Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Manuscript Blast Off and Mid-Week Update

Hope you all had a pleasant Memorial Day weekend.

On Monday I wrote a quick post about how I wasn't going to post on the holiday before realizing how silly that was. Who wants to get a notice in their inbox saying there isn't anything to read? I mean, really.

Peonies have replaced the lilacs on the kitchen table.
I love bringing in flowers from the yard.

My excuse could have been the holiday, but my weekend was anything but. Monday was my deadline for the fifth Sophie Mae Home Crafting Mystery, tentatively titled Wined and Died. So all weekend and through Monday, I was proofing and polishing and obsessively checking chapter numbering.

Letting go of your baby is hard.

Over the last month I've been scrambling to make this deadline. The garden looks pretty sad for the beginning of June, yesterday morning the house looked like a bomb had gone off in it, the laundry basket overflowed, and the grocery list was three columns long.

The weeds by the raised vegetable beds got out of control. But now I'm baaaack...

Five hours after I sent off the manuscript to Midnight Ink, K's college roommate from the old days arrived for a five-day stay. So between handing Sophie Mae off for editorial perusal and our friend walking in the door, we changed beds, did laundry, cleaned the house, and I made a major grocery run.

The elephant ear hostas crouch happily under the aspens and red twig dogwoods. They're flourishing in the cool spring.

Today I feel quite human again. Up early to power through email and then off for a twelve-mile bike ride and a breakfast picnic. Then back to post here and catch up with my blogging friends.

Funny -- the gardens seem to have fared well enough without much of my attention after all. I managed to get seeds and a few seedlings in the ground. As long as they get plenty of water, it doesn't matter whether I hover over them or not.

Just as much arugula as last year, even though I only planted half the seeds.
There is cilantro interplanted in the same row, which will come up as the arugula is thinned.

We've already had several salads with fresh baby greens: spinach, chard, beet greens, buttercrunch lettuce, red sails lettuce, dandelion leaf, arugula, iceberg lettuce, chives, parsley, and oregano with tiny black pansies sprinkled over it all.

The broccoli is already forming three-inch heads.
After the main floret is cut we can harvest side shoots for months.

There's still plenty to catch up on, especially since the release of Something Borrowed, Something Bleu is right around the corner: July 1st! I have some fun things planned, and will be posting my blog tour dates as well as physical signing schedule on my website soon.

I hope to see many of you soon!


  1. Congratulations on getting your manuscript done!

  2. I'm in the middle of a challenging term for university at the moment, so I know how you feel. My house is a wreck, I didn't even plant anything this year. But... there's light at the end of the tunnel. My son is coming for the summer, and he's old enough to help me a bit with things I can't manage on my own, and I have a two week vacation between semesters right after he gets here. Whew...

  3. Thanks, Pieces!

    Shel, the light at the end of the tunnel is what keeps us going, isn't it? And how great that your son will be home, and that you'll have a couple weeks to spend with him before plunging back into work again!