Saturday, March 21, 2009

She's Just Too Stressed Out

My fantasy author, Sandy Lender, is planting things today. It's a way to reduce stress. She talks to the plants. Tells them how lovely and green they are. She uses a very calm and relaxed voice. She mixes their water and liquid food just right and moistens or soaks their soil according to what type of plant she's working with. It's a stress-reducing process that usually leaves her quite mellow.

I appreciate this because it usually means we'll be working on editing and Book III rewrite time well into the night.

And I approve of that.

Book II, Choices Meant for Kings, is still in a holding pattern while publishing schedules rollick through the usual hiccups and bumps. ArcheBooks Publishing is a smaller publisher, as those of you who have been following the saga know, so the process can't be rushed much. And I think that's one of the things that causes Sandy stress. She's speaking at the Naples Press Club Writers Conference April 4 and 5, and it's distressing to know that the second novel in her fantasy series won't be available to promote. But she has the first novel, Choices Meant for Gods, and the chapbook, What Choices We Made, to use for examples in her talks. Anyone who's going to be in Southwest Florida that weekend would benefit greatly from the many topics of interest at the conference and will enjoy the offerings from the vendors at the adjoining Authors and Books Festival. You can get all the registration information you need at the Naples Press Club's link to the festival.

Hope to see you there.
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