In which WE BEGIN

Oh, chickens, do I have fun things in store for you! Last month I posed a question on FB and Twitter. I wanted to know what sorts of posts you enjoy the most on the blog, and the results were fabulous. Turns out you like them all. You want book recommendations, cool research tidbits, the occasional style shout-out. So you got it.

In the interests of making my life easier and ensuring you enjoy the blog, I’ve decided to take your suggestions for post themes and turn them into monthly features. We average eight posts a month so I chose eight different themes. Occasional months, like April, will give us nine and the extra one will be a wildcard. This month it means I get a chance to explain the changes and catch you up on what’s going on in my corner of the writersphere. I thought it would be fun if I unveil the features as we go this month, partly because I’ve decided to put a bit of a twist on a few of them. Our first themed post starts Tuesday! (Also, I’m opening comments back up. They will be enabled for two days only, then close because of the Spam From Hell, but at least y’all will be able to leave comments again. I only ask that you pardon the spam that does creep through–I don’t have time to moderate so we shall simply have to live with the untidiness of it all.)

As for bringing you up to speed, right now I’m currently in New York where I get to have lunch with my editor and feel very special indeed. The last few weeks have seen a flurry of activity on the book front–I was lucky enough to be included in discussions of the cover and saw the proofs from the photo shoot in England. We also did the copy edits which are always grueling and SO necessary, and we’re worked on the book’s interior–a conversation I’ve never had before, but it was fascinating. (Publishers put an astonishing amount of effort into things like the font on the title page, line drawings, arrangement of previous titles, etc.) They were kind enough to solicit my input, so I had to think about that for the first time. Ever.

And more to the point–it’s time to start writing Veronica #2! I made a start at the beginning of March, but I don’t do well when I have too much time on my hands to work, and the universe stepped in to rectify that. We had an avalanche of unexpected happenings at Casa Raybourn–no one is seriously ill, but there were things to navigate and care to manage, and I find it’s better for me to do busy work and research at those times and ride it out until the waters are a little calmer. So, April is about digging into Veronica’s newest adventure, and I’m getting so twitchy that you don’t know her yet! September seems so far away sometimes, doesn’t it? I say that, but as the August 15 deadline for Veronica #2 draws near, I’m sure I’ll be whimpering in the fetal position wishing for a TARDIS. So it goes…

So, join me Tuesday when we start the new blog adventure! Also, this month’s newsletter goes out in just a few days, so be sure to sign up on the right-hand sidebar if you haven’t already–and this month’s contest is loaded on the contest page. If you’re a US resident, be sure to enter!

And finally–I don’t usually post on Fridays, but I WILL be posting tomorrow, a special bonus post. You’re going to want to read this one…

One thought on “In which WE BEGIN”

  1. Lynne says:

    Looking forward to whatever you post…you always make me either laugh or think…or both! Go for it.

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