Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Done!

I turned it in on Friday. I am done. Yep. The book that has had me tearing my hair out, gnashing my teeth and chewing my tongue in my sleep is done. I feel like an enormous weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I've already cleaned my closet, signed my child up for SAT subject tests and gone for 40 mile bike ride. Tomorrow I'm paying bills and straightening up the laundry room. Wednesday it's sweeping the patio and coffee with friends.

This will be my tenth novel, which I realize is pretty small potatoes in the romance industry, but feels like a big deal to me. I'm trying to come up with a way to reward myself. One of my friends has a necklace with ISBN number of her novel engraved on it. Another has a necklace made of beads that were formed from her book cover (don't know quite how that works, but it seemed interesting). I can't figure out how to do something with 10 ISBns, though and I don't think I have cover flats from all the books so I'd have to strip some to make beads from each one and that feels painful.

Any suggestions?

THE PASSAGE Update.

Sinead, I'm on 218 (out of 844). I'm still a little confused about what's happening and who's in charge and who's actually a good guy and who's actually a bad guy, but I can not put it down. I'm carrying my Nook around with me at all times just in case there's a minute of down time when I might be reading. I'm afraid my sudoku skills are going straight down the toilet.

6 comments:

Maureen McGowan said...

Congratulations, Eileen!!!! I'm not sure what to recommend as a reward, but personally I never say no to a pair of shoes. But that's not too book specific...

Sinead M said...

Eileen, congrats!! That deserves a celebration. Maybe some really good champagne...

As for the Passage, confusing, I know, and the POV switches never change. At one point he is in the POV of a 4 year old girl, who thinks a like a 40 yr old writer and I'm still reading, because I need to know what happens...

I'm two thirds of the way through, about page 400..

Eileen said...

And the names, the NAMES! It's a good thing my Nook has a search feature on it. I'd totally forgotten who Fanning was . . .

Kristina Mathews said...

Eileen,
I have no idea what kind of reward you should give yourself, but it should be meaningful to you.

I did want to tell you that I ordered VANISHED IN THE NIGHT- I just loved the cover. I am not quite finished with it, but I am loving it. Even if you named the school the same name as my son's very good school. I can't wait to read the last five chapter and see how it ends.

Eileen said...

OMG! There's seriously a Sierra School for Boys? Eek!

I'm so glad you're enjoying the book, Kristina. I loved that cover, too.

Kristina Mathews said...

There is a Sierra Elementary School. It is a California Distinguished School and a National Blue Ribbon School. It is a public school and nothing at all like the one in your book. It is actually an example of the way public schools should be. I love my kids' school.

I think that is the hard thing about naming places in fiction. (or people or your own kids) it will ineveitably have a completely different connotation to someone somewhere.

I have to go finish the rest of your book. And then maybe I can get back to mine.

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