Going in Several Directions at Once

This seems to be the way I operate all the time.

I've finished with my big job of putting together the Public Safety Writers Association's conference program. I will still be around to "back-up" my replacement, Mike Black. (Nothing like having an 80 year old woman as your back-up--will certainly be different for Mike.)

I'm nearly finished with a paid job--it is writing, but of a different kind--putting together a program design for a new residential facility. And there is another looming in the near future.

I spent quite a bit of time updating a book I got the rights back to when the publisher closed her doors. And was surprised at how many mistakes were in it--even wrong names. Amazing since I won a prize with that book. When it comes out again, it will have a new name.

We're had lots of company and celebrations. My granddaughter and her family are back in California and visiting every weekend. Love seeing and playing with our great-granddaughter. And a great-grandson turned 2 and we went to his birthday party in a loud pizza place with lots of games and other celebrations. Their grandpa, our son, lives right next door, so we get to see these kids a lot.

I've finished my next Rocky Bluff P.D. crime novel which has the title Murder in the Worst Degree. I still need to read more chapters to my critique group who always have great ideas and find mistake. I consider them my first editor. Then I'll send it off to be edited once again before it goes to the publisher. Readers who follow Officer Gordon Butler will like this one.  If you'd like to know more about Gordon Butler read Fringe Benefits, Angel Lost, No Bells, and Dangerous Impulses. He's in other books too, but has starring roles in this one. (Remember, I write these as F. M. Meredith.)

As for my Deputy Tempe Crabtree series, I'm awaiting the edits for Spirit Shapes. And in the meantime I'm planning a blog tour for the book. This takes a lot of time too, contacting people who might like to host me and figuring out the dates--and of course, writing the posts.

It doesn't end there--I also plan in-person promotion because I love meeting readers. My next one will be at the Nipomo Library the first Saturday in August from 9 to 2. I'll be on the porch with my books.

Guess what? I also need to start planning the next book in the Tempe Crabtree series. I have a few ideas floating around in my head--but nothing concrete as yet.

One thing I can say, "I am never bored."

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith


Evelyn Cullet said…
How do you come up with the titles of your novels, Marilyn? They're so imaginative. I really like the title, Murder in the Worst Degree. I wish I'd have thought of it first. BTW, Dangerous Impulses is next on my TBR list.
Murder in the Worst Degree was given to me by a reader. It actually gave me the idea for the book. Dangerous Impulses came from my critique group because I was having trouble coming up with a title. For my Tempe books, the title often comes from a line or a couple of words in an Indian legend or saying. Spirit Shapes did.

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