Book Progress (a title!) and Other Details of Life

Would you like to know something completely baffling? All right. It might not be baffling to you, but it has my husband scratching his head and asking, “Who are you and what have you done with my real wife?”

I think I’m turning into a morning person. See, I had this deadline. And it was really important that I meet this deadline. Revisions were due back to my editor (because the book! It’s happening!) which was a little complicated because it was also Spring Break. And I have six children. I tried staying up late to get the work done, but ended up doing a lot of tired, blank staring at the computer screen. This was only a little devastating  because that used to be the only time I ever got any writing done. And then, one morning, at 5:22, I got up to take care of Jack and then realized I was WIDE awake. So I sat down and worked for two hours before any kids woke up.

Guys, I know it might sound ridiculous. But it was truly miraculous. I got so much work done! Twice as much as I ever do working at night. And so I’ve been setting my alarm clock, waking up at 5:30, and enjoying two blissful hours of peace before any child even stirs. Never in a million years did I ever think I would say that I looked forward to 5:30 in the morning. But it’s magical, people.

(Combine this new early waking with the fact that I have stopped drinking Cherry Coke? It’s like I hardly recognize myself at all.)

So the book has a title! (That sort of feels much more exciting than my morning routine. Maybe I should have mentioned that first? I’ll just go add it to the title so you know the news is coming…)

Drum roll, please… The House at Rose Creek

I’m excited. Are you excited? My people over at Covenant have decided to market the book as a romance, though it was determined to be borderline women’s literature because of the other stuff going on. Thing is, there IS a romance, and it plays a pretty big role so… I think romance is the right place for it to be.  And so do they. Which is why I really like the title because it alludes to all the other stuff that is going on. Like the century old farmhouse that plays quite a significant role.

So what happens now? Revisions are done (thank you, 5:30 in the morning) and now the book is working it’s way through copy editing and typesetting, and proofreading. I expect cover design will also happen sometime in the not so distant future.


See that big kid up there on the left? Yeah. Makes me feel old.

On the home front, we’re gearing up for a big month of birthdays. In April, Jack will be 1, Ivy will be 3, Henry will be 6, I will be 32 (I seriously have to keep doing the math… 1981? And now it’s 2013? Right. That’s 32. Right?) and then a week later in May, Jordan will be 12. 12!! At least once everyday, I look at him and wonder how that giant person could actually be my offspring.

So yes. Life is busy and the book is moving along and I love waking up early. What about you? Do you have a magical time of day?

8 thoughts on “Book Progress (a title!) and Other Details of Life

  1. Shauna F says:

    Yay for a title and early mornings! I really need to work on that myself. What time do you go to bed may I ask… And I’m trying to figure out why I can’t remember my age either. I have to do the math too:) Happy Birthday this month!!!

    • jennyproctor says:

      Shauna, my bedtime is hardly an example at this point… but I’m trying to be better. If I get about six hours of sleep I’m good, so I aim for being in bed by 11, if I’m planning on getting up at 5:30.

  2. Melanie H. says:

    I had to laugh a little about early mornings…..being I remember you having a huge ordeal about not being able to wake up for class 🙂 Not even an alarm clock would cut it. I love early mornings too…..if I could just get my toosh out of bed! Congrats, way excited for you and your book. Was thinking about it the other day randomly and wondering when it was coming out.

    • jennyproctor says:

      Melanie, that’s what makes this so extraordinary! I have NEVER been a morning person. I remember I was in danger of failing my 8 AM Book of Mormon class, not because I had a bad grade, but because I’d missed SO many days! It was awful. And I was mean, wasn’t I? When you guys would try and wake me up? I hope this early morning thing sticks. The best thing about it is that I have an entirely different spirit about me when I’ve already been productive for two hours when the kids finally wake up. It’s like it keeps me from feeling like I’m playing catch up all day, ya know? And I don’t resent them for pulling me out of bed. It’s amazing how much better I feel. So. I’m hopeful I can keep it up. It will make writing/scripture studying/pondering so much easier rather than trying to squeeze it in at night.

  3. Cindy says:

    Jealous. There’s not a thing in the world that would get me up @ 5:30 right now…not without going to bed @ 9pm!

  4. Andrea Skillman says:

    When we first moved to NC when I was a kid we lived outside of Franklin in a house at Rose Creek. I can’t wait to read your book and get to know your characters. So happy for you!

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