Saturday, October 31, 2009

Book update . . . and new book

Oh, the joys of living with dyslexia. I had NO IDEA how long the book editing process would take. After spending 16 hours on it last weekend, I thought I was finished. I even ordered several advanced copies of the book to give to my parents and a few other people. But when the most recent proof arrived, it was full of errors. Small errors, but errors nonetheless.

Publication of The Wienerschnitzel Diary is on hold for a few more weeks. With luck, I can put this project behind me by Thanksgiving. Maybe I should consider hiring a professional editor next time.

In the meantime, the writing continues. I'm about to start my first novel in conjunction with National Novel Writing Month. The tentative title is The Code. It's a young adult novel. The goal is to be proof-ready by 30 November in accordance with National Novel Writing Month's guidelines. We'll see how it goes!

Friday, October 2, 2009

So I wrote this book . . .

You might be wondering why I haven't written lately. Well, I could blame it on the broken leg, but I really don't need my leg to write blog entries. So here's the real reason. Every evening and weekend for the last three weeks or so, I've been working on the world's worst kept secret. I wrote a book. Actually, I edited a book - because it's based on a blog I wrote last year when I was living in Vienna. Anyway, I received the proof copy today and it looks GREAT!!! I do have a few corrections to make, so that's how I'll spend this weekend. But soon - maybe as soon as next week? - it'll be final. Thing is, I've enjoyed this so much, I already have an idea for another book - the next one will be a novel. Stay tuned!