Monday, November 1, 2010

I'm cheating and cross-posting this at the Archives, but that's because it's November 1st and I am BACK

So, while I was gone, several things occurred. One of them was rather large and amazing, one of them was rather large and sucky, the rest ranged from spectacular to average, but all in all, I'd have to say that it was a pretty good 2-3 months. Rather than trying to remember all these events, I've decided instead to answer some lingering questions you're all sure to have:

Q: Did you get married?

A: Why, yes I did! Here we are, looking hot and loving and adorable and all that:

(Photo by the amazing Kate Williams of Chasing Daylight Photography)

My wedding was a dream come true. I couldn't be happier with my new husband, and boy is it nice to have time for other things! (Like blogging, and writing, and breathing. Always nice, that). Whether you care or not, I will probably be posting some pictures and a mini-recap in the near future-- unless that ever-loving mistress of the procrastinators, laziness, prevents me from doing so-- when I get more pictures, and get them organized, and all that.

Speaking of having more free time:

Q: Are you still working?

A: Um . . . no, actually. Yeah. That's the pretty major thing that's happened that sucks. It's fairly recent, and through no fault of my own, and hopefully we'll be okay. But still. Suckage.

Still, I am optimistic. And trying not to view this "Oh hey! I'll finally have real writing time!" Because making money so we can eat, and our furry babies can eat, is more important than all-the-time-I-could-ever-want-to-write. Right?

Moving on.

Q: Did you find an agent?

A: No, no I did not. For a very simple reason: you have to query agents in order to risk that they might sign you, and I haven't been querying. Rest assured, despite my assertions above, SOME of my new-found free time will be spent querying. Just not, you know, most of it.

Q: Did you get to meet any fabulous authors?

A: I did! While I didn't get any pictures, I did meet Kiersten White and Cindy Pon (both at Kiersten's signing, interestingly enough). Then, last week, I got to play native guide to Gary Corby, who is just as cool and full of fascinating historical info in person as he is online. WH and I had a fabulous time at his signing, where we also met P.L. Gaus, who writes Amish murder mysteries. We then spent Saturday showing Gary around our famous San Diego zoo (during which Gary, Scott and I had a long discussion about the possibility of owning a wallaby, and the ways someone could die by various animals) and topped off the evening by getting the only food I can think of that screams "San Diego"-- fish tacos, from a bar on the beach, by the pier. I hope Gary had as much fun with us as we did with him. Here we are at his signing:

We all look much happier in the picture on his blog. We were having a good time, I swear.

And while I neglected to take any pictures of Gary at the zoo (especially near the World's Largest Rodent [a capybara]), I did take a picture of the souvenir Gary brought me from Australia:

Thanks, Gary. I'm still working up the nerve to try it.

Aaaaaand I got to buy and then therefore read his book! Here I am, reading it:

There will be a review up here soon!

Q: Did you get any writing done?

A: Well, yes, actually. Not nearly as much as I'd have liked, but I did. I have a 43K "first draft" of my mystery done and, thanks to Gary, am moving ahead full force to start really querying my second novel, V. And this time I mean it. Sorry, where did that come from?

Q: So, uh, did anything else happen while you were gone?

A: Aside from all that I mentioned above, not really. All in all, I'm glad I decided to take the break because I honestly would have been too busy and too stressed out to be a good blogger. But on the same hand, I am SO glad to be back amongst my writer friends and catch up on everyone's lives. And while I can't guarantee that I'm back with gusto, I'm going to try to post at least twice a week, and you'll see me commenting again.

So now here's a question for you:

How have you been?


  1. Wow! You really did do a lot while you were gone. Your wedding photo is wonderful. I may have to hate you , though, for getting to meet Kiersten White! :-)

    It's good to have you back!

  2. Congratulations! You made a very beautiful bride! And congrats on all the other fun stuff too, but I'm pretty sure GETTING MARRIED trumps just about everything else!

  3. Shannon-- I'd hate me too. Kiersten is a doll! Maybe she'll do another tour soon :) Glad to be back!

    Ali-- Thank you very much :) Getting married was and continues to be awesome.

  4. Welcome back! What a beautiful wedding dress, btw...

  5. Congratulations! I'm jealous you got to meet Gary and I'm sorry about the sucky news. Everything happens for a reason, right?

    Welcome back!

  6. Welcome back! You were missed. You made a beautiful bride! Sorry about the job, but I'm sure something way better will turn up. Good luck as you begin the query process. I'll be thinking about you.

  7. You are the bestestest (that's definitely a word) tour guide any debut author could have.

    I'm very sorry about the the sucky news. Is that very recent, or did I miss something? I thought all was well two weeks ago? If all else fails, you definitely have a future as an author event manager. (Believe it or not, there are people who actually do that for the big names.)

    I am here to certify that LT and Scott make a fantastic and obviously loving couple, and are relentless in the search for delicious fish tacos.

  8. Congratulations and the BEST of best wishes! I am wishing you all the joy in the world. You look absolutely beyond in love in that picture, and absolutely gorgeous as well!

    I'm sorry to hear about the job situation, but who knows! Sometimes these things turn out the way they're meant to in the end, opening doors to bigger and better things.

  9. Stephanie-- that's what I'm hoping, but the Universe is stubbornly refusing to follow my plan for why this happened, haha. Well, it hasn't been that long, so I guess I need to give it more time.

    Susan-- Thank you :) Can't wait to catch up with everyone!

    Gary-- Yes, this is VERY recent, as of last Tuesday, actually, so no, you didn't miss anything. I had a blast showing you around so I'm glad you had a good time!

    And bestestest is totally a word. I can vouch for that.

  10. Amalia-- Thank you very much :) I'm hoping that another door will be opening very soon!

  11. Welcome back. Congratulations on your wedding.

  12. The cat licking would have been enough to drive me off. But thanks for trying it - now I won't be tempted! LOL