I am at my daughter’s house in West Nyack, NY. Friday of last week and today, Monday, I was alone at the house while Seanan and her husband were at work and my granddaughters were at school and then dancing school. That left me from around 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on my own. Because it has been a short stay, I didn’t rent a car and have been housebound.
I started chapter 34 on Friday and got halfway through and finished it this morning. Have to give it a quick read-through later this afternoon.
I am lucky in that I can bring my laptop with me and write in Dublin, Ireland or West Nyack. While there are a lot of distractions in Key West and in Dublin, West Nyack this time kept me at the laptop.
Going these few days without Morning Joe has left me shaky but I’ve survived. I fly back tomorrow (United, so watch the evening news in case I’m dragged off the plane) and hope I can get back to writing in the mornings, exercise and then watch the recorded Morning Joe.
I had hopes of finishing the new book this month and out as an e-Book before I left for the Dublin writers Conference. Hope and wishes won’t get that done. If I wrote straight for two or three weeks it might get done, but then it goes to the editor and back to me for rewrites. Looks as if I will finish it in Dublin.
Like many of my books, it has legs. The thought came to me in Dublin last summer, worked on in KW, now West Nyack and finish, I hope, in Dublin.
As I said, I am lucky in that I can take my work with me when I travel and have no one to answer to but myself.
Pray or chant or whatever it is you do, for me and maybe Mistaken Identity will be out by Sept. And maybe I’ll get back in the grove and write two books a year. A lot of work that keeps me out of the bars, but doesn’t stop me from traveling.