I hope you will forgive my lateness and brevity today. After settling in to work this morning and managing to revise and edit a solid 100 pages of the May '12 book, I played a bit of hooky this afternoon to accompany Mr. Ellison in his final quest to purchase a new automobile. It went rather well, and we drove off the lot with a new baby.
But the purchasing took several hours, the car needed detailing, and we of course needed to take her out for a spin.... It is a gorgeous day here, sunny and only slightly warm. It started off rainy, which really helped the editing process, truth be told, but cleared off in time for the afternoon's machinations.
Revision at this point in a book is only pro forma, but it's this pass that I find to be the most important - the last chance I have to make real changes to the story before copyedit. I won't be able to get back to it until Monday, sadly, but I'll be able to plow through next week.
Tomorrow is the official launch signing for WHERE ALL THE DEAD LIE, at Mysteries & More here in Nashville. I've been so caught up in post-Bouchercon, book launch, car buying ecstasy that I haven't had a moment to get nervous, which is a very Good Thing. If you're in Nashville, I'd love to see you tomorrow, from 2-4 pm. And then, it's off to my favorite event of the year, Wine on the River. We are meeting some good friends, plan to taste way too much wine, have a fabulous dinner and allow a car service to take us home.
It's going to be a really fun day. I hope I get a chance to see some of you out and about tomorrow.
And let me take just a moment to say thank you. I'm feeling very blessed today. This whole week, actually. My seventh novel is out in the world, you guys have shown such love and support, send beautiful notes and cards and emails, and I can't tell you how much I appreciate all of you. You mean the world to me, and I couldn't do it without you.