8/11/2005

Excuses Satisfy Only Those Who Make Them...and other vagaries of catching up

Okay, so I haven't been writing. And yes, I know, excuses only satisfy those who make them...but I'll just tell you anyway...I was on my way to write you, when I moved. And yes, it was only 4 houses down from the old house, but all my STUFF came with me, even the kids and the dogs!

These things take time! And then there was the urge to nest.
Heaven help us, I am after all, human and a woman. We nest when we move. We like things in their new places and everything cozy and well...I was getting settled.

And then everything in the new house broke...including the potty! And something's dripping under the house and there's mold (don't worry too much, it's white.) And everybody's got an opinion about what to do...and they want you to pay them before they tell you how to fix it...But they're not going to come and fix it TODAY..no, you have to get on the schedule for that! (Of course the schedule varies between When Hell Freezes Over and The Twelveth of Never.)

And then I remembered the next book is due in like 2 weeks or a month (I'm not going to look at the contract and find out I only have two weeks! I'm just trying to recall without having to unpack the entire house to find the piece of paper...I'm writing like it's due in two weeks. And I'm just a little over halfway through...Can you say...PANIC?)

Sigh.

Then I turned 5-0, 50.

Surprisingly, this does not bother me.

But there were celebrations and coconut cake and key lime pie to eat...so I didn't write here.

Not enough of the excusing yet?

Okay, the nursing home folks have been busy. Cookie lost a pair of her white shoes, and even though I told her she was wearing them, she couldn't quite get the concept...so I had to convince her that I was on the case and was sure they'd turn up when she went to bed...because then they'll be back in the closet.

Dorothy didn't like her roommate because of her skin color...so we had a little chat about the true meaning of Christianity (Hey, I was a minister's daughter...Sure, I cut Sunday school as often as possible and had to have a tutor for communion, but I can talk the talk when I need to! And hating someone for their skin color is just plain wrong!) So, that took up a little time.

And then Mary got confused because she thought the pimento cheese sandwhich the aide brought her was a shit sandwhich and this made her come out into the hallway and threaten to fart on someone's face if they didn't do something about it...And I was the someone elected to either fix the situation or face Mary's personal Firing Squad...

So, it's been a little hectic around here.

Did I mention the children? Yep, I need to spend time with them before they leave for college.

And in answer to the question...Will there be another Sierra book? I wish I could say yes, but I don't know. Maybe it'll help if I post the first chapter of the next book when and if someone wants to publish it!

So....that's where I've been and I promise to do better about this blogging stuff.

In the meantime, or in addition to reading my stuff...go check out Jennifer Crusie's website and blog....She's my personal idol as an author and writing coach. And, I hear she's a pretty good kid to boot.

2 comments:

Sylvia Nickels said...

Hi Nancy,

You're probably all settled into your new home by now. It looks lovely. I hope everything that's broken is fixed by now, too! :-)
Book finished and off to publisher? Ouch, you're not supposed to throw things at fans!
I'm looking forward to seeing you again at the Cape Fear Crime Festival in October.
Cheers,
Sylvia
dixiewrtr63@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Will you PLEASE put down that paint brush and lock yourself in a room and write? I've got to read more of your stuff!!!!