Thursday, January 18, 2007


So here I am minding my own business. Diving. Taking photographs. A prickling behind my neck. An eerie feeling. Someone is watching me.
I turn around.
Yikes! A can of humans!
I could even see that they were taking MY picture. I could only do one thing.
I waved.

4 pm and 80 degrees.
I got my final round of edits for Lottery. Very few tweaks. I am taking a breather. Almost done. Then it goes into production.
I have to slow down. This is my last opportunity to make sure it is right. It is perfect.
I warn you. My blog will occasionally skip a day or be late. But I can see you all salivate. There is nothing more powerful than variable reinforcement.
Soon Lottery will be out of my control. I will have to go back to editing my other manuscript and begin adding to my poor little WIP who has been abandoned in the corner while his big brother Lottery went out on the town.
What would you have me do? I have already spent copious amounts of time reselecting the template on my blog. It is like I have to force myself to work. This has never happened to me before. Paul T. said, "Hey, start another project. Leave the book selling to the book sellers." But there is so much to learn. So much I can do. And it is so exciting.
What to do.
And how to do it.
What do you think?
Now commenters.
Start your engines.
They're OFF!


Kimber An said...

It'd be a heck of a time to give up coffee. That's all I can say.

ORION said...

Ohhh I can make some right NOW!!!!

Anonymous said...

I have a few suggestions, but I'll send you an e-mail, lol.
I love the photos you post!!!
Too funny - 'a can of humans'!
I love my morning coffee. But I've been a coffee addict since I was 14. I had one job in the morning before school and another in the afternoon after school, and I learned to be a coffee drinker then.

Heidi the Hick said...

I don't know what it's like to have a deadline imposed by someone else. I have to put them on myself just to get it finished.

You seem to be handling the pressure very well. Or maybe you're a good actor!

What do you think is the hardest part of the process, not that you're at this point?

Therese Fowler said...

Pat, you are so droll!

I just got my last set of tweaks for SOUVENIR and I'm with you on the "slow down and get it perfect" deal.

This is IT. Our debuts. It all feels much weightier, suddenly.

The editing will be a nice diversion from fretting about the WIP, though!

I drink tea, but maybe it's time to make a switch...

Bernita said...

"A can of humans."
Really like that.

ORION said...

Heidi-the hardest part of the process by far was writing the novel and querying. This part is not a bit hard - but it's like Therese said- the pressure adds to the mix. All of a sudden you realize that your book soon (a few months) will be out in the world in front of God, your great aunt and everybody.

Holly Kennedy said...

Most people drive to Starbucks for a coffee to unwind. But not Pat! She straps on snorkeling gear and jumps into the ocean!

ORION said...

He he!

adrienne said...

Can I just say how much I love your life. I mean seriously idealic. You get to dive beneath the waves, take the most incredible pictures, and at the same time have a book coming out that is already doing well!

Maybe someday I'll get to go to Hawaii. Maybe when the series "Lost" realises what they really need is a nice Canadian girl, with a slightly affected accent, and deep dimples to make their ensemble complete.

ORION said...

I can see it!
I will say that many people can not even imagine living in a 48 foot sailboat. I SERIOUSLY have no room for my books!
Hey I can show you a good time if you come out here!