Saturday, March 15, 2014

Working on My Next Deputy Tempe Crabtree Mystery

 This will be Number 14 in this series.

I've had a harder time working on this one because of so much that's been happening in my life.

We've had a young family member come down with a serious illness, and another even younger one who had an accident during gymnastics and ended up going to the emergency room. (He's doing fine now.)

I've had a couple of jobs to do in hurry-up time, these are writing jobs that actually pay pretty good, but are fairly difficult and take a lot of time.

Even though I keep a list of characters--the new ones to the series--at times I slip and use the wrong names. The older I get the harder it is to remember these--but I've always kept a list along with physical descriptions. I don't seem to have any problem remembering the characters' personalities though. Which is good because it means I know how the characters will react to what's going on.

But what is the hardest is just setting myself down, opening up Word to the file where the manuscript is, and writing. Years ago, the only distraction I really had was email. Now there's still that along with Facebook, Twitter and my blog.

And because I have a new book out in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series, Murder in the Worst Degree, by F.M. Meredith, of course I'm doing a lot of promotion for it.

I am enjoying writing this book because I'm revisiting the Hairy Man. He's playing a big part in the story as a movie is being made on the Bear Creek Indian Reservation.

So, I guess I'll get back to it.

Marilyn aka F. M. Meredith

#13 in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree series

And #10 in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series.

2 comments:

Patricia Gligor said...

Marilyn, when I say "I don't know how you do it all," I mean it! The past year and a half has been a challenge for me in my personal/writing life. Even though my mother is doing well now, as her only caregiver, I spend my afternoons at her house and/or running errands for her. I'm not complaining because I enjoy spending time with her and I feel blessed that I'm able to do what I do. But, it does limit my writing time. I only have mornings and Sundays to devote to writing and promoting so I have to use my time wisely - or try to - in order to produce and promote one book a year. As I said, "I don't know how you do it."

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Patricia, my output is so slow now compared even to a year ago. But I too feel blessed by anything that I am able to accomplish. And spending time with family has become a priority.