Just a brief check-in today to share a couple of things:
1. The third mystery is officially finished. Okay, it's the first draft, but it's written, like, all the way to THE END. The angels sang and the heavens wept tears of joy. I should just know, after three mysteries, that the last 20,000 words are a bitch. There's no nicer way to word it, kids. They usually manage to stretch themselves out to 30,000 at least. I feared I was coming in a little short on this story, at about 68,000 words. Final total was over 76,000.
But I like it. I really like the way it ended. Uber cool, and I say this as a person who really hates every ending in every book she's ever read or written. I'm now sitting back and wondering about the pacing, but I'm not going to open the file again for at least three weeks. It has to age a little, without getting rotten.
By the by, I still don't have a good title for it. Let's work on that, shall we?
Finishing that one means I get to start on my Snoopy memoir, which I'm super excited about. I did write about 10,000 words on that one, but I think I want to go in a different direction. For a writer, that doesn't necessarily mean I'll throw everything away. I'll probably just rearrange it.
2. I finally settled on the logo for my very own self-publishing company. I really didn't plan on being such an independent girl. I searched for an agent/publisher and got lots of nice feedback. No "you need to go back to Grammar School, Missy" letters. I just never got a contract. So, oops, let's put it on Amazon and see what happens.
Now I've surrendered. My books will be published under Dancing Corgi Press. Here's my logo:
Joe Felipe designed it. Love it. Soon you'll be able to look for the union label, so to speak.
That's all the news that's fit to print these days. What's happening in your world?