It’s a good kind of chaos, my darling Gentle Reader. I have only one more event this year, TeslaCon. And I have only one more project due, the first Finishing School book: Etiquette & Espionage. Here is an example of the fashion styles featured in this series.
E&E is turning into one of those manuscripts I keep thinking is done and then . . . isn’t. You know kind of like Babylon Five. I’m struggling to complete the last of the edits and hope tat by the end of this week it will be off my plate and I have the month of November free before I start up again on the second book in the series, Deportment & Deceit, in December.
But, Miss Gail, you might well ask, why are you stopping writing even for a few weeks?
Because . . . I am moving house. And when you have two closets of clothing and fifty-two pairs of shoes and have to go down to one closet half the size of one of the original? Moving house is so much more than just relocating stuff, it’s getting rid of stuff too.
Yes, I have to purge. It’s hard my darlings, very hard. Because I invest in clothing and then I take good care of it. So I have not only dropped a good deal of money on the items I own, but they are still in great condition, so getting rid of something feels . . . traitorous. More on this to come in Retro Rack, where I am sure to lament at length my various losses over the coming month and possibly give things away to readers of that blog.
But it’s not just clothing and accessories on the chopping block, oh no, books have to go. I buy paperbacks as a rule, and I am strict with myself about only keeping about 100 or so, but still. Then there are all the research books. And let’s not even talk about my kitchen crockery habit. (I have a terrible weakness for square plates.)
I tell you, moving is a real challenge! And now I am going to avoid it by going back to work writing. I have a novel to finish, packing and purging can wait.
GAIL’S DAILY DOSE
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All about cover art.
Etiquette & Espionage: Working fourth pass edits. Release date Fall 2012.
The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Prudence floats! Release date sometime 2013.
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT! Really, DON’T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven’t read the other books first!
Review of the Heartless audiobook.
Quote of the Day:
“We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.”