Tuesday, July 30, 2013

How I stay sane while waiting...

My dogs, Hamlet (on left) and Whitman (on right).

I love doing research.  It's probably the geek in me (I blame my mom who introduced me to Star Trek at a very young age), but one of the parts of writing that I really enjoy is learning new things.  While working on my previous novel, I went through the training to become a Master Gardener.  I already loved gardening, but I wanted to take it a step further.  (Did I mention I'm a tad bit obsessive?) The great thing about it is that I can spend time learning about things I'm interested in and call it Work! 

Since my first book is out of my hands right now, I'm diving into the research for my second book.  Let me tell you It. Is. Fascinating!  Since I'm at the beginning (and things could easily change) I'm not going to talk about it right now, but the pictures in this post are a clue.

Another benefit of research is that it prevents me from checking my email every twenty seconds for news on the first novel.  Publishing is like adoption.  There are periods of intense activity followed by long waits.  Researching the second book allows me to pretend I'm Zen about the whole thing.  (Not that it's real.  The kids are once again calling me Wacky Mommy.)  It also forces me to look at writing as a long-term career, instead of a one-shot deal.  Researching the second novel means at some point, I will have to write the second novel.  Which is a very hopeful thing. 

It also helps me remember why I started writing in the first place.  Because I love stories.  Dreaming up a new story line and falling in love with new characters is refreshing after months and months of revision. 

So in between clicking refresh on my email every twenty seconds--because you know, my agent could be emailing right now--I'm also acquiring a great deal of knowledge about some Very Interesting Things.  Which I will share with you at some point.  Just not now. (How's that for a tease?)

Saturday, July 27, 2013

More Good News!

This post was written with help from Grace who insisted on sitting in my lap while I was working.
Hi everyone.  Long time no blog. I know, I know. It's bad. But I have some very good reasons for deserting you. As you know from my last post, we are adopting again. If you know anything about adoption, you know it involves mounds of paperwork which takes hours and hours to wade through.  Seriously, it makes being audited by the IRS look easy. Between the adoption paperwork, teaching, and finishing revisions for The Book, I've been swamped. Something had to go, and the blog drew the short straw.

But this week, the stars aligned and the Knipper house was full of Good News.  First off, I'm finally finished with the looong revision process!  The best part is that the book is much better for it. I am so lucky to have a wonderful agent and editor who pushed me to do my best work.  So The Book is out of my hands for now.  That means more waiting, but that's okay.  I've started working seriously on Book Two, and I'm having great fun with it. 

The second piece of Good News is that we finally finished the U.S.  portion of our adoption paperwork.  As I type, our dossier is winging it's way to China!  What does this mean?  If you guessed more waiting, you're right!  (Sensing pattern here?)  This is a very rough guess, but I think we'll be in China in November or December.  

While we wait, I'm trying to get the house ready. The little boy we're adopting is in a wheelchair so we need to switch some things around.  Luckily, we have a bedroom on the ground floor, but we need wheelchair ramps, bathtub rails, etc.  I'm heavily researching how to make a home wheelchair accessible.  This will be a learning experience, but if Grace has taught us anything, it's that we'll get through it. 

As you can see, waiting is the name of the game at the Knipper household.  Which means I'll be spending more time here in the blogosphere!