That was easy.

Well, not really, but yesterday, I finished the rough draft for book number ten.  Today I’m going to tweak it, just because I’m having a hard time letting it go.  I’ll clean my office, make sure my back-up files are current, go over the rewrite letter for Madison III to plan my attack there, and go have tea with a writer friend. 

Oh, and hit the “easy” button and laugh. 

–Kim

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  1. ole

    hey kim,
    does that button make some noices or sthing like that?^^

    just wanted to give a “good new year, kim ;)” to you; remembering your great fanwork and answering comments; while i’m reading youre third r.m.-book at the moment (your german titles and covers are sooo bad/cheap😦 – but i guess you dont have anything to do with that and just sign the contract, so nevermind).

    so have a good new year and ivy rocks😉

    • Hi, Ole. The button says, “That was easy” when you smack it. It doesn’t get much use in my office. 🙂

      Happy New Year to you, too! I’ve heard that they have a new edition of the first book out. It looked much better to me, but you’re right that I have no say.

  2. Marnie

    This is my first post as a new reader — I recently went through all the Hollow books in I think about a month. Now I anxiously wait for Black Magic Sanction. What will I do with myself without a Rachel Morgan book to read before then?!

    Love the Easy button. I need one of those.

  3. Deana

    Hey! You finished your draft on my birthday. If I get a signed copy, maybe my dog won’t eat this one. Maybe.

  4. How funny that you actually have an easy button! I need one of these for my responses to a particular coworker😉

    Well I’m off to clean my rain gutters and put a few sandbags along the road at the at the top of my hillside just in case the coming storm turns out to dump the copious amounts of rain they say it might.

  5. Hi Kim,

    Going off what Bethany asked about witch vs. human biology, why do demons have eyes with horizontal pupils/goat eyes? Demons seems so predatory, and horizontal eyes are synonymous with animals such as deer, sheep, and horses.

    Did you choose this type of eye because of the mythology linked to horned and hooved animals?

    Frogs and octopi *smiles—fun word to say)* also have horizontal pupils and are known for snatching things.

    I found a picture of a goat eye and did a little quick Photoshopping to see what the iris would look like red—definitely creepy.

    ~ Maria

    • Kylie Ru

      Wow, that is creepy. Maybe that’s why. I mean, would you find a red human eye, or cat eye to be creepy? I wouldn’t.

    • I went ahead and demonfied a cat’s eye and Johnny Depp.


      Creepy oui or Creepy non?

    • Kylie Ru

      Cat? Not so much. Kinda cool, actually.

      Mr Depp? Oui.

    • Hi, Maria. Wow. That is about the creepiest thing I’ve seen in a while. So, why did I pick a horizontal pupil? Because of the goat connotation. Did you know that the octopus eye evolved independently from other invertebrates? Evolution came up with the idea twice.

  6. Frotee

    I like that button🙂

    But oh, you are _such_ an evil person – I just read the teaser pages (was on a short ‘vacation’ from thursday to sunday), and it’s really not fair to end with a cliffhanger when we have no chance to just skip sleepingto read the rest *sigh*

    Oh well, I wouldn’t be able to skip sleeping now anyway, the way my bed is calling to me. Larp conventions are great fun, but you don’t get much sleep.

    Greetings from Germany (where rain is currently eating up the snow >_>), Carina

  7. Sometimes I wish I could use the easy button for real.😀 That would be cool. Congratulations on finishing number 10. Wow.😀

  8. Bethany

    Well, this doesn’t really fall under the “Easy Button” post, but I couldn’t figure out how to just send an email (couldn’t find an email address – so that wasn’t so easy).

    Anyway, I had a question that I’m sure you’ve probably been asked in the past but I’m a biologist so I’m intrigued. What are the physical anatomical differences between witches and humans? I don’t know if this is something that’s answered later on because I’ve only had a chance to listen to books 1-3 as of yet (and I’m loving them by the way – I listen to them on my commute back and forth from work). But yes, being a biology teacher, I’d be very interested to know what the differences are as you’ve envisioned them.

    Cheers,
    Bethany

  9. Kat

    Congratulations! I’m very happy for you and, I look forward to reading the completed version in a few years!

  10. Jamie

    I love your easy button. Its funny to me that you have one cause my mom works at staples. I just gotta say how much I love your writting and Rachel Morgan books. You rock!

  11. amanderson29

    Oh the teaser pages were absolutely wonderful! My Black Magic Sanction T-shirt and Key came in the mail today! I totally cracked up when I saw the Angel tomato seeds, I wasn’t expecting those at all!

    • Hi, Amanderson. Cool! I’m glad you got your stuff. 😉 We’re still trying to get through the freebies from the last book since we ordered far too many of them. This year, I’m hoping we have enough to get through the book release!

  12. A.N.

    Ivy singing to Rachel “I did it for Love” with the featuring of Glenn!
    (Ok, is BoA featuring Sean Garret)

  13. Lurker

    After a few weeks of complaining about work, one day my wife came home with the Easy button. I took it to work and it was an immediate hit.

    And then the battery died…. lol

    PS: When you say you are having a hard time letting it go, can I translate that to “Rachel got a win”? hehehehe🙂

  14. Jemma

    Wow. I haven’t been online for 3 days (an age for me), while I’ve been devouring my latest Kelley Armstrong book, (Im not cheating you, I swear! ;-P) and I find you’ve posted some teaser pages!😉

    Wonderful as always. Rachel’s in trooooooooouble.
    ~Jemma

  15. Indy

    Love the beginning of the new book!!! I think we could use a little more… ;)~Indy

  16. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100115/ap_on_he_me/eu_med_petri_pork

    I was certain this was from the Onion when my colleague read the title to me.

    Nope. Look, even health risks.

    I’m going vegetarian.

    SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE>

    • mudepoz thanks for the interesting article link.

      The future implications of stem cell meat being sold at your local grocery store is intriguing. I don’t believe raised livestock in the U.S. will go the way of Japanese raised Kobe beef and become a luxury. All I can imagine from this new science is a meatier version of Spam or the extinction of the tofurkey. Perhaps someday, livestock will once again be treated with the respect and dignitary they deserve.

    • “firm but a little squishy and moist”…eew that sounds pretty sick for a pork chop.

      Totally Soylent Green! But also check out this excerpt from a book I read a few years back by a Phillip K Dick-inspired author, titled “Feed” by M.T. Anderson (the “feed” is basically a wifi chip implanted into people’s heads):
      “Our feeds caught a banner from a farm that invited visitors, where you could walk around and see everything grow, so we swerved for there and landed. There weren’t many other people there that day, so we were almost alone while we walked around.
      It was real peaceful. We walked along holding hands, and our elbows rubbed, too.
      It smelled like the country. It was a filet mignon farm, all of it, and the tissue spread for miles around the paths where we were walking. It was like these huge hedges of red all around us, with these beautiful marble patterns running through them. They had these tubes, they were bringing the tissue blood, and we could see the blood running around, up and down. It was really interesting. I like to see how things are made, and to understand where they come from.”

      The irony of course, is that the character has no idea about cows, since they no longer exist.

    • Hi, Mud. Mmmm. Interesting . . .

  17. Heya Kim, who will be the main character in the world book? Do you know anything yet? *jiggly* Have a great weekend! aimée

  18. Hourray for you! Reads like your Friday is going to be a well deserved, slower day.

    My Friday means Avatar on Imax with my family and then… reading WWBC!

    I’ll have to get my hands on Madison’s book, too. I’ve only read the novel and it was promising.

  19. Phil

    It’s wierd! Friday came so fast and it’s only a couple weeks since New Years but it seems like ages ago. Hmm.

    I perused some UF last week but couldn’t decide. Faith Hunter’s new book looks enticing but I haven’t read the first one in her series.

    Oooh, Madison has only three books to resolve those issues for you! Hope she does.😉

    • Kylie Ru

      Have you read Divine By Mistake by P. C. Cast? That’s what I’m reading right now. And it’s pretty awesome. I think. But, well, I’m a chick, and it’s kinda right up my alley.

    • Phil

      Thanks, Kylie. I noticed P.C. Cast’s series, three books so far I think, and they do look intriguing, imaginative, and cool titles, too. You’re probably right ’bout the chick thing, but I will have another look over the weekend.🙂

      Oh, I just came from the eye doctor. He dilated my pupils and, as you might imagine, they kind of look like Ivy’s when she’s vamping out. (Any typos are to blamed on that!)

      Thanks again for the book suggestion!

    • Kylie Ru

      Oh, I hate when they dilate my eyes. That and thing that puffs air at you. It’s evil, I tell you! EVIL!!!

    • The weird biologist part of me, the dog trainer part of me, and the avid reader part of me, says get Faith’s Skin Walker.

      I really liked it.

    • Phil

      I may just do that, Mud. Very tempting!! Thanks.

    • Marsha

      Phil, have you tried Richelle Mead’s Storm Born and Thorn
      Queen? I found them as a “fill-in” until the next Hollows book comes out and really liked her main character. I don’t know if it’s a “chick book” series, but I think you might like it if you like Rachel.

    • Antonio Rich

      I would second Mud and Marsha’s reccomendations(just read Faith’s Blood Cross and it’s even better than her first Jane Yellowrock book). Ilona Andrews is a favorite. Jim Butcher, Charlaine Harris, Patricia Briggs, Jocelynn Drake…I liked Gail Carriger’s Soulless. Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld is a steampunk YA retelling WWI that I thought was Terrific. That should keep you busy for awhile (Grin)

    • Hi, Phil. Have you read Brams CHILD THIEF?

  20. Hi Ms. Harrison!

    *laughs* I have a button like that… though mine’s a bit ruder. To be used in conversations when you believe people aren’t telling you the truth…
    Hope you are enjoying your day! I got my car back from the panel beaters so hopefully, things will start settling into normal again. Or, what ever counts as normal these days.
    *Grin!* You know Thomas Covenant!🙂 Browny points. I wasn’t born when his books came out the first time, lol. I discovered them in university. I’m reading Runes of the Earth atm. I’ve had it for two years on my book shelf, but somehow – the timing never felt right to read it. You’re right, you either love or hate him.

    Have a super weekend and come back safely.

    Alyssa

  21. Do you find it hard to concentrate on one book when you have two and possibly three different projects in different stages? I would think I might find myself in the middle of some seriousness in one book, but my mind would wander over to the other book’s edits or whatnot.

    • Hi, Kindle-Sprite. It’s very rare that I have to work on two books at the same time, and I’ve become adept at divorcing myself from one when I work on the other, so it’s not an issue anymore, but it used to be! 😉

  22. suzannelazear

    Maybe the easy button should be your freebie, lol.

    Yay on getting the draft done. Have a fab and relaxing weekend.

    I’m taking the chicks to the tot’s class for share day today.

    Sigh, you know you’re a mom when your daugther asks if you get the “moose channel” still, and you know she’s talking about Nick Jr. LOL.

    Happy weekend!

    ~Suzanne and the tot

  23. Kylie Ru

    That sounds like a plan, Kim-san!

    Oh, and whoever is coming with me has to stay in the office during the surgery. I’m not happy with that arrangement, but whatever. Three weeks.

    But on the bright side, only a few weeks after that: Rachel! *happy dance*

    • Hi, Kylie-san. Mmmm, can they come in when you’re recovering? I don’t like the idea of being unconscious when no one is in the room. Especially if I have cotten in my mouth that can slip and end up in my throat.

  24. Bonnie Jean in MA

    Just a question…I know you have talked about your final products before but I was wondering… When one of your books is published (and you have your own final published copy) do you keep all of your notes and rewrites with the final product or do you display your final products all together and tuck away all the work which lead up to it? Just curious. Thanks Bonnie Jean in MA

    • Hi, Bonnie Jean. I have a hardcover out on my shelf just for show, and a mass market behind my desk for reference. I’ve got some of the foreign editions out because I like the art. I have a manuscript closet where I keep my rough draft and first submission along with my outlines, but I keep my notes for each book available for reference in my fire-proof file cabinet in my office. You’d be surprised how often I refer to them, especially my character graph.

  25. Jenn

    I LOVE the Easy button! They are so funny!
    I’m glad you are where you wanted to be with your writing….enjoy your tea & I hope you have a fantastic weekend!
    Tomorrow is going to be my first day off since Jan 4th! I can’t wait!!!