I've read a lot of blog posts lately that talk about our self-doubt as writers. Fear of failure is a common reason writers don't finish their manuscripts or don't submit their revised manuscripts to agents or editors. Is there something about starting a new year and the goal-setting process that scares us? Here's a post by Alexandra Levit on zenhabits that describes 5 Great Ways to Conquer Self-Doubt.
Today I received my copies of the mass market paperback version of The Prairie Grass Murders which will be released in February at the online eHarlequin bookstore. I'll scan my beautiful pink and black cover art and post it here sometime this week.
The American Idol season premiere is tonight (Tuesday). I love this show. And Sunday night is the season premiere of 24, another favorite. Can't help it. I'm a prime time TV junkie.
I made good progress over the weekend with almost 4,000 words added to the manuscript. I thought I was closer to the end than I am. It's my main character's fault. She was supposed to end up in handcuffs this week, but she's on the road again. Since I don't know where the heck she's going, I can't predict if I'll finish the manuscript this week or whether it will take a little longer. Even so, we're on the final stretch. I'm feeling good.
My Reading List and Future Book Giveaways
I'm making a bit of headway in reading and getting rid of books I've accumulated. I now have a lovely stack to pack up and take to one of the local independent bookstores that will give credit for quality used books. I'm keeping a couple of the signed books, ones I highly recommend, for a book giveaway in a week or two. Stay tuned.