It’s a whole new month, and just eleven days until the mid-month release of my first inspirational historical romance, HILL COUNTRY CHRISTMAS! It’s meant a flurry of activity for me in promoting the book, sending out postcards with the lovely cover on the front and the details on the back (by the way, if you’d like me to send you one, just email me your snail mail addy via the contact info on my website!), doing an interview on Margaret Daley’s website and that of Favorite PastTIMES.com, and guest-blogging on Pistols and Petticoats. The one on Margaret’s site will be up on 10/12, the one on P&P, 10/15, and the one on Favorite PastTIMES is already up. Whew! This makes for very little time to work on the current work-in-progress, MARRYING MILLY, but next week should be better.
I’ve also gotten a couple of new distractions –first, the arrival of the complete set of the workshop disks for the 1008 ACFW conference which was just held in Minneapolis,which I can already see is going to necessitate the buying of at least a cheap MP3 player. I’ve got to be about the last person in this country to learn how to download MP3 files, but who wants to lug around a laptop to listen to these workshops. And then there’s my nifty new white “eee-pc” by ASUS, a computer that’s about the size of a DVD player and which has wireless internet. I think this is going to revolutionize my traveling, since I’ll no longer have a groove in my shoulder from carrying my 7-pound laptop around just to have email accessibility. AND I got the model that is Word-compatible, so theoretically I can write on it. But I know how much writing I usually get done when I’m away, so this may remain a theory…My cyberfriend in Ukraine is also eager for me to use Skype on it to contact her. But playing with this eee-pc will have to wait until I get this one particular top-secret writing project out of the way….
In a past couple of blogs, I mentioned the horrendous service at a French restaurant in the Sofitel Hotel in Minneapolis. I finally did get an apology from their management, but just that. They know we writers don’t live there, so there’s no use offering us a refund or something, but somehow I was hoping for something more in the way of service recovery than what I got….f