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 :-)