Today’s guest is the wonderful and fabulous Thea Harrison! Please, everyone say hello
First, thank you, Lauren, for inviting me to visit on your blog. Iâ€™m delighted to be here! And while Iâ€™m visiting here with Lauren, sheâ€™s kindly agreed to visit on my blog too.
Periodically I like to ask on Twitter what people would be interested in reading, because the blogs are, after all, for the readers. I got lots of great suggestions, but the one that stood out for me was the tweet that I am now using as a blog title: â€śWhy the hell I never remember what I went into the kitchen for.â€ť
The life of a professional full-time writer can get, like any other job, quite complicated. At the moment I have four projects that are in various stages of completion.
â€˘ I just finished revisions on LORDâ€™S FALL, which is scheduled for a November 6th release. This tight of a turnaround means that very soon, I can expect copyeditsâ€”this is the stage where one goes through for content, continuity, word choices, etc. Directly after that, I can expect the typeset proofsâ€”this is where one goes through the story one final time for grammar and last minute content conflicts. Very soon I also expect to start work on the blog tour for this release.
â€˘ Iâ€™m writing book six, Aryalâ€™s story, with a deadline on August 15th. Sorry, I have a title under submission with my editor, but I donâ€™t know if sheâ€™s approved it or not, so I canâ€™t tell you what this book will be called yet.
â€˘ I have a third full length novel (thankfully with the same editor as the first two projects!) that will need revisions, and I expect to hear details of thatâ€”along with another deadlineâ€”within the next couple of weeks. Sorry, no agreed-upon title for this one yet either, although I do expect one soon. The projected release date for this is April 2, 2013.
â€˘ I have a novella under submission with my Samhain editor, Elder Races #4 HUNTING SEASON, and I expect a variety of things after that is accepted (which we all believe will happen, although it hasnâ€™t happened yet). The projected release date for this is September 18th. There will be finalizing cover art, copyedits, and a blog tour for this one.
This feels like a lot of irons in the fire to me. Not only do I have four different storylines floating around in my head, along with the main and secondary characters, and I have two different created universes, with different timelines, magic structures and events, I also have OTHER projectsâ€”upcoming stories that are percolating in their own little pots. I have one strong idea for a contemporary, and another baby idea not yet ready to hatch. In the Elder Races universe, I have three strong ideas ready for me to work on once I get past Aryalâ€™s story. This is all exciting and fun and positive, but what does it all really mean?
It means my head is very busy. It means I am often at a place where I forget â€śreal lifeâ€ť things. I have actually been known to put the salt and pepper in the fridge before. And when I work a seven day work week, itâ€™s entirely possibleâ€”in fact probableâ€”that I might forget what day it is.
And what did I actually go into the kitchen for?
Readers, do you have busy times in your life when you misplace your keys and forget to take out the trash?
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