In work, in life, I tend to focus. The only way I can get through a tight deadline is, basically, to do nothing but write. In the morning I check my email and let my brain wake up with tea and the Internet, then it’s coffee and work, from 7 or 8 in the morning until 3 or 4 in the afternoon. Every day.
At the end of a series of days like that, my brain begins to steam gently, then smoke. I lose words: talking to my sister about the skylights recently, I ended up gesturing upward and referring to the ceiling windows. No, honestly, it’s not Alzheimer’s, since it happens every time I push at a deadline.
That means when I hit the SEND button and finally flip the manuscript cross-country to my editor, I wake up to find all those delayed parts of my life lined up and screaming in my ear. From changing the date of a teeth-cleaning to changing my plans for the spring, the page of urgent To-Dos is getting both long and worn. And yes, I’m aware that theoretically, much of that could be done between 3 and 5 when I’m finished my day’s stint, but as I say, my brain at that point makes a bowl of instant oatmeal look muscular, and chopping things for dinner is about as proactive as I can get.
I only mention this seasonal insanity to explain why, after a long silence here on Mutterings, the blog is coming to life yet again. I have four new books to talk about, even without next year’s novel, and I’ve barely mentioned them.
So please forgive the jerky nature of Mutterings. I would say that I’ll try to do better when it comes to consistency, but it seems to me I’ve said that before, and it only lasts until I dive back into the rabbit hole of a new book.
But about those four books. Three of them are out, and although it’s too early to use the “C” word, for those of you who have book lovers on your gift list, they would be fabulous. I’ll be talking about them each over the next couple of weeks.
The fourth one is a collection we’ve just got the contracts for, edited by Les Klinger and me, as we did A Study in Sherlock last year. This one will be called In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, and just look at these contributors:
John Reppion and Leah Moore
Diamond Dagger, Pulitzer Prize, New York Times #1 bestsellers–wow. Just, wow. I am so grateful to all these incredible writers for agreeing to play the Holmes game with us, and so looking forward to reading their stories. (Sara Paretsky’s is in, and superb.)
In the Company of Sherlock Holmes is scheduled for the fall of 2013.