The idea in my head of the writer’s life is quite different to my current reality. I envisioned sitting at or near a nice window overlooking a lovely view with a thick yellow legal pad in front of me. Animated characters would tell me their stories while I scribbled them down in bold black ink.

Only part of that vision has come true. Most of the time my back is to the window, that way I don’t get distracted by outside activity. I’m hunched over a computer keyboard instead of a legal pad and seldom is it as leisurely as I had dreamed.  But the characters that come to me are pretty vivid and I love every minute of it.


This final stretch to publication has been hectic. Within the week I received the proofing edits and just last night I got the Galley proofs. It’s awesome to see what the final product will look like, with the title page and the dedication included. Instead of spending time luxuriating over the finished product I’ve got to go through the Galley’s and get them done in three days.  I never read quite that fast before,  but I will tonight.


I woke up this morning and had my whole day planned. I was going to write and order the invitations for the Book Launch. Today also seemed like a good day to sit on the sofa and watch some football with my husband.

But when I opened my e-mail this afternoon, there was a note from my editor. And everything I thought I would accomplish today vanished in an instant.  That saying – The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray, is my theme song for today.  It’s time to do the proofs for the book.  My editor wants them back in a few days.  So instead of everything I’d planned to do today, this is what I’m going to do today.

I’m actually cheating by taking the time to do this blog.  So I hope you’ll excuse me while I get to those proofs.  Stay tuned.