Backgrounding wonderfulness, and back to work

My bud sent me a book on bookbinding some time ago, and I picked up one on handmade books. Things have to float around in my subconscious for a while before I figure out what to do with them, and these books were like that.

I don’t know if it was the fever, or just a connection of strange dreams and good timing, but I had this amazing idea while I was sickest—to take the moonroading background I’ve been working up in my head (for The Ruby Key and the MOON & SUN series) and do it as a painted journal written by the cat for the girl who’s the hero of the series. Ang the Cat’s Secret Guide to Moonroading. I don’t know if it’s anything Scholastic will be interested in, but if it isn’t, I can always do it as an e-book and a full-color art book on Lulu.

Today I’m doing the copyedit for Night Echoes, and it’s been one of those days. I’m not completely better yet (though Thera-flu, Cold-Eze, and other things have helped a lot), but deadlines know no mercy. The cat is purring on my shoulder as I write this, though, and I remind myself that I could as easily be at work in a hospital where everyone else is sick, too, and nobody can take sick time because then there’d be no nurses at all, and I am deeply grateful to be doing copyedits on the couch, wrapped in a blanket and sipping hot tea.

Should have this done today, should be doing copyedits on the Create a Character Clinic tomorrow. And then getting ready to give the kid some fun on Halloween.

Hope you’re doing well, and thank you for the good wishes. I appreciate them.

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About the author: Novelist, writing teacher, on a mission to reprint my out-of-print books and self-publish my new ones.

4 comments… add one
  • LadyQ Oct 31, 2006 @ 13:23

    Moonroading. That sounds delightful. 🙂

    Glad you’re feeling better, and nice to hear that the copyedits went well.

  • Chassit Oct 30, 2006 @ 14:59

    I’m glad you’re feeling better, Holly! That’s really good news. Strep throat has started its rounds with my family, and I’m hoping I don’t catch it over the next few days.

    That journal idea sounds really interesting. It’s amazing the number of creative things you can come up with.

    Well, good luck on the copyedits and I hope you make a full recovery!

  • The English Rose Oct 30, 2006 @ 14:38

    Glad to hear you’re working. A painted journal sounds delightful! 🙂 … and I can relate to the floating around in the head thing. I don’t commit to anything until I let it float in my head for a week. It’s how I plan all my writing. I’m just now starting to develop my next novel and there is much floating about in there. The downside is I give myself a headache with alarming regularity! (I wish I were only kidding on that last part, but alas…) It’s amazing, though, when it comes time to write it down how easily it all pours out, and then I see all the connections my subconscious has come up with that I didn’t notice while it was still in there. *g*

  • BJSteeves Oct 30, 2006 @ 14:07

    Glad you’re feeling better. I know the feeling myself, being sick all last week with bad cold/flu/pneumonia (probably all three), and a bladder infection to go with it all.

    Today is my first day back at work in over a week. I could use another few days in bed, but the office computers need attention, so I dragged myself into work.

    Hopefully, I can get my system powered up for a little while, and get back to my writing too.

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