I'd love to have this statue in my garden. I do have a stone rabbit peeking out behind some roses but this boy is far more clever. And I love the way he doesn't move or eat or break things! He simply reads:) My boys wouldn't like him at all!
It's a hot day here in the Pacific Northwest. About 82 degrees. We're having halibut on the grill for supper with some spinach and new potatoes from the garden. But what I really want is ice cream!
Today I reached a milestone on book 2 - Red River Daughter. Maybe I should call it Red River Diet as it's fallen from 149,000 words to 107,000! In case you care what writers do when they edit... I printed out another hard copy of the book and read through the manuscript as quickly as I could (it still took 6 intense days), making corrections/edits as I did so. There's nothing like holding the book in hand and marking it up with blue pen! So much better than fooling around on a laptop! I catch so much more with a hard copy. But next I'll transfer all those changes onto the e-file of the manuscript and then I'll print out another hard copy and start reading again. I really like the process of polishing a book but being a perfectionist makes editing a bit eternal. And then off it goes to my editor July 31st!
I just realized today that in exactly one month, The Frontiersman's Daughter, is officially released! I'm going to head to the nearest Barnes & Noble and celebrate (unfortunately it's 1 1/2 hours away)!
What makes you readers buy a book? I'd love to know.
Happy July 1st!