Saturday, February 04, 2012
We interrupt this broadcast...
I'm part of a team working on the next edition of Genreflecting, a reference book that covers popular fiction genres. I'm writing the chapter about mysteries. And, that's the problem. I wrote my chapter, and submitted it eighteen months ago for the August 2010 deadline. (If I could make that deadline the year my husband died, why couldn't other people?) Some of the people responsible for their chapters didn't get them done. Now, we have new editors, and there is a new deadline of Feb. 15th. That actually means I am entirely rewriting everything I did two years ago. If you're a mystery writer, you'll understand. How many books have you written in the last two years? I have to completely rewrite every entry I wrote, bringing them up-to-date.
That Feb. 15th deadline might sound as if it's far away, but I'll be in LA for three days next week, so I need to finish writing this chapter (40-50 pages) so I can get it to my final reader before I submit it.
I'm taking a few days off to finish, and, of course, I need to find time to finish a book or two to review. But, my priority is that chapter.
Please stop back and check on the blog. I'll be back here as soon as I can next week. In the meantime, maybe you can backtrack and read some of the posts you missed.
Or, here are three of my favorite blogs, if you'd like to read about mysteries until I get back. Jen Forbus' blog is Jen's Book Thoughts. Check out Kaye Barley's Meanderings and Muses. And, then there's Jungle Red Writers, featuring some of my favorite mystery writers.
I promise I'll be back as soon as I can. Don't forget to come back and read with me!