Wow! It’s been five weeks since my last blog post. That might be a record.
So what have I been doing these last five weeks? Mostly working on The Buddy Files, which is a 3-book chapter book series I have coming out in the spring. It’s about a school therapy dog (well, he’s just in training to become a therapy dog in these three books…if the series continues, THEN he’ll be a therapy dog) who solves mysteries…the books are told from the dog’s point of view. I LOVE writing in a dog’s point of view, so I’m really, really hoping the series will continue.
Anyway…I just turned in book 3 last week…and I turned in final edits for book 1 yesterday…and I’m waiting for final revision notes on 2 and 3. So I’m a little bit lost. I’ve been so involved with this series that I hardly know what to do with myself now that I don’t have a book to finish or edits to turn in.
I did manage to finish a picture book that I had told another editor I’d have finished by the end of summer (I did tell her I was swamped with this other project)…and I’ve got another picture book that I want to write for this same publisher that’s doing my series. (We talked about it at ALA a couple months ago…) There’s also a novel I should get back to. But my heart is still very much with Buddy.
So…not knowing what else to do today, I spent some time online…reading things I haven’t had time to read the last three months. Here’s one thing that really spoke to me. It’s from Kurt Vonnegut’s Eight Rules for Writing Fiction: Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
Words to live by…