I am afraid I am more Southern than I would have ever imagined. I was working on my latest book tonight and one of my characters was in someone’s house who had passed out from drinking. He was going to order this person a pizza or something to eat when they woke up. So, he decided to look for a phone book or on the fridge for one of those magnets that some pizza places give out so you always have their number handy. I actually typed the word frigerator into the document and was puzzled when the automatic spell check put a red line under the word. I could not figure out how I had spelled frigerator wrong. I tried adding a “d” and taking away an “e” and finally I got out my dictionary. I sat there in shock and awe when I did not find a listing for frigerator.
Somebody call Jeff Foxworthy. You might be a redneck if… you think frigerator is an actual word… Who would have thunk it?
**Disclaimer** I have been sick and taking prescription strength cough medication. I think that alleviates me from all humiliation and persecution, right?
As we start a new year I am excited to be 15,000 words into writing the sequel to Birdsongs. The plot is coming along nicely and I have a very good feeling about what is happening with the story. It is like I never left the characters and they welcomed me home with open arms. I am glad I took a couple months off this year as I was in limbo as what to work on after finishing Camp Timber View. I feel I made the right choice as I will finish The Painter one day in my not too distant future.
Baptized by Jim, the sequel to Birdsongs will not be ready this year, but I did just receive The Big Stinky City manuscript from my editor and look forward to publishing it in the late spring or early summer. I have not yet opened the envelope she shipped it in as I know as soon as I do I will be obsessed with making the corrections and taking the next steps in the life of the book. I’ve always heard that once a book is finished, a writer should put it away for a while and let it rest for a month or so. After being so close to something for so long it is good to have the ability to look at it with fresh eyes.
I would like to promise that I will try to be more active on the blog, but I don’t want to start off the year with a lie. I can promise that I am going to be a better writer than I was last year and not quite as good as I am going to be in 2013.