Plotting, my second best favorite thing.

Happy4thToday I’m working with paper, pencil, and my clipboard, away from my desk but still in my office. It’s one of the few times I’m allowed away, and I look forward to it every year. I’ve got the chance to actually listen and pick apart the music that’s been spinning on my radio for the last few months, and since my  brain is switched over to finding relationships between obscure things, it’s like hearing them for the first time. It’s a weird few weeks as I plot out a new book.

And wouldn’t you know it, a song I’ve been listening to and loving, thinking it belongs to Peri, actually belongs to Grace.

Ah Grace. Your time will come. Things just aren’t aligned in me yet. Deeper, deeper, more and more complex.

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Stretching my tech muscles this week

I’ve been working on the website the last couple of days. I like working in a system whose rules are ironclad, even if I don’t always understand them, even if half the stuff I do is not even seen.

Today’s goal was to get the events page brushed up. I’ve been picking away at it for almost a month, adding tour cities, then stores, and then all the links and addresses that go along with that, but today I added in the fun stuff, and believe me, it’s a balancing act to get info out there without falling into the trap of making it hard to read or so overwhelmingly full of words that no one bothers.

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Click to go to Events page for stores/times

I’m done with it for now, but as always, there will be changes the closer we get to the drop date of September 1st. Please check it out to see if I’ll be coming near enough to you. If you’ve been to one of my signings before, you know how much fun we have, and that if you get Tim talking, he’ll spill all sorts of stuff about me that I smack his shoulder for later. (grin)

 

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Links for UK drafter outlets!

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I’ve got links, links, and more links for all my UK readers looking to snag The Drafter without dealing with the international shipping fees! I can’t tell you how pleased I am, and with LittleBrownUK deciding release The Drafter through their Piatkus imprint, it will be available at the following:

Paperback:

WH Smith: http://www.whsmith.co.uk/…/the-drafter-the-pe…/9781408707562 (currently the best paperback deal)

Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Drafter-P…/…/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

Waterstones: https://www.waterstones.com/…/kim…/keri-arthur/9781408707562

Ebook (currently discounted to £3.99 by most retailers):

Kindle: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Drafter-Peri-Reed…/…/B00YAKIWTC…

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/the-drafter/id998512758…

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-drafter-1

Google Play: https://play.google.com/…/books/d…/Kim_Harrison_The_Drafter…

Nook: http://www.nook.com/…/the-drafter-by-kim-harr…/9781408707579

Tim and I have also decided to wave the postage requirements for those of you in the UK who want to send me a SASE for the replica of Peri’s glass phone. So it’s not so much a SASE (self addressed stamped envelope)  as a SAE (or Self addressed envelope)

So to get your “glass technology phone” send me a regular business size envelope, and Tim will drop it right back in the mail for you. I do ask that if you’re in the U.S. that you stamp your return envelope please, or we will throw it out. Sorry.

SASESend your envelope to:

Kim Harrison
The Drafter Freebie
PO Box 498
Dexter, MI 48130

I’ve also heard that the first order of T’s will be shipped the first week of July, so if you want to get in on the first printing, now’s your chance.

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Did ja know

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Instagram

Did you know that I’ve been posting content over at Instagram now for a few weeks, learning a new social outlet in prep for The Drafter release? Here’s what I posted this week. you can find me there at : https://instagram.com/kim_harrison_author/

 

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SASE Shaming. video of Tim’s pet peeve. Click to send me yours.

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15 seconds of morning zen video.

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Shirts are in. Click to order!


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Balance

If you’ve been lurking on my blog, and you’re adept at reading between the lines, you’ll see a lot of myself is devoted to balance. It can be a taxing proposition in a creative field when you’re overusing the problem solving part of your brain, resulting in off-the-wall comments to people who really don’t deserve what you’re laying down on them, then add to that you might be carrying the emotional baggage of a character who is trying to make the best of a bad situation if you don’t remember to leave it in the office at the end of the day. Readers have the luxury of knowing that it will all work out by the end of 450 pages, but the one making it is the one who has to sweat through it and figure out how. It doesn’t take a day or week to figure out, but often months. Ask a spouse or editor. They will tell you we aren’t quite rational when the work isn’t going well, and it’s not just frustration. I’m convinced it’s chemical.

So balance.

Peri is more intense than Rachel, far more isolated and alone, and you can see that in that my other creative outlets (knitting, gardening, learning a new social media) have risen accordingly. But balance isn’t just in work and play. It’s in what is coming at us as well. You get bad news, you look for the good.

For example, I had a lousy night. The storms that ripped through my area last from midnight to 2:30 am were intense. Sirens did go off in the distance, and it was up-and-down to check the radar and warnings. We’re a small town, and tornados happen about as often as a lost dog. They finally passed through, but my dog had two break-through seizures at 3:45 and 4:15 am. which is bad enough on their own, but now it means we start at zero again and I have to balance if I want to consider talking to the vet about upping her meds for the second time in six weeks, or hang for another two weeks and see what happens. I think I’ve seen more seizures than my entire vet’s office, so really, I’m not panicking or in need of a pep talk. I’ve been down this road from beginning to end once before, and I’m  just really, really tired, and damn it if I’m not going to use that in my writing today.

But balance.

Lousy night turns into beautiful day with some very good news.

The Drafter has been picked up by LittleBrown in the UK, and will be coming out hopefully at the same time as the U.S. edition. I love the backward clock. It speaks to me. And the two figures? Peri has isolated herself, but there is someone beside her.

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Cover subject to change. Please don’t use for your catalog at this time.

 

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Last five winners and Elsa gets her wings!

SudayWhat a fabulous weekend! It rained just enough to keep me out of the garden, so I divided my time between finishing up Elsa’s wings, (she’s a snow dragon) and ah . . . organizing the garage. Yep, it started harmless enough with organizing a shelf in the laundry room. And then I went out to work in the yard, but it started raining, so I tidied a shelf out there hoping it would stop,but it didn’t, and then I decided to put together a shelving unit, and then decided to move it into place, and then Tim, in the bike-shop, playing, started to help because I couldn’t move something . . . and a big ‘old tidy happened.

But there was ice cream at the end of it, so it’s all good.

Elsa got her wings, also due to the rain. Before you ask, I’m still tweaking! The back legs are so much better now. I can’t bear to let this go until I’m satisfied with it. Here she is warming herself in the morning sun. ;-)

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But as promised, this morning, I went through and picked five more winners from the swag contest that’s been going on. You guys should have an email in your FB account somewhere from me. Just send me your U.S. mailing address, and Tim will pop one of these bad-boy ARCs in the mail for you.  Thank you so much for sending all your swag pictures in! I can’t believe how long Tim and I have been doing this and how long some of you have been reading me. It is humbling.

As a reminder, Nicola’s is going to be offering signed and personalized first editions of these, and you can pre-order right now. These will be signed to you just as if you were sitting beside me at a regular signing, so if you can’t make it out to one of my stops, this is a great way to get your copy. The first shipment will go out the week of August 31st to try for a Sep 1st delivery.

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And the final five winners are:

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Tina VP

MoxieN

Moxie N

ClaudiaD

Claudia D

JessicaM

Jessica M

BrandyD

Brandy D

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Almost had sushi

We’ve been getting rain. Not as much as Texas, or even Ohio, which seems to be getting hammered and forgotten with little to no WeatherChannel coverage.  My fish pond is brimming, and while usually there isn’t much trouble with that, it does give stupid fish ideas that the world beyond the rim is the same as within it. Either that, or they think they will develop legs once they dry out even if I’ve told them over and over that is a fairytale.

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Twice now, I’ve come out in the morning to find a fish laying on the nearby walk. Both times, they recovered, and I’ve since taken some water out to curtail this kind of finless wish fulfillment, but come on, fish! You should know better than that.

RobinCherryThe birds have found my cherry tree, which I’m delighted with. It would be nice to have a homemade pie from cherries I grew, but I can buy cherries. I can’t buy robins feeding their babies from my back yard, so no net on the tree for me!

Have a great weekend, everyone, and remember, I’ll be accepting swag pictures for the last five Drafter ARCs up until Sunday morning. Good luck! (how to enter your swag photos)

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