Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Status Update

[Edit to add: If you'd like to check out a more current status update, click here.]

Currently reading - Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (TPB)

Since someone keeps searching Google for my latest status update, I thought I'd oblige.*

Blood Magick, the first of the Bloodlines novels, is formatted and almost ready to go live.**  One of my critique partners, Jody Payne, is kind enough to do one last read-thru for me.  Just need the artwork and I'm good to go.

On the other hand, the cover of my novella, Seasons of Magick: Spring is done thanks to the super-efficient Sierra Acy.  (Check out the covers on your right.  I'll give you a hint:  some of them are Sierra's work.)  I, on the other hand, have been slower than molasses getting the edits done.  If I could give up the Day Job, the Second Job, or homeschooling GK to finish this project, I would in a heartbeat, but I can't do any of that for various and sundry reasons.

I'll spend some of this week buckling down on those edits, setting up various accounts of e-distributors and praying I can get my issues with PayPal rectified.

But not today.

When I was on the verge of a serious mental episode last week, DH gently pointed out that I literally had not had a day off in several months.  I said I had several days in February where all I did was lay on the couch.  At which point, DH stroked my hair, looked deep into my eyes and said, "Honey, the flu does not count."

So while you read this, I may be getting my haircut, browsing through a bookstore, eating real Tex-Mex or viewing Sucker Punch at the theater.

Mental health days are totally unnderrated.

* Don't worry, kids. I'm not harvesting your IP addresses or anything personal.  Blogger keeps stats for referring URLs, so I only know your search criteria for me to pop up on Google.  Oh, and your country of origin.

Speaking of which--To My Reader in Japan:  I'm glad to see you're back, and I hope you and your family are safe.

** I have discovered a corrolary to Gaiman's First Law.  Open the recently converted file for the e-book you wrote and randomly select a point to go to.  The randomly selected page will contain at least one formatting error.


  1. Someone keeps searching for your status update? That amazes me. Anyway, I agree, the flu isn't the same thing as taking a day off. Though resting on the couch can sometimes be wonderful. Enjoy your Mental Health day. And here's hoping you get to eat something yummy.

  2. LOL Yeah, Ivy, the status search on Google kind of surprised me, too. But hey, the experts say you need to make yourself known before you're published. I just hope I'm doing it the right way.

    I also hope these people aren't searching for the Suzan Harden who's a high school guidance counselor in Florida. *grin*

  3. Suzan, today is utterly gorgeous and is a fine selection for mental health day. Have a good one!

    Best wishes,
    Joan Reeves

  4. I had a very lovely day, though I skipped the Tex-Mex and had broiled lamburgers, cheesy taters and peas for dinner.

  5. Here's to days off!!!!!

    (after I wrote this I thought to myself, does this need an apostrophe, does this make sense, should I use an exclamation mark? I must use them sparingly...I'm freaking over here...over every word in the manuscript I'm doing the final edit on...can you tell?)

  6. Deep breath, Tess. I'm going to retrieve a couple of raspberry truffles from the cupboard and make myself a glass of decaf iced tea. I suggest you join me (cybertronically, of course), and we'll both get back to edits.