Collision Course has now sat idle for a couple of weeks and I've been focusing on all sorts of non-writing related activities. The urge to dive into the editing is growing which means I will be starting that process next weekend. I actually wanted to begin editing this weekend but the weather made it impossible. Last Thursday, our 18 inches of snow was nearly gone. The temperature was hovering around 50 and it was raining making a big mess of things. But that was about to change--quickly!
I took Friday off expecting bad weather. The day started off around 50 with rain and then the temperature began to drop. By noon, we saw our first sleet. By one o'clock, things were starting to be coated with a thin layer of ice. Luckily, the temperature continued to drop and by 3:00 it was snowing. My wife and I made an early trip out and then stayed inside. Instead of editing, I took care of cleaning up a lot of computer-related things I'd been putting off.
Saturday morning, I woke up to find the back door frozen shut (the handle won't even turn) and a drift blocking the front door. It took some effort to get it open. As soon as it was light enough outside, I began the process of clearing the driveway. The snow I was dealing with was the consistency of lightly packed sugar sitting on top of a layer of harder packed sugar on top of a coating of rough ice. The drifts were enough to cause my blower to chug forcing me to take smaller bites. I did my driveway as well as two of my neighbors. It was 12 degrees outside so I came in for a break. Later that day, after the sun had come out, I deiced the cars and thawed out the back door. No writing or editing got done as I spent more time outside than in.
Now, it's Sunday and I'm debating if I should start editing or wait until next weekend. I do have a considerable amount of Java reading I need to do and my website still needs to be finished. I won't be making up my mind until after I finish this post.
My wife and I Skyped with our friends in Minnesota. Heather (my best friend's wife) is my cover artist and she's been reading the first draft so she can come up with an appropriate cover. She told me she loved the book so far and was laughing her ass off in certain places. I was so glad to hear this as this particular book was a difficult to write and I wanted to try to give it a bit of humor as well as structure it to keep the reader wanting more. Based on her feedback, I succeeded.
In other news, I will be returning to Launch Pad again this year. I originally attended Launch Pad in 2012 and I've been going back ever since. It is an experience you will never forget. If you are an author, editor, illustrator, script-writer, movie producer, or anyone who creates material for the public, you should seriously consider applying for Launch Pad. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please pass this on to them. The only out of pocket expense is your round-trip ticket to Denver and Launch Pad might be able to help cover this cost. This year's workshop runs from May 28th to June 3rd. I've already booked my flight.
I will also be attending the Cleveland Concoction science fiction convention from March 9th to March 11th. I will be on several panels and my books will be available for sale in the convention's bookstore.