Last saturday I want to my monthly RWA meeting. It was superb. Debra Dixon spoke and I picked up a copy of her GMC (Goal Motivation and Conflict) book. Fantastic. If you're a writer I recommend it.
I knew something was wrong when Deb stopped to ask if everyone else was hot and the crowd all nodded. I was freezing. By the time I made it home that afternoon I was well on my way to being sick.
My husband (who never gets sick) had the flu a few months ago and missed almost a week of work. Last week my son got it and was out of school for the week. Not the H1N1 - just the regular old flu. Now it's my turn. I'm so bored I feel like I'm about to lose my mind.
So what do you do when you don't feel well enough to do much of anything? For the first couple days I watched movies. One day I decided to read. I picked up "To Beguile A Beast" by Elizabeth Hoyt and blew through it. I hadn't read a historical in probably close to a decade. It took me back to summers in high school when I would sit on Hampton Beach and read one boddice-ripper after another.
Then I starting tackling edits (between naps) for an upcoming release - Under Fire. Coincidentally, it's a historical. WWI, set in Arabia. The original manuscript was written years ago and was once published under an alternate title. Honestly, in giving it a fresh read, I think it needs a lot of work.
I've put aside The Summoning for now since my submission deadline for it is open ended and Red Rose has been exceedingly patient with me while I finished work on The Sacrifice. They are indulging my desire to do some major rewrites on Under Fire so I'm making that my primary focus for the next few weeks. I hope to have a more polished version into my editor there soon.
Once that's turned in, I'll go back to working on the Forbidden Series. I also need to figure out what to do with three short stories that I have. I'm trying to decide if I should submit them someplace, or release them as free reads. Guess I'll tackle that question another day. For now...it's time to nap.