Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Lost Weekend—All 31 Days in July

In early August, my critique partners and I finally met with all of us present. Donna del Oro had been traveling, researching in San Diego—really rough duty—for her next thriller. A death in her family took her out of state. My other partner, Philippa Lodge, was deeply involved in home schooling one of her children and celebrating her first sale to Musa Publishing—way to go, Phil! A relative’s passing took her abroad. Too awful that the trip was for such a sad reason.

Me? I was still somewhat numb from my mom’s death in May and the voluminous notes from my editor about my most recent submission. She pretty much hated it. So…not much writing going on when I had to have some fairly major surgery. (Good thing I bailed out on RWA National.) And I’m fine. Thanks for asking.

Anyway, when we got together again, we talked about all the crap that had happened during July. We agreed that the whole month felt like that film The Lost Weekend, only ours lasted the entire month. (I doubt Philippa is old enough to remember that movie, but she graciously agreed with her elders.)

Not much writing going on for me. I had started a story but, pantser that I am, it wasn’t going anywhere. Then—oh joy of joys!—came the announcement that Ellora’s Cave is looking for submissions for its 2014 themed series. My muse rushed home and is now merrily leading me through the maze of new creations. (I’m praying she won’t abandon me in the center, unable to find my way out!)

On a serious note: If you or a loved one is over fifty, make sure to use the stool test kit as soon as you receive it. If your HMO doesn’t send it, demand you be tested for colon cancer. Although the test can be a pain in the butt—both literally and figuratively—it could save your life.
On a very happy note: For those attending Ellora’s Cave RomantiCon in October, my 20th novel, Temptress of Time, will be available in print at the Sunday signing. The rest of my eager readers will have to wait to hold it in their hands until December 25, 2013. 

So buy yourself a late Christmas present and enjoy!

Dee Brice
Erotic Fantasies Where Nothing is Forbidden


Tina Donahue said...

Sorry about your mom, Dee.

Sounds like you're going through a rough patch. Believe me, I know where you're coming from.

However, it will get better. Hope you have a blast at RomantiCon. :)

Dee Brice said...

Will miss seeing you at RomantiCon, Tina. Thanks for your condolences. And thanks, too, for your patience in getting me reconnected to this blog.

jean hart stewart said...

Wow, Dee. Have a better month in September...

Fiona McGier said...

1st colonoscopy is supposed to be done at around 50. I've had one and since my father had colon cancer, I'm supposed to have another one soon. Bleah. But the disease is much worse than the test.

Muses need chill time, or at least dream-time when we're not actively grinding our teeth through every REM phase! Hopefully things will settle down for you now. Hang in there!