If you have emailed me in the last, say, three months, you know that I am a little behind on the answering part. My email usually gets busy when a book comes out, but this year, with the two, the response was overwhelming and then, of course, I got sick, so nothing got answered, so now I have a HUGE backlog of email. So if you have written, please be patient with me–I am making an effort to get caught up now that my next book is done, the revisions (just a bit of tweaking per my editor) are in, I can breath again and start the process of catching up.
Getting this sick has really been eye-opening about how much I was doing and how much I kept starting, not finishing and then it would get piled to one side as the next “must-do” came along. I was over-committed to say the least, saying “yes” to everything, and not giving my schedule a realistic perspective. Getting sick made me realize I cannot have it all. Which is a good thing.
The best part of looking ahead, as I am getting my strength back, is that I have an open slate in front of me. No commitments, just time to get the life re-aligned. Time to write the next book without interruption. Get the office work caught up. Clean out the Bob Cratchett Room along with a myriad of other corners in the house. (that’s from the DH’s list of things for Elizabeth To Do.) I can completely recommend getting pneumonia–of course I would also recommend getting the kind that doesn’t come with a high fever, lungs full of fluids, weeks of fatigue and repeated visits to the doctor. That kind is a drag. But if they could come up with a kind that just gives you a big do-over, that is the kind I would recommend.
So next week, I’ll start answering questions from my emails. Show you the cover for the January book, How I Met My Countess. And talk a little bit about the new Bachelor Chronicles series. I am actually very excited to start working on the next book, which comes out in November 2010. A little hint if you want to know who the hero is: he’s a duke. He was in This Rake of Mine. And he’s as stuffy as duke’s come. My plan: take the stuffing out of him.
What are your plans for the weekend? The summer? The rest of the year?