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I've been writing since I could first hold a pencil, and by all accounts I didn't limit myself to paper. Walls, tablecloths and the occasional sibling were all fair game, and it shouldn't be surprising to learn that markers were banned in my home with all due haste. Although I now content myself with inconveniencing electrons, the desire to bring the stories in my mind to life hasn't waned. In my spare time, I read, putter in the kitchen, and relax on my terrace or at the lake, weather permitting, with my corgi who strives to be part muse, part food disposal. I'm also addicted to coffee and have a close relationship with my Keurig.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

My reading challenge...

I've been challenged! My goal is to read at least 150 books before next January 15, because the very lovely Joanna Talbot knows that good readers make better writers. I'm off to a good start, too! I've loaded up my Kindle, and I'm raring to read.

Now mind you, I'll be sneaking in my reading in between proofreading for my own upcoming release, and I have a confession to make. It's an absolute treat to read someone else's work right now. The more I read my own work, the more I cringe and want to tweak things. It's a monumental effort not to change things. Big things. Huge, sweeping changes, and lots of them.

But this late in the game, that would be a disaster. My amazing editor, Nicole, has pored over my mess, and poked at all the sloppy grammar, chronology slips and logic fails. The proofreaders have outdone themselves, and found typos and missing words that my brain helpfully fixed for me when I was reading. There's no way I'm going to ruin all that hard work, not now. Now it's time to hike up the big author shimapan and stop tweaking.

And this is why this challenge is coming at such a good time. I have an excuse to send back the proof without trying to tweak one more time. I can get lost in someone else's words again, and I can't wait.

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