Monday, January 5, 2015

Striking While the Iron is Hot

For the next 30 days or so - I'm going to try and concentrate on finishing up my second book as for some reason--there's  a publisher and an editor with some sort of schedule :-)  Since the Book of Barkley ended up front page at Kirkus Reviews as a "featured book"  with a glowing review the same day San Francisco Book Review gave it five stars, the publisher wants me to "strike while the iron is hot" and are hoping for an early summer release.

 But this book is longer and is more difficult for me to write, for it's a story of a journey out of foster care for my brother and I-- and later in life, another adoption--my daughter, who I had as teen, and gave up, only to meet when she turned 18.   There's lots of fun in there as we discuss who we adopt later in life as friends--who we bring into our lives and why, both two and four legged--and how all of us, in the end--connect.

But it's been a writing that's been much harder to put to paper than I expected, even if it is a story I wished to be told.  I think--after this one is done, I'm just going to go back to blogging and writing short stories for magazines as I have done in the past.  I like not having to promote a book every time I say hello, I like not having a schedule.  I like being mostly a hermit, but for this blog and a small and tightknit group of friends, which is hard when you are trying to promote the book you wrote. But these were  two stories I felt compelled to tell and the money TBOB generated to be given to  the dog rescue groups has been wonderful.

So in the interim 4-6 weeks while I do that-- there will be some saved posts I've already written, some food posts, some reposts of the past that were my favorite and just a few short "hi there's" .  I will stop by daily to read comments but you might not see me as often at your place or as many comments back.

But between flying back and forth out West to check on my Dad every few weeks, marketing TBOB, a demanding, often quite stressful, job, and a 8 hour weekly commute to work and two houses to clean and make sandwiches for -- I'm just NOT going to get it written on schedule if I just don't hunker down to do it after work in the evenings or early mornings.  That leaves little time to write anything of great depth-blog wise, on a daily basis.  You just can't get away long term with "beer. . . donut"  even with bacon, which is about all that is in me outside of the book effort.

I hope you will stop by daily while I do this - there will be something up each day-- even if it's only
1.  An old post that I just loved (your mileage may vary)
2.  A new recipe
3.  pictures of dog hair
4   A review of an old gun
5.   Scotch Night
6.   Or some favorite photos or shots from a range visit.

Oh - and to make up for it--there is a scavenger hunt.  If you look at Book of Barkley marketing in other parts of the world - there is a picture of me--full face, taken on my 52nd birthday.

Love - Brigid