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I grew up in Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, then lived in Denmark and traveled throughout Europe before coming back to Colorado. I have two adult sons, whom I cherish. I started my writing career as a columnist and investigative reporter and eventually became the first woman editor of two different papers. Along the way, my team and I won numerous state and several national awards, including the National Journalism Award for Public Service. In 2011, I was awarded the Keeper of the Flame Lifetime Achievement Award for Journalism. Now I write historical romance and contemporary romantic suspense.


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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Four days left to go!

There are four days of my vacation left, and seven chapters left to be written. At most I'll write four more chapters, which means I'll be struggling to finish this book, with edits, by the end of April — a full month later than my postponed deadline of end of March.


And of course I will probably decide a dozen times between now and the day I mail it to New York that the story sucks and is the worst book I've ever written. That's what I said about Surrender. I called my editor and said, "I need to apologize ahead of time. This is the worst piece of crap I've ever written."

I liked Hard Evidence and Ride the Fire, but otherwise I've hated most things I've written, and I think that's how it's going to be with Unlawful Contact.

Hopefully, these next chapters will flow quickly and in the right direction so that I don't have to lose time to massive rewrites. That's something I dread. But, hey, if you have to rewrite, do it sooner rather than later. That's one lesson I've learned.

I thought I'd share another photo of that hot model. Not sure what he's doing here, but I wish he were doing it without pants. :-D

I think the RITA finalist high has worn off and it's back to work. OK, no I'm still smiling like an idiot, even if I am only getting four hours of sleep.

And thanks again for your wonderful, supportive messages! They really help!


Ronlyn said...

You're doing GREAT!!!
You can do it! You can do it!
RAH! RAH!! (is that the correct spelling of 'rah'? I was never a cheerleader....) :)

And, HELLO Mr. Yummy Man.


I was never a cheerleader, either, Ronlyn, but I think that must be how you spell "Rah!" LOL! If you spell it "Ra," then you're talking about the Egyptian Sun God. "Ra, Ra!"

And thanks! I'm trying!!!

I hope you're feeling well these days. I saw what your DH did, and I think you're right. He IS a keeper. :-)

Pamela, nothing that you've ever writting that I have read was crap! I wish I could write crap that good!

You can do it, I have every faith you can...

Karen said...

I have every confidence that you will get it done, and your "crap" is always, always great. I wish I had 1/10 of your talent to write a good story. You're almost there!

Debbie H said...

You will do great and meet your deadline. I think we are all our worst critics. You have never written anything that was "crap", not even your grocery list. *LOL*

Daniel is showing you the sexual positon he wants to try with you! *BEG*

I am off to the Medieval Faire. I hope to see lots of hunky guys and I will see four on stage playing pipes and drums for three days!

Just remember to breathe, get some fresh air and you will be ok! We all love you and are sending good vibes your way.

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