January 2, 2018

Welcome back. Remember me writing that I was going to blog/journal once per week so that folks who were interested could share my journey toward being a New York Times best-selling author/publisher. Well, guess what? My last journal was all but one month ago. (For any of you who are out there who are or were practicing Catholics, didn’t that sound kind of like the opening lines of your visit to the confession booth – “Bless me Father for I have sinned. My last confession was . . .”)

Anyway, I guess this is sort of a confession. But listen, it was the holidays, right! Right. Over the past month my children here in Lexington shared our Italian Christmas Eve (homemade sauce, homemade meatballs, homemade lasagna, homemade bread – yuuum!) with Denise and I one week early. Then she and I took off for Dallas to spend the actual Christmas week with our daughter and her family. Fifteen hours of driving through pouring rain on the way down, but absolute smooth sailing on the way back -only 13 hours!

Okay, so here I am back at work in the New Year. Actually, I really have gotten quite a bit done, blogging being an exception. I have been reading the almost final, final, final version of book one, The Bluegrass Files: Down the Rabbit Hole one last time. This time, Out Loud!! That’s right. I am only 50 pages short of having read a 97,000-word MS (remember? – manuscript) out loud. Why would a person do that to themselves? Well, it turns out that no matter how many times you read and re-read the MS it sounds different in your mind than when it is in your mouth. He anxiously sat waiting. Or is it, He sat anxiously waiting? Or, as a matter of fact, what about, He sat waiting, anxiously? Different strokes for different folks, but when you read it out loud you get a whole new perspective.

Well, enough for today. I’m going to try to make up for being such a laggard (a person or thing that lags; lingerer; loiterer – just me showing off my “writer” chops. As you can tell from the “official” definition, I had to look it up myself!). I hope to write another blog in the next day or two, one which will talk about choices I’m making for the book cover of the first book.

Thanks for joining me. Talk to you soon

fj

 

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