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Christmas shopping vs. book writing

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

So how’s your Christmas shopping going? Are you about done, not even started? Don’t you hate that question, “Are you ready for Christmas” usually asked by the smug ones who are? (And were probably ready in July.)

This year I’m going especially crazy because my deadline for MARRYING MILLY is 1/15. I’ve done this before, shopping and deadlines at the same time, and each time I swear I’ll never let that happen again. But longer time to write the book means longer times between books, so that’s always what persuades me.

My days have assumed a rhythm (at least when I haven’t worked at the hospital the night before). Shop in the morning, write in the afternoon until supper time. I’m making steady progress on both fronts, but there’s still so much to do for both. And pretty soon I’m going to HAVE to start wrapping. I have two daughters, two sons-in-law, six grandkids, and a husband, and that’s a lot of wrapping. I guess I’ll do that in the evening….

How do you other savvy authors handle this?

Oh, by the way, I don’t want my blog always featuring my complaints about various businesses, but if you have to choose between ordering from Amazon online or Barnes and Noble, pick the latter. Their ordering procedures are much clearer, resulting in much less orders put through in spite of the fact you’ve decided to back out and not finalize the order. I’m just sayin’.

Blessings, Laurie

Amazon Schmamazon

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Just took a new reference book out of the package–COWBOYS AND THE TRAPPINGS OF THE OLD WEST. It looks to be a fabulous find! Sure wish I had time to pore over it page by page, but as soon as I get done with this blog, I need to Get To Work on my book.

A Bronx cheer (pffft!) to Amazon on their ordering screens for this purchase, however–I’m reminded of why I don’t like them and stopped using them awhile ago. One screen excitedly told me I was eligible for free shipping, but in the course of making several clicks to attempt to achieve that, I somehow unknowingly ordered the book twice. The next day when I got the confirmation by email, I emailed them right back to try to head off the error. I don’t know why they even pretend it’s possible to fix the problem at that point–well, yes I do, actually; it’s in hopes that I’ll be too weary of the whole thing and busy with other matters and just keep the extra book.

Not. I didn’t even receive the book I’d gone on the site originally to buy, THE LOOK OF THE OLD WEST. I’ll jump through their stupid hoops and return this thing, and then go on Barnes & Noble or Books-a-Million’s sites  to order the book I really wanted.

Sorry for the Monday mood. I was sick over my weekend off–a low-level virus that suddenly went into painful pleurisy. I’ll be more cheerful next time, I promise.  And now the dogs have been bribed with chewies and it’s Time to Write.

Blessings, Laurie