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?