Despite the 95 degree weather here in the Mississippi Delta, Fall is just around the corner. School is back in session. *Yippee* It's Friday night lights, or in our case, Thursday night lights. Pee Wee Football is in full swing for my fifth grader and we are proud parents sitting on the bleachers with our monogrammed shirts and athlete buttons. I'm short a foam finger, but hey, you can't have everything. Besides, my daughter would fold in on herself if I actually used it. People say she's just like me, but not when it comes to being an extrovert, she's shy and demure and well...I'm not!I've been editing and editing and well...editing. I couldn't just sit down and resume writing without going back through the several manuscripts I have in play. Claiming Emerson was promised to an editor in New York, so book one in that series is up first, then it's up in the air. I have no less than three works in progress, each one more than 50K words, which is close to novel length. However, I have been toying with the idea of writing something completely different, maybe a little dark, maybe a lot unlike anything I've ever written. I'm not a plotter, but I've got an entire story plotted out and waiting to come to life. We shall see.
I'm taking a break from narrating. I still love it, but I overwhelmed myself by accepting too many contracts at one time. They are now done, but whew! It was taxing on the voice, my family and me. Narrating is the hardest thing I've ever done by far. I've learned a lot about the business of producing audiobooks and, even though I still have my studio up and ready to roll, I'm going to be super selective with any and all projects I take on in the future. I thought I could juggle narrating and writing and l think it's still possible, but only if I stay the course and balance the two effectively. Only time will tell, but I like being both an author and narrator. Either way, I'm blessed to do what I love.
Thank you for sticking by me. The next book, one way or the other, dark or romantic, adult or YA (young adult) will be out before you know it. What are you reading? What audiobook are you listening to? Here's my current lineup:
Read by my favorite male v/o actor Sebastian York
Three, Two, One
What I'm drinking:
SERVINGS: MAKES 1
2 ½" lemon wedges
2 ½" lime wedges
1 tablespoon simple syrup
4 blackberries, plus more for garnish
4 blueberries, plus more for garnish
4 raspberries, plus more for garnish
¼ cup vodka
Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, mash lemon wedges, lime wedges, simple syrup, 4 blackberries, 4 blueberries, and 4 raspberries in a 16-oz. mixing glass or a cocktail shaker 4–5 times just to release juices and oils. Add vodka. Strain into an old-fashioned glass. Fill halfway with crushed ice, stir, then mound more crushed ice on top. Garnish with berries.
What I'm listening to:
Twenty One Pilots
(Suicide Squad was Awesome!)
Thank you for being tried and true. I wouldn't be me without you.
As always...stay tuned in and turned on!