As incredible as it may seem, we’re in mid August already and summer is nearly at an end. For me, the past couple months have been relaxing, rewarding, but also a tad frustrating because the Parlor City Paradise manuscript is still not done. Remember when I said I was hoping it would be complete by Christmas? That didn’t happen, obviously. And since then, it seems like my work has been a series of fits and starts. I cut back on my blog posts so I could devote more time to my fiction. That was great until I somehow ended up with a serious computer virus and was totally off the grid for the better part of a month. I got that all behind me, finally, and then school let out for the summer. Two kids at home necessitated a rather drastic change to my writing routine. July flashed past in the blink of an eye. There was a family cruise, winery tours, college tours, a soccer camp, lots of yard work and I don’t even know what else. It was all good stuff but stuff that took away from my time and focus. No, I am absolutely not complaining. And here’s the good news. Despite myriad distractions, I am currently at work on the 57th chapter of Parlor City Paradise. Three more chapters ought to about put it to bed.
What happens next? I’m glad you asked. For starters, I’ll spend some time on revisions and research. The novel is set in Binghamton so I want to make sure I capture enough of the local color. I don’t expect the research or the revisions to take terribly long. Phase two will be to turn the manuscript over to a few beta readers. Some of those people have not yet been identified so please speak up if you’re interested. There’s one rule. Good or bad, you have to be honest. Reader feedback will undoubtedly lead to another round, hopefully the final round of revisions. And finally a copyeditor will make sure I’ve dotted all the i’s, crossed all the t’s, and put all the quote marks in the correct spots. That one is always a struggle for me. I know where they’re supposed to go. I just forget sometimes. A Shot at Redemption readers can attest to that. The copyediting duties will be handled differently this time around. While all that’s going on, I will of course need to come up with a cover design. I have some thoughts about that, and one of them may involve a photo contest. I hope I’ve sparked your curiosity but the details will have to wait a bit. At least I’ve given you a reason to read future blog posts.
And on that subject, I expect my posts will become more regular in the coming weeks/months. Football season will be underway soon, so I know I’ll have no shortage of material. Actually, though, this year’s football posts will have a purpose beyond entertainment and a few moments of comic relief. Incidentally, did you know the Denver Broncos instituted a fart tax during organized team activities? True story. I’ll elaborate later.
As you hopefully remember, I spent all of last season posting recipes for my 21 Sundays of Fantastic Football Foods cookbook. That cookbook remains unpublished, but I’ll be focusing on it fulltime once Parlor City Paradise is released. Just because there are only 21 Sundays to the football year, I don’t think I should limit myself to just 21 recipes, especially when things like beer bread and my classic game day chili go so well together. So, I will be posting more recipes. I recently created what I believe is the world’s best brat. I want to share that for sure, and I have some other pots simmering too. Do you have a favorite football type recipe? If so, please let me know. Maybe I’ll include it. For a nominal fee, I could even be convinced to mention your name.
As much as I love the idea of a football-themed cookbook, I’d like it to have more to offer than a collection of game day foods. Although I’ve only been blogging for a couple years, I’ve been writing weekly football updates for at least a decade. I’ve got some real gems that most people have never seen. Therefore, I’ll be posting some older excerpts throughout the season and I would truly appreciate your feedback. I’d like to know which ones work and which don’t. The real keepers may end up in the cookbook alongside tasty treats like Mexican pizza, 7 layer dip, and Buffalo wings. On that note, I think I need to go. I’m suddenly very hungry.
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