I'll start with the updates.
My mother's in the hospital. I haven't gotten over to see her yet, but my understanding is from my brother (who came over yesterday to see what was going on, and got stuck with the emergency room duty)that she has pneumonia, which seems to have been caught nice and early. We practically had to convince the paramedics to take her to the hospital in the first place, and the general feeling seems to be that my mother is strong and healthy and will make a complete recovery.
I can't say the past few days have been harrowing, but they have been difficult. And now that my brother has spent hours and hours and hours in the emergency room, I can't even play Martyr Martyr I'm The Biggest Martyr with him, which is kind of a shame, since that's practically my favorite game in the world.
Today is (I think) the last day the book trailer will be playing in the movie theaters, so it will go unseen by me (Yonkers never did move closer to me). I'll restate a request I made in a comment. If anyone here knows how to burn a DVD from the book trailer, either on youtube or AOL or Amazon or anyplace else for that matter, could you let me know how? I figure if I watch the book trailer on my gigantic TV set, it'll be almost as exciting as seeing it in a movie theater (I'll even make popcorn).
I heard from my editor yesterday morning about the rewrites on Blood Wounds.She had a handful of small questions and one really good catch. Somewhere in her email, the word "wonderful" was used. I forget in what context, but I don't think it was in reference to the weather. She said the manuscript would come back from copy editing in about a month, so I have a month not to think about it.
I also heard from Harcourt Houghton Mifflin that the paperback of This World We Live In is scheduled for publication in Spring 2011. I find this somewhat interesting, since the paperbacks for both Life As We Knew It and The Dead And The Gone were 18 months after hardcover publication, and TWWLI will be one year after instead. I have no problem with this.
I asked my editor if there was an official pub date for Blood Wounds, but she hasn't gotten back to me about that. The last I heard it was set for Fall 2011 and it probably still is. When I know for sure, I'll let you know.
Okay. I'd better eat an early lunch so I can get my hair cut and pop in on my mother.
Life is nothing if not complex!