Phew. I need a vacation from the weekend

I’m glad to sit at my desk this morning. No, there wasn’t a lot of snow to shovel. No family to entertain. No big shopping, though I am starting to plan out the menu for Superbowl next weekend. (I’m making soft pretzels and guacamole.)

Nope, I’m exhausted because it was a Lord of the Rings marathon, and Guy and I watched all three extended versions without commercials and with all the extras. I am exhausted! Guy actually had to wake me up this morning. It did give me time to knit in front of the TV, though. It’s a mess with more bobbins than I’ve ever worked with, but it’s moving forward.

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More importantly, I’m in the home stretch for Peri’s first editorial rewrite. Frankly, this has been one of self-doubt since I’ve changed the story so much, and much of that touches on the pace, which is kind of the backbone of any book and mostly instinctive for me at this point–or at least it used to be. It feels even more top heavy toward the beginning for an action/thriller than before, which is why I’m going over it one last time to see how the changes I put in might be keeping those first 100 pages moving.  But if I’ve learned anything in the last ten years, it’s trust your editor, and nine times out of ten, I can see what she was trying to do by the time I get to the end, even if I don’t see it in the beginning.

Guy, who never reads my rewrites, did this time, actively coming out into my office and looking for chapters.

That is a very good sign.

 

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10 responses to “Phew. I need a vacation from the weekend

  1. I’m really excited about meeting Peri. I guess it makes sense that you’d feel a little more doubt since you’ve left the familiar Hollows ground behind, but I doubt you have anything to worry about!

  2. Claudia D.

    Can’t wait for the finished project, both the book and the knitting. The knitting looks great.

  3. Vampyre

    I am seeing a trend here. I’m not a sports fan either. I do like a good pretzel and guacamole(whack a molee) though. I tried pizza with a pretzel crust once, bad bad idea. Very salty.

  4. anita

    Lord of the rings movies give me high blood pressure so much action! Im right in the middle of “The undead Pool”, Feeling really relieved that Trent and Rachel are a couple.

  5. We can wait for your next work patiently . The Hollows was one amazing roller coaster ride I never wanted to get off from. Have to say I loved Al, so pleased he got the last word.

    I never will understand the Super Bowl sorry!

  6. Martin

    Good morning Ms. Harrison,
    Never doubt that you know how to write. In addition to trusting your editor, also trust your instincts. We are all looking forward to reading your next series; the last one was pretty good. 😉
    Who’s playing in the Super Bowl? I guess I wasn’t paying attention.
    Martin

    • Martin

      Patriots and Seahawks. Duh,

    • Gerry

      What’s the Superbowl? (N.B. I’m English! 😛 )

    • It’s a big football game. I’m not watching it for the sport as much as the specially made commercials that go along with it, the traditional foods, and the friendship. It’s a party, basically, going on all over the U.S. It feels good to be a part of something that everyone takes part in.

  7. I love reading your posts! They are always so interesting! I really wish I had your energy(and your age)!

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