Resurfacing briefly to say "HELLO!!!" and "Please forgive me for being scarce in the blogosphere this week..."
My copy edits for Friday Mornings at Nine arrived last week and I only have about 8 days to read through them, fix anything and everything I want changed and get it back in the mail to Kensington. This requires (for me) reading through the whole manuscript about 3 times: checking the copy editor's changes (first pass, quickly), making my changes (second pass, v.e.r.y slowly), checking both together (third pass, quickly but with growing anxiety). Right now I'm in the midst of my second run through, where I'm reading every sentence and asking myself repeatedly if I really want it to read this way in the final version. And no matter how much time and thought I put into it now, I know I'm still going to panic when I see the page proofs in May.
This is kind of exhausting.
However, I'm also in a never-ending state of awe over what copy editors do. For three years now--THREE years!!--I've been unknowingly leaving out the second "r" in "Ghirardelli," despite the fact that I have the actual product IN MY HOUSE almost every week. The amazing CE discovered and corrected this error...along with about 200 others. Maybe I should send her some chocolate, huh?
Anyway, between this and finishing up judging RITA books (some very good ones but I have 8 of them!), I'm going to have to be offline more than on this week. Looking forward to catching up on blog posts and what's happening with all of you very soon, though!
BTW, many thanks to those of you who stopped by "Mr. Knightley's Picnic" last week :). The event itself is over but those interested in winning prizes still have until March 27th to leave comments on the posts. There are tons of things to win--especially books and fairy-related things. Here is the full schedule of events. On that page, just click on the time listed for each event and it will take you to the proper post. Both Amanda Grange (author of many Austenesque novels, including Mr. Knightley's Diary and Mr. Darcy, Vampyre) and I wrote little fiction pieces to accompany the picnicking. Each story can be read in 7 parts (these are noted on the schedule), and a comment on those posts puts you in the running to win books. Amanda's story is called "Mr. Knightley and the Fairies" and mine is "A Tale of Two Matchmakers." (Part one of mine begins here, and there are links at the bottom of the post to the rest of the story.)
So, now you know about my wacky week. What are you all doing?? Hope the start of March brings you much sunshine and that first wonderful wiff of spring (or fall, if you're in the Southern Hemisphere--love that season, too ;).