… since I got back from Toji Cultural Centre.
I’m now living across from the Bukit Batok Nature Park, one of my favourite parks in Singapore and ideal for rambling with dogs.
I locked in a draft of the history mystery I was writing in Korea. Aside from a (former) supporting character coming to life, necessitating a rewrite that makes her the lead character and wanting to totally change the tone and voice to balance this… I’m almost done. After all the support I got during the writing of this (thank you NAC!) I would really like to see this get to the printing stage. But it’s marinading now and I’ll need another three months (at least) for a rewrite.
When I get round to it.
Because the most wonderful, most fantastically exciting thing of all is happening next month–Aunty Lee’s Delights is being published by William Morrow/ Harper Collins!!!
I’ve been almost afraid to believe it’s really happening.
But I’ll be leaving for New York in twelve days time and if this is a dream I don’t want to wake up!
I’m also very excited about attending my first Bouchercon! Bouchercon is the world mystery convention, held at Albany this year. (If not for my book launch, getting to Bouchercon would have been the highlight of the month/ my year/ life up till now).
On the less positive side of things, despite all my good intentions of doing home practice rather than spending 45 min in each direction for a 90 min class, my yoga practice has fallen by the wayside. I keep saying I’ll get back to it after this draft/ after the edits/ after I put down this great new idea I got and have to write down before I forget it. I do my meditation and sun salutations and thank the dogs for forcing me out of the house for walks!
But turning into a computer bound hermit while writing has its perks too.
Thanks to Mur Lafferty I discovered the Magic Spreadsheet which, because I get to enter my daily word count and build continuity chains and I’ve been writing daily even through two trips to Tel Aviv and French exams! (meaning I’ve got two more first drafts salting down in the pickle jar waiting for me to calm down and edit them).
And thanks largely to Leo Babauta and Sea Change, my attempts to simplify life seem to be working… guided daily by Lift Habits. Some days when I’ve been at the computer for longer than is healthy and it’s almost morning and my brain and legs have gone to sleep, being to put a tick in a habit box is the only thing that keeps me going.
(That and my fellow No Fishpond Envy poets!)
And now that I’ve done a catch up on everything. All I can say is I can’t wait for next month, but at the same time I’m so happy here and now with the anticipation I don’t know whether reality can measure up!