February 9, 2022 - Time to Breathe

Wednesday, February 09, 2022

I think I need to take a few deep breaths. You may have noticed (or not) that I haven’t posted in a while. That’s because I took a combination vacation and research trip last week without my computer and with almost no internet service and now I’m trying to catch up on everything. I’d tell you more about that, but I’m planning to do a complete write-up for my newsletter next week. If you don’t already subscribe, I’d recommend going to my website (https://www.elisemstone.com/) to sign up for it now.

Believe it or not, I had a few other things that became a priority when I got home. For instance, the Tucson Festival of Books takes place on March 12th and 13th, and I had to check my paperback inventory and order books from Amazon if I wanted them to arrive in time. And, yes, it takes that long to get author copies. Those don’t get the priority that a customer ordering a single book does.

There was an online class I’d signed up for that started last week. Remember that no internet? So my first day home I had to watch all the videos and do the assignments in one day in order to hand them in on time.

There were bills due. And it’s tax time, so I have to start that soon. The cupboard was bare (on purpose so things wouldn’t spoil while I was away), which made a trip to the grocery store mandatory. And I had to pick up Spenser and Agatha from where they had spent the week. Of course, they insisted on some lap time to make up for being abandoned.

Also high on my priority list are revisions to Homicide on the Range. I really tried to do some of this on my iPad last week, but I’m too used to working off a printed copy and making notes in red pen. Which meant actually printing out the manuscript, a task I’d been dreading because the drum in my laser printer needed replacement, a task that terrifies me because I do it so infrequently, it’s always a new challenge. As it turned out, after procrastinating all afternoon and evening yesterday, it went very smoothly this morning, so I now have a stack of pages to work on this afternoon.

There’s more, but I don’t want to bore you any more than I already have. Besides, I should have lunch, exercise, and get back to work.

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