I got up this morning, after going to bed late again last night, at 6am, to the sound of cat claws... First thought, if they are after my stereo speakers, they are dead cats. Got up… walked into the living room (and I have a large LR), they hadn’t touched my speakers. BUT… there were collector cards all over the floor. DEAD CAT... you have a good idea which one by now. She looks innocently at me, from in front of the package she has just trashed, as if to say... look at all the nice pictures... and there is Gabriel spread all over the floor in all his glory. I said one word (very loudly) THENA. That was an hour ago and they are still scrambling to hide whenever I come into a room.
Yesterday it was Tath, and he ended up skinning his nose because he wouldn’t listen, considering that he left 2 rivet marks across my upper arm when he did it, it couldn’t have happened to a more worthy cat. ALL DAY, he had been jumping up and down onto to me, onto the computer keyboard, onto the floor, onto the dresser ... I think you get the picture. This, while Thena was trying to figure out how to open the box that contains the Gabriel collector cards. (I think she has developed a Gabriel fetish for some reason.)
Now, that said, I realize I have been busy and they are feeling neglected. I can expect the place to show that they have had free run of the house, because I have been editing... but the games have gone on too long. Growl. One cat just slinked out from behind the curtains and she is tiptoeing across the kitchen floor, I just saw her out of the corner of my eye. Tath is still under the bed. When I was reorganizing the cards, they watched, as if they were trying to decide whether they should offer to help. I told them not to even think about it. My ears are still puffing blue smoke. Looking cute isn’t helping either of them at the moment either.
To make matters worse, I noticed last night that some of the manuscript that I am reworking on ‘Merika’s Story, somehow got mixed up, and no, the pages are not numbered. Sigh. I will win on that score yet though, I am sure of it. Sorting as I make the changes on the computer. Good thing I already have them in order there… these are only additions and changes that I am doing. Hoping to be finished over the weekend so it can go into the edits pile. That will bring the writing of my prereleases up to date until next Christmas of next year.
Cora is doing the back cover for ‘Hunter’s Challenge’ this weekend, so we can finish putting together the paperback copy, and order a proof. The last tidbits of Kings of the Empire is supposed to show up this weekend, so I can do whatever changes need to be done there, and Cora can put the artwork for the back cover together. Then Cora can do the back cover for that one. That will be the last book Becca needs to format until late in September, when the cover for ‘Beyond the Myth’ will show up. The moment that happens, it will be formatted and put up for preorder, because it is due to go up, it is a Christmas release. I will quickly have Cora make up the back and that can go to print too. During all of this, everyone will be racing around doing other things. I will be writing Lost Kingdoms of the Empire and The Phoenixes Choice, yes, for all the push and drive I have put into this, I am running behind. Sigh.
Well, it is suspiciously quiet in the house at the moment, I better go check on what the bratz are up to. Until next week, take care, stay out of trouble... unless I am there to help.