Catie blogged yesterday about finishing a monster-sized-word-count book, and what she’ll do to rest between this one and the next one. I have joked here and on other blogs about what I’ll do when I finish Skinwalker, the first in the Jane Yellowrock series. Mostly ripping out the overgrown foliage in the front garden. And yeah, I’ll do that. But to relax and enjoy some of life, there has to be more than root-ripping.
Misty dances, David takes pictures and spends time with his family. It’s been so long since I had an actual break between books that I am a bit lost. What *will* I do? For an entire month???? Starting next Thursday…. OMG that sounds wonderful!
First, I am going to be part of ConCarolina with Misty and David. The panel schedule is *brutal,* but it sounds like fun. After, I’ll take the hubby out to dinner. We’ve survived the last few months on take out and sandwiches, so a real meal with waiters and wine is definitely called for.
I just bought new black rugs for the entrance and parlor, so I need to paint the parlor. I call it my parlor because it’s too small to be called a living room. You *might* get six people in it. After that, folks have to sit on each others’ laps. Which could be fun, I suppose, but I digress. Where was I? Oh, yeah.
I want to paint the parlor walls. They are currently a soft dove gray, and I want to marbleize them in charcoal, medium gray, and two shades of tannish-beige. Well, that doesn’t sound exciting, but it make me happy. I also will make some jewelry. I love making jewelry and I have made *nothing* in over eight months. I bought really gorgeous stones and pearls and have been itching to get my hands on them!
I intend to take some more kayaking lessons and run the Upper and Lower Green River several times, getting better at my paddling skills. I want to learn how to do an Eskimo roll. Really badly! Wait, I mean I really badly want to roll a kayak Eskimo roll really well. Humph. Anyway, I recently went upside down on the Green, at the bottom of a small rapid, and it would have been nice to be able to turn over instead of pulling my kayak skirt and swimming a boatful of water to shore.
I intend to spend this off-time searching for funding for the writing program I want to provide for South Carolina schools, paying it back to the schools who helped me become a writer. I have no idea how I will do find funding, but I want to try. *Try? There is no try!* LOL
I also need to plan PR programs for my next books (Gwen’s and Faith’s) which I’ll blog on this summer. PR is crucial to writers these days and I’ve been brainstorming ways to get word about my upcoming books into print, spread over the web, and other places, hopefully with the additional push from, with, and about my co-bloggists. My agent just left her old agency for a new one and I followed her. I am hoping the new agency will have PR ideas. The web is so saturated that a writer now needs something more, something new and vibrant to get her/his work noticed. One thought, maybe I’ll write a couple of short stories and post them on the web, giving back to the fans for free. I have a question for the readers here, would that make you happy to read new stuff for free? I was thinking of a forum for free stories, to draw in readers to try new books, authors, etc. And writers? What do you think about it?
What else? Ah! Sleep. Lots of sleep. Long summer naps. Maybe take a summer belly-dance class. *Waves to Misty*
Downtime is pretty boring, I guess. It sounded a lot sexier when Catie talked about it. But the most important thing I’ll do is rest. Maybe put my muse into some pants and take him for a stroll. *grins*