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Ramping up
Saturday, October 11th, 2008

My work schedule for the rest of the month is about to explode. I spent all day yesterday cleaning house, organizing my research and my office, just to get ready for the next big push. A couple of things will have me pretty busy.

First, I decided to mix things up with my writing this month to keep me from getting bored. I’m going to try to work on three things at the same time, dividing up my days into morning, afternoon and evening shifts.

First priority is the next Dark Realm book, as yet untitled. And just to keep me honest about my productivity, here’s my first progress wordmeter:

As you can see, I have a ways to go!

Afternoons, I’ll be working on something more fun, and something I plan to be done with by the end of the month—the next in my Shadowlands series for EC, Lockdown. It should go fast because I’ve been itching to use some of the stories and insights my daughter gave me while working as a corrections officer inside a prison. Not sure how I’m going to slip the sex in there in a non-icky way, but you know I’ll figure it out—got to have me some spankin’s!!

This is where I’m at with Lockdown:

My evening shift work is going to be spent finishing up some new proposals, short spurt kind of stuff. Things not as urgent as the hard deadline DR book, or nearly as much fun as the EC book, but work that needs to get done all the same. So it gets relegated to evenings when I can blow it off if I’m already tired for the day. But before I get to the proposals, I will spend a few days finishing up the next installment of Knight Dreams.

So, that’s what’s happening with me writing-wise. So far as promotion goes, I have two contests running through the end of the month. The first one you’ve already seen. It’s the Allure Author’s 30 Days of Giveaways. Then starting on Monday, I will be counting down the days until the release of my next cowboy book, Down in Texas. There will be many prizes, lots of sexy excerpts—be sure to check in every day so you don’t miss a chance at something cool!

What do you think? Is that enough to keep me busy and out of trouble for the rest of the month? Did I mention I miss swimming in the pool so much that I ordered a thermal wetsuit?! Yeah, the family thinks I’ve finally lost it with that one. :mrgreen:

7 comments to “Ramping up”

  1. Brandy Walker
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      · October 11th, 2008 at 1:34 pm · Link

    It sounds like a good plan. I hope it works out that way. :wink:



  2. Jane
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      · October 11th, 2008 at 1:39 pm · Link

    Thermal wetsuit? How much does that cost?



  3. Delilah Devlin
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      · October 11th, 2008 at 4:31 pm · Link

    Brandy!
    I hope it works out too. I know stuff happens, so that’s why I put my priority on the morning’s pages. If need be, it will be the only thing I get done that day. But I like to start with the end in mind like Steven Covey says. :grin:



  4. Delilah Devlin
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      · October 11th, 2008 at 4:32 pm · Link

    Jane!
    I ordered a wetsuit good to 50 degree water, a hood and dive socks for $212.00. I hope they keep the cold water away from my skin, and I don’t care that I’ll look like a stuffed sausage wearing it! :mrgreen:



  5. Patricia Cochran
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      · October 11th, 2008 at 4:47 pm · Link

    Busy, busy, busy schedule! I can see why
    you got the wetsuit. You will need something
    to give balance to your life!

    Pat Cochran



  6. Sheila
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      · October 11th, 2008 at 9:04 pm · Link

    It sounds like you will be busy. :smile: How do you keep all the stories seperate when working on 3 books? Good luck with the writing and swimming.



  7. Delilah Devlin
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      · October 12th, 2008 at 2:20 am · Link

    Pat!
    You’re right. The swimming was so enjoyable this summer I really hate giving it up for months. It was mediation time.

    Sheila!
    The three things I’m working on are very different from each other. Different moods, different worlds. I have them firmly in my head, so there’s no way they will bleed into each other as I write.