Together again!

In just a few short days, Maren and I will be reunited (only to be split up again just days before the book is due out, but still!) after many months of long distance writing, editing, and promotion for the book. I’m so excited to have her here, because waiting for a book to be a released is a little like waiting for a baby to arrive (I’ve had two – babies, not books – that arrived late, and thus plenty of practice waiting…). It’s more fun to have someone as invested as you are to share the jittery anticipation and provide ample distraction!

Of course, it won’t be all fun and games (although we do plan on playing a lot of word games). We have two short stories that need to be coerced into some semblance of structure, which is the best part, especially when we can go get delicious coffee and scones to power our creative engines. We also need to reach out to more local bookstores to make sure they have Death at Fair Havens for release day, which is less fun, but we’ll inevitably buy a bunch of books, so it’s not all bad! Lastly, we desperately need new author photos, both together and separately. This will inevitably take far more time than we plan for, and since neither of us is very good at posing, we will need to use cookies to bribe some pint-sized entertainers to make us laugh.

Also, I did promise her we would be spending quite a bit of time with our neighbors’ new puppy, which will absolutely be a highlight…until she gets home and her beagle sniffs out this violation of dog code (thou shall not pet other dogs, nor smile at them, nor give them treats). And we’re going to see CODA finally – it has been so hard to wait until we’re together for this one, but I know it will be worth it – we might even go to to a movie theatre! I haven’t done that since February 2020.

Two more days, and then we can lay aside our other work for a while. Anyone else looking forward to such a luxury?

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