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All that behind the scenes stuff

As some of you will know, there are many different things that go into making an anthology. Right now, a big portion of my time is consumed by those things (I’ve read more short stories in the last week or so than I have in yonks!). We’re making excellent progress though: we are almost finished reading the submissions to date, we have our publishing stuff sorted out, the cover is getting made, contracts are being emailed, and hopefully later this week we will be able to start taking pre-orders for the e-book version!

It’s exciting to get closer to the book being in existence, and I know both Anna and I can’t wait to start getting those pre-orders through and getting some money down to Christchurch. It may only have been a couple of weeks, but it feels like longer.

In my own writing things are also ticking away. I should be finished two short stories by the end of the week and then start moving onto the other ones I need to write. There is a tight deadline for one, and I haven’t even started it yet which is a little bit of a worry!

I’ve also been reading a lot for my own pleasure, and the novels are a welcome break from short stories. The stories are great – but trust me, reading with an eye to publication is a bit different from reading for fun and a lot more tiring!

Tired pretty much sums up where I’m at. I feel like I am moving at snail pace. I’ve cut back on pretty much all of my extra energy-sappers (not facebooking so much, not commenting on as many blogs, not reading things I don’t need to read, not checking in on forums that I normally would). I just don’t have the time or energy – I need to conserve what I do have for the tasks that really need my attention.

So, I’ll apologise now. I have nothing riveting to say, nothing inspirational or profound. This is me, getting the work done and getting through the week, one day at a time. I love what I’m doing, but it’s the most work (on top of raising three kids etc etc) that I have done in a long time. I’m going to enjoy the lull before we jump into promotion/marketing mode 🙂

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