days occurred, for I was truly getting into a rut – and now, having had a couple of days to chat with writer friends and get out of the office, I’m ready to get back to work.

More or less.

So in closing, lots of love to everyone who joined us at the Fox Tale, and to Delilah and Molly, and to Kevin (who is a most excellent guest). But the dryer just buzzed at me, and the dog needs a walk, and I’ll need to make myself some supper soon (or maybe just a drink). Have an excellent evening, y’all – and I’ll be back with word metrics tomorrow.

I bet.

At the Fox Tale Tomorrow

1 week ago, around lunchtime

No new word metrics today, just housework and a Target run. I’m now equipped with 20+ pounds of Halloween candy and a bunch of non-food (toy-type) treats for kids with allergies; and if the last couple of years can be any gauge, this ought to keep us going for maybe 3 hours. So…we might be forced to send out a search party for more, but if that happens, c’est la vie.

After all, Halloween comes but once a year!

UNRELATED, but also happening only once this year – tomorrow you can catch me with Delilah Dawson, Kevin Hearne, and Molly Harper at the Fox Tale Book Shoppe in Woodstock, Georgia. One o’clock.

Shenanigans will ensue, you can COUNT ON IT.

Also, you have until tomorrow around lunchtime to call this fine store and order signed, personalized books from any of us. Just call 770-516-9989 and make your wishes known!

You got to pick up every stitch

1 week, 1 day ago, around lunchtime

Here’s recent progress on my modern gothic ghost story about a salvage crew trapped in a doomed southern mansion – now with a crunchy murder ballad center and Bonus! clandestine cemetery where the stones don’t match the bodies (and were never meant to). As inspired by a (semi)true local legend:

    Project: The Family Plot
    Deadline: January 15, 2015
    New words written: 4357 (2-day total)
    Present total word count: 42,406

    Things accomplished in fiction: Had a nice(?) chat with a nice(?) old lady, who obliquely explains what the hell might be going on; started breaking down the barn, and found an old hearse for goth reasons.

    Things accomplished in real life: Neighborhood jaunts with dog; went to the grocery store; handed in guest blog post; laundered all our bedding because the time had simply come; sat down with my white board and markers and actually figured out what the hell I’m doing with other projects right now, because I’ve gotten pretty scattered when it comes to what comes next. So to speak.

    Other: I got about one paragraph deep into sample content on that pitch I nailed down last week – before I got hijacked by another idea, and a grain of yet another one. So here’s my new plan. First, I’m going to create two more pitches – for a total of three. Then I’ll give all three to my agent and/or editors and/or whoever and see what sounds coolest to a third party. Finally, I’ll begin work on sample content accordingly. Eventually, perhaps by the end of the year, I’d like to have three strong proposals and three strong correlating chunks of sample content.

    Bonus! Other: Of course, I also have to finish writing The Family Plot by New Year’s(ish), so we’ll see how this goes. I think I can, I think I can, I think I can…or I’d damn well better, anyway. I only have one more book to write (under contract) after this one – so that old “anxiety re: being footloose and fancy free and also paycheck free” is starting to poke me with a stick.

    Number of fiction words so far this year: 193,787

Canine footnote.