Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Kari's Kave: The End ... or just the beginning!

The satisfaction of writing "The End" is such an amazing feeling! But the end isn't ever really the end, it's just the beginning. Beginning of revisions, beginning of starting a new book, beginning of a whole new set of possibilities.

So much work goes into writing a book. Coming up with a great idea, having enough twists and turns to carry the book the whole way through, finding a fabulous conclusion that will leave the reader satisfied and wanting more....

It's not easy!

I always say I'm going to make a schedule and stick to it. I really need to start doing that for my own sanity. But for some reason, I always end up procrastinating. I seem to do my best work under pressure. I don't know why that is. It's the same with dieting. I can never seem to stick to anything without some kind of deadline. Like an upcoming wedding or trip or (ahem....conference!)

So today and tomorrow I will be polishing my book three like a mad woman so I can meet my deadline of the end of the day on March 1st! That's Thursday of this week, people! And then I will be starting my diet and exercise and, yes, a new schedule on Friday.

Friday is 8 weeks until Malice! Let the countdown begin!

Eeeek. I am so excited. Thank God I have Liz and her CP Joni and fellow Berkley author Rochelle there. I haven't been to a conference without my own CP Barbara Witek since the VERY beginning so many years ago. She MAKES the conference for me. I have so much fun with her, it won't be the same :-( But, I understand. Her son's confirmation falls on the same weekend.

At the same time, this is a great opportunity for me to step out of my comfort zone and meet some new people. As outgoing as I am, I am shy when I first meet people. I like my comfy peeps with me. Once I get to know someone, I come out of my shell. But to meet them initially is scary.

I am looking forward to meeting my fellow Killer Character bloggers. That will be really cool. And I get to be on a panel with the 4 other Agatha nominees for Best First Novel, which will be scary but also cool! At least I'm not alone up there and only have to answer questions for like 8 to 10 minutes and then sign books after. The scariest part for me will be the new mystery authors breakfast. There are 24 of us and we each get our own table with 10 seats at it. The fans come in and choose which table they want to sit at and eat breakfast with that author.

Eeeek....what if no one sits at my table?

Hoping someone likes our books is terrifying enough, but being the last one picked to be on their team (or to sit with at breakfast :-) is even more terrifying. Even more reason to get in shape and look my best! Gulp!!

I just keep chanting, "It's not the end (of the world if people don't like you), it's just the beginning (of everything!)" I CAN do this, I WILL do this!

Now back to my Kave, and back to your regularly scheduled program...Karitown out :-)


Kari Lee Townsend said...

Okay, people, what's on your agenda for today?

Liz Lipperman said...

Holy cow! Who would have thought you'd be nervous about people sitting at your table. I think that is where I am the most comfortable. It's being on the panels that scares the hell out of me.

Yay on finishing the manuscript. Polish that sucker up and hit SEND.
Any yes, Joni and I will take good care of you at Malice. We may not be as much fun as Barbie, but we can do shooters well. And we have a lot to celebrate!

Kari Lee Townsend said...

LOL, you and Joni are just as much fun as Barbie, and we'll do shooters in her honor :-)

And I'm more nervous about people NOT sitting at my table.

I AM getting excited about going, though. And I can't wait to see Joni again. It's been a while.

Lindsay said...

You'll do fine at the conference. Just be yourself and you'll do fine.

Kari Lee Townsend said...

Awww thanks Lindsay :-)

Tiffinie Helmer said...

Don't forget your box off ass wine. :) The first time I met you I was charmed. You will do the same at this conference. Huge congrats over finishing the book! How you can edit in a that amount of time is beyond me. Good luck.

Anita Clenney said...

You shy??? But I do know what you mean. It's awkward meeting a group at first. You'll be fine and you'll have a blast. Have fun and congrats on being on the Agatha nominees for best first novel. That's amazing. And I hope you got the third book looking good!

Kari Lee Townsend said...

LOL thanks Tiffinie :-) I will NEVER forget that box of ass wine. I don't think I've laughed that hard ever!

And YAY I pulled it off and met my deadline at 4pm yesterday. It's not pretty going through that, but I seem to pull off some of my best work that way.

And I edit a lot as I go along. A lot of reflecting on what I have and where I'm going and adding things in as I go along. So in the end, I usually don't have much to edit at all. Thank God!

And Anita...believe it or not, I am shy at times. It doesn't last long and I am getting better, but I am never good on my own. I usually have my peeps with me (my comfort zone)