Monday, April 25, 2011

April Will End Better

I posted today about my weekend on the Something Wicked Blog. I won't repeat what I wrote there, but I've definitely had an...interesting April. Around the beginning of the month all three of my kids got influenza A. Then one of them caught a stomach bug. To add more fun to the mix then a set of horrible storms rolled through the neighborhood on Friday. :(

I think I'm due some really good news this week. Maybe a lottery win? A contract to write a book about how annoying it is to be exhausted, yet still wake up around 7 because you're a morning person? I will admit last week did include a nice package. I got my Round 5 prize from DABWAHA! And it included the Jaci Burton poster too. (All I can say about that is...oh my...)

Last week on the Magic and Mayhem blog I talked about my copy edits as well as my growing TBR pile. (No progress on that front either...)

So far I have around a hundred pages left to go for my copy edits so I'm on schedule to finish them before my due date. I'm just hoping, hoping, hoping that nothing else happens so I can enjoy the rest of my month. Really. I'd like a break please.

Friday, April 8, 2011

The Joy of Waiting No More - Auel in St. Louis

I've been so busy lately trying to finish my manuscript that I haven't had a chance to post on my own blog! Whoops! But as of Monday I had something fun to talk about! I met Jean M. Auel!! On the Something Wicked Blog I talked about how I couldn't wait to see her! About how I'd waited years for this next book to come out. Since she had a tour date scheduled for here in St. Louis, I jumped on the opportunity to see her in person.

Before Monday I've never met her in person. I'd seen her picture on television, on the the back of the books, but I'd never seen her up close or heard her talk. Of course before this book came out she did do online interviews, but it was nice to see her up close and personal. Answering jokes. Talking about her writing experience. One thing I learned was that she queried her book. (And then got a very very nice advance.) She went through the process every writer does and found the ideal fit in literary agent Jean V. Neggar. Also, just like other writers, she didn't have plans to become a writer. It just happened after the spark of an idea hit.

I got to the talk a little early, but not early enough. As you can see by this picture, in the end I sat against the wall in the back. But the cool part is that I was in direct line of sight to see Jean speak! Woo hoo!

Also got in the signing line and got my book signed. And I didn't go fan girl either. Well, I didn't think so!

Overall, falling back into her book is like reuniting with family I hadn't seen for a long time! I'm so grateful for the opportunity to read her books again and to actually meet her in person! I feel so lucky since several other larger cities didn't have tour dates listed.