Tuesday, July 5, 2011

You Read I'll Write (At Least That's The Plan)

I'm back at work on The Shade Of The Moon. My brain is racing with ideas for new and revised material. My fingers, alas, aren't in nearly as much of a hurry. But I did get a fair amount done yesterday, and as long as I keep getting a fair amount done, I should finish the thing fair and square.

Meanwhile, although I've pretty much given up reading for the duration, I have a couple of things to recommend to you to read.

The first, and shorter by far, is an article in today's New York Times about families and all their new variants. I found this article particularly interesting because first of all, I'm a total sucker for families in any variety imaginable, and secondly because I have a friend of a friend whose family is constructed in one of the more contemporary fashions (not a variant covered in this article), and thirdly because a lot of what Blood Wounds is about is the way families exist and co-exist these days. Note what a strong and healthy ego I have, to link to Blood Wound's pushing into 2,000,000 number on Amazon. I'm simply telling myself the number will become more respectable (and less like my weight) closer to publication date.

Speaking of publication, the next link is going to take you to a whole other place, an ebook of an amazing book called ThThe Art Of The American Soldier. Because it is an actual book (unfortunately, in my opinion, available only online), it takes a while to download, but it's well worth the time and effort. Feel free to share the link with anyone you think would be interested. It's patriotism at its best.

I will now resume procrastination at its best. A game or two of Solitaire should get my fingers ready to write!


Begins With M said...

Thank you for the reads! I just got through the article and now I'm trying to make my computer download the book. We'll see what happens.

I loved the article, though. There are so many different kinds of families now and I really believe in that but I never actually thought to think about documenting it. It was very interesting.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Begins With M-

I liked the Times article also. Families were never as simple as 1950s sitcoms wanted us to believe, but there certainly are a lot more variations today.

For those of you keeping score at home, it is now 2:19 PM and I haven't started working yet.

But I'm about to!

Anonymous said...

Sitcom families always confused me growing up because my family was never like that. To me, if it was on (60's) tv, it was the right thing, and because of that, I thought my family was odd.

Anonymous Santa Fe

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Good morning Anonymous Santa Fe-

Sitcom families always confused me because the fathers would come home from work and continue to wear their ties and jackets.

My father always removed his tie and jacket and frequently other items of clothing as well!

Anonymous said...

With me, though, it was the fact that on tv, the parents always reasoned with their kids, while mine yelled and terrified me.

Anonymous Santa Fe

Wanda Vaughn said...

Solitaire helps you procrastinate? My downfall would be jigzone.com. What ever you do, if you have the slightest weakness for puzzles, do not go there!!!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hello again Anonymous Santa Fe and Hello as well to Wanda Vaughn-

My same friend taught me the wonders of FreeCell and the equal wonders of Jigzone. Now that I think about it, she's a freelance writer also. It's amazing any of us get our work done!

Walter said...

When you say number do you mean the rank on bestseller's on Amazon? Because you now are in the 1,900,000 zone. :-)

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Walter-

I anticipate it hitting the 2,000,000 zone today.

Eventually someone will order a coy and its Amazon ranking will improve (or at least I hope so!).