REVISION TIME (once more)

I heard back from my editor, Brenda, about LACHLAN, which means I’ll be starting revisions this week. Nothing too terrible, nothing I haven’t done before, and Brenda’s suggestions always make the story better, so I’m happy to do them. I actually don’t mind revisions that much. The only time I really hated them was when my first editor and I had a miscommunication which ended with me needing to cut 20K words from RAJMUND. I eventually posted most of those cut words on my website, so my readers got the scenes anyway, but I still think they belonged in the book. Of course, writers are very protective when it comes to their words. 😉

By the way, I don’t have LACHLAN’s cover yet, so the above picture is from my recent trip to Scotland. It’s Eilean Donan, which is the official castle of Clan MacRae in modern Scotland. When you read LACHLAN, you’ll notice that I’ve altered the spelling of Lachlan’s clan name and the location of the the clan castle, though Lachlan mentions both. That was intentional to avoid conflicts, legal or otherwise. I’m sure I’ll still get questions about it, though. lol

I finished my review of the CHRISTIAN audio and as always Nick J. Russo did a great job. I need to clean up my notes, so other people can read them, too (heh heh) but they’ll go to my publisher later today. There weren’t too many, so I’ll keep an eye on Audible and let you know when it’s available.

I added this reader event to my 2019 schedule. For one thing, it’s in Riverside, CA, which is my backyard … geographically speaking. A 2-3 hour drive from my house, depending on traffic. And for another, they have a fresh and interesting take on workshops. I’m intrigued, and I hope to see some of you there! It’s September 4-8, 2019, and here’s the link to the event site with all the info:

I gave my brain a rest break this weekend and watched Dreamcatcher, which is based on the Stephen King book. It’s a 2003 movie, but I just read about it somewhere and was curious, not least because of the talent involved. Lawrence Kasdan directed, and Morgan Freeman, Timothy Olyphant, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, and Damian Lewis star. It’s a weird combination of Stand by Me and Alien. In fact, the military (there have to be military, right?) even call the “alien” component “the Ripley” in a direct reference to the movie. Sounds odd, but it was pretty good. Not great, but good. The perfect thing to rest a tired writer’s brain, and the eye candy was nice.

Yesterday, January 27, was Holocaust Remembrance Day. In this era of growing intolerance around the world, it’s important to remember the price. We can never forget the millions who were murdered in the name of bigotry and hatred. It’s up to us to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

And now it’s back to work. It’s nearly February already! Next week, I’ll announce my annual Valentine’s Day contest, with a prize that’s always a reader favorite.

Have a wonderful week!