The baby is settling in and thriving. I think his parents are still a bit shocky, considering how drastically their lives have changed, but they'll figure it out. They're both showing signs of being excellent parents.
The aftermath of losing one of our own is a different kind of imbalance, but it too will gradually morph into something we'll then consider normal.
And in amongst all that, the rest of everything continues and we do our hamster on a wheel impersonations, trying to keep all the balls up in the air. Sorry about the mixed metaphors but the jumble of them gives a pretty good indication of how smoothly life has run lately. Small things, like pies ordered through a fund raiser a few weeks ago have arrived and need to be collected. The real estate completed the initial paperwork to begin the process of selling a house. Plumbers have needed to be called for mysterious leaks. I've had to learn how to use a vacuum cleaner again after more than ten years of getting cleaners in. I signed a contract for a new book.
Wait! Yes! Another book sold. This is a good thing. This is one of the things I get happy about and need to celebrate. In amongst everything else, I've had to remind myself of that.
I signed the contract with Dreamspinner Press on Monday. By Wednesday, the story had already entered pre-production with production due to begin in early August for a December/January release.
The Planet Whisperer is about the process and ethics of terraforming planets so the human race can expand. It's a love story too (of course) and one of the more challenging books I've written. It's a story I've wanted to see published since I began it.
The early stages of The Planet Whisperer were shaky. I had a couple of characters, a situation and a hell of a lot of blowjobs to write. Then I floundered. This story was my major project during November's NaNoWriMo for two years and I made myself plot it out properly because I kept getting lost in the sub-plots. I think it's been worth it. I love Jonah to bits and think Marcus is adorable. His mother, evil though she is, is a favourite character. I even managed a surprise character who changed dramatically at the end and will probably have a cameo role in another story somewhere down the line.
So that's this week. Next week I'll be visiting Cup o' Porn (on Thursday) talking about life, the universe and the Just Life series. On Friday I'm hosting C.C. Dado's 'Imposter in Zebra Striped Briefs'. In amongst that I need to write. I've written about 100 words in the last two weeks and I can feel the tension building. Today, I start getting my writing routine back.