Wednesday, January 13, 2010

New Year, New Wednesday

Wow, sitting down to write this blog entry I have a bit of that first day back to school feeling. It's a mixture of uncertainty, excitement, and nervousness. Overall I'm happy to be back, and I have missed all my blogging friends and can't wait to hear what you have all been up to - at the same time though, it was really nice to have a break.

And I took a big break. Except for that one blog entry in December (which was really just an excuse to post pics of my children and then enjoy all the "oh, they're so cute" comments) I have been away from the blogopherse for over two months. So, now I need to get back into work mode and also find out what everyone else has been up to while I've been away.

And what have I been up to?

Well, I did finish those pesky revisions on my Urban Fantasy. I went right to the wire on that one, finishing it up a few days before I was scheduled to go into the hospital for my c-section.

More excitingly though, I have started on a new work in progress that is still in the "getting to know you" (bonus points if you read those words and immediately started singing the song from The King and I) phase. It is another Urban Fantasy, but this time it is also Young Adult. I am very very excited about this right now and am sure will be talking about it a lot more as it comes along.

I've also done mucho mucho mucho reading. And it's been wonderful. I have read so many books that I honestly can't remember all of them. The biggest highlight though was my discovery of Georgette Heyer. Her English Regency romance novels were published in the 1930's, so you would think that having been written nearly half a century ago - and the novels themselves taking place taking place another hundred years before then - that they would seem hopelessly dated. Except they don't.

I think her novels stay current because the relationships between the characters ring as true and touching and funny as they were when she first wrote them. So far I've read every one of her novels that they have at my local library - and I've even bought one. Yes, spending money on a book - not even second hand - that' s when you know I am serious. And I have plans to buy more.

I could go on and on about how funny these novels are - reading more like a comedy of manners at times - but if you are looking for something fun to read I urge you to check them out yourselves. My favorites so far have been Frederica, Devil's Cub, and The Grand Sophy.

And my last bit of news is the most exciting of all: I bought a new desk chair! Okay, so this news is more exciting for my butt than for anyone out there reading this, but I just had to share because A. the old chair was a broken-down hand-me-down that was excruciatingly uncomfortable to sit in, while the new chair is a really comfortable and cute little faux brown leather one and B. the money to buy the new chair came from selling another story to Woman's World magazine! And it's really cool to sit in my writing chair and know that the money to buy it came from my own writing.

Whooo. Okay, that wasn't so bad. Now I need to catch up with all of you - and all of your blogs... although that might be a bit more time consuming, but I am still looking forward to it! In the meantime, I'd love to hear the short version of what everyone is up to in the comments!

9 comments:

  1. I'm so happy to see you around and to hear you are doing well. I've been taking a bit of a break as well, and have been dark over on my blog, too. Tomorrow, though, will be my first post in a month on The Literary Lab. You're right. It does feel back-to-schoolish!

    I got a new desk chair last year, and it was the best money I ever spent. It's even got memory foam in it. I love that chair. It's the next best thing to my mattress. :D

    Good luck with your new book! Such a wonderful phase. :)

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  2. Welcome back!
    I've heard so much about Heyer but never read her. Yet. She's definitely on my to-check-out list.
    Congrats on the WW sale. I have two rejections from them, both form. LOL Not sure I'll try again, but I'll be looking for your stories. Make sure to say when they're coming out, okay? :-)

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  3. Yea!! So glad you're back! Now I'm gong to have "Getting to Know You" in my head for the rest of the day. Haha! (I sang it in my junior recital back in college...Walking down memory lane.)

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  4. It's good to have you back on the blogosphere, Kate. Congrats on the new chair, your butt deserves it. ;-) have a great week. ~Bethanne

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  5. Welcome back. We missed you. (and happy to "ooh and "ahh" over your cuties any time :)

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  6. Congrats on the sale to WW! You are an amazing writer! I'm glad you're comfortable in your chair now. That's always important.

    :)

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  7. Hey welcome back! I've missed your blog!

    It's great that you are able to find time to work on new material with the little ones and such.

    Aren't new desk chairs great? I got one too for Christmas.

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  8. Oh, awesome! I can't wait to see your new wip!
    Boy, I could use a new desk chair, too, but since I got a laptop and move around more, it's fallen way down on my "to do" list. :)

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