Under any circumstance, March is my least favorite month of the year, but this March is just ridiculous. It's like the calendar got stuck somewhere in January. There's snow, followed by the beloved January thaw, followed by more snow, with a little sleet thrown in for good measure.
The beloved January thaw is a little less lovable in March. As are the snow and the sleet.
As you undoubtedly recall, since you remember every single word I write and if not why not, I reported before the January thaw that Amazon had The Shade Of The Moon available for pre-order, with a publication date of September 3. On the off chance you've forgotten the exact wording, here's my entry with the exact wording.
Yesterday, I got an email from my publisher asking if I would like to participate in the Decatur Book Festival. You betcha, replies I, delighted at the opportunity.
But there's a little oddity in the email invitation. My publisher mentions that The Shade Of The Moon is coming out in August.
The last I'd heard, August and September were two different months. Of course I used to believe the same of January and March. So I did what all up to date writers do. I zipped on over to Amazon and Barnes and Noble to see when my book is scheduled to come out. And while there isn't much they agree about, they both felt strongly that The Shade Of The Moon has an August 13 publication date. See? See see?
I have no idea why my publisher has moved the publication date up by three weeks. Maybe it's because they're so darn excited about the book, they can't wait to have their very own copies. Or maybe they're so darn concerned about the book, they want to get it out there in August when no one is around to notice. Or maybe they did it simply to confuse me.
Whatever their reasoning, it's a good thing I never got around to putting a countdown clock over on the right side of the blog. Although now that I've learned three weeks can vanish in the blink of an email, maybe I'll do it now.
It might help April get here a little sooner!