Workin’ the 4th

You gotta do what you gotta do ...

Stay on target ... stay on target ...

Junkies, I am brain dead (and yes, to those of you who say “what’s new?” I say “ha ha ha” and also “aren’t you proud of yourself for mocking me while I am too dumb to fight back?”).

I’m working on PANDEMIC line-edits. That means the final draft has been approved and passed on to the line editor, who checked for grammer, style, continuity, etc., then sent the manuscript back to me to approve those edits.

This is my last chance to make significant changes to the novel, so I’m going over it with a fine-toothed comb. Since I fell behind thanks to some excellent-but-critical projects (like finishing the first draft of my next novel, attending the NEA convention with ARealGirl, and completing the NOCTURNAL TV Series Bible), I need to proof 100 pages of PANDEMIC a day to meet my Monday deadline.

Looking at things this closely, I average about eight pages an hour. So, that means 12-hour days through the July 4 weekend. I knocked out 102 yesterday, and just finished my hundo for today.

Stay on target … stay on target …

If all goes well, I turn in the line edits on Monday, then spend Tuesday shooting squawking aliens in HALO Reach. It’s a busy time, fo ‘sho, but I definitely brought this on myself due to my proclivity to say “yes” to too many projects. I’m almost finished living up to those commitments though, then perhaps a little sanity in the FDØ’s work life (one can dream, suckas, one can dream).

And come Wednesday? I start outlining GFL Book V, baby!

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  1. Twainy

    Just had a momentary flash of anxiety. Or maybe it’s this website’s subliminal messages to buy more books? OMG did I pre-order?? What ifffff …. so I clicked my way over to Amazon to pre-order Pandemic. Relief! I did … almost 8 months ago. Like there was any doubt! Of COURSE I did! I’m SO excited! New fat book soon! Have we been waiting forever or what!! I hope it’s 950 pages of scary goodness! Can’t wait!! I miss Perry. x

  2. occupy_my_rocktopi

    So how did the NEA convention go?  Are the GFL books classified as Accelerated Reader books yet?

  3. Beth_Ailis

    Yes, work work work! We are a bunch of greedy junkies.

    And best wishes for health to you and the Evil Queen.

  4. BigJohn

    It’s worth it in the end. Can’t wait to see the fruits from of your labor tree. How is the Evil Queen these days?