When secret things are happening.

It’s a secret (c) Paul Brunskill

One of the things that takes some getting used to in the publishing industry is the amount of time you spend keeping secrets. From everyone. Big ones or little ones, you’re almost always not telling someone something.

The problem is, the more secrets I’m carrying, the quieter I get. Right now there are a couple of things happening that I would LOVE to talk about, but I can’t yet. In one case because nothing has really happened yet and in the other because it hasn’t been finalized. When I come to post here, though, all I want to do is talk about THOSE THINGS. And I can’t. So I don’t post anything.

Makes sense, right?

What I CAN tell you is that I’m going to see Neal Gaiman this weekend! One of his tour stops is less than an hour away from where I live, so I’m packing myself into my car and dragging a friend along for the ride to go down and see him. Even though I just saw him talk at BEA. ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH. Obviously. And since this is being billed as his last US book tour, it may quite literally be my last chance. I’ll be there rain or shine… though I really hope it doesn’t rain. Books don’t do well in the rain.

In news I can share, I should be getting my next round of edits on Sing Sweet Nightingale any day! This is both scary and exciting. I want to shine this book until it sparkles like a really pretty amethyst. Despite that desire, there’s also this little fear-demon living in the back of my head whispering that I’m going to mess it up. Or not live up to my own standards.

Faith that my agent and my editors won’t let me screw anything up helps tamp down the first worry, but the second…

The second is kind of an occupational hazard of being human, so I’m not sure there’s much that can be done.  All you can do is work as hard as you can, pour as much of yourself into the project as you can, and hope for the best.

So… That’s what’s going on in my life. How are you? 🙂

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