Files – square, round, and non –

With my first book coming out soon, I have been very busy with writing, editing, re-writing, and all of that type of work for most of my time during the past month. I also had a novel to read for our book club (Leviathan Wakes: a fantastic book!). There has, as well, been a lot of work for the Chorale: concerts (such fun concerts!), a fund raiser, a covered dish dinner and numerous Board matters. I still have Chorale thank-you notes to write and a newsletter to produce, as well needing to write an item for my writer’s group. The time from late April to now has been very rich, but pretty crazy.

This has taken a real toll on my never-very-good housekeeping. Skip still likes sandwiches, thank heavens, and I’m pulling clean clothes out of the dryer each day and putting dirty ones right into the washing machine, then running it when I can. Of, course, this requires emptying what’s left from the dryer, and putting things away (hah!)… We will not discuss the shape my floors are in.

I feel the way I felt when I was working full time, with a 45 minute commute each way, and had a toddler running around the house.

When I had an similarly busy month last November, I needed to clear my desk. I put all my “do something with this” paperwork into one of those square plastic milk crate box things and set it under that same desk, sincerely believing that I’d surely get that dealt with in a month or so. Nope.

This morning, I took apart the pile of stuff which has sat in my “square file” for a full six months. I kept about 3 items and tore the rest up into little pieces and put them in the “round file”. This was good for my soul. It (isolating and disposing of irrelevant stuff) is an activity I highly recommend, even if it takes a six month hiatus to do.

This is retirement? I always sort of thought that retirement was when I could pull all my loose ends together and be able to live (for a while, at least) in an environment I actually controlled. Now, I have to face the reality that what makes my life chaotic is internal: it’s my nature.

Maybe that’s OK, maybe it isn’t, but I have to go empty the dishwasher now and plant tomatoes (haven’t gotten that done yet, either). I really want to get back to the story I was working on. And hang up the new bird feeders and go for a walk…. ooh, look, a chicken!

I still have that milk crate… empty now. What can I fit in it?

Happy start of summer!

Progress: Cover and Formatting!

Today, I set up the cover for A Perfect Plan and made arrangements to have someone much better experienced than I am take on the formatting task (various e-publishers have different formatting requirements). A big relief, in both cases! So, we’re coming along. Yay!

As a somewhat introverted type, I love to visualize producing a book as a straight line process. It’s just me sitting in the kitchen at my messy desk with my little dog sleeping on the floor nearby. Just me and Word hammering out a story. Nope.

There are a lot of people who have roles in the process: my wonderful Mr. Osborne, who puts up with and encourages me; my writers’ group friends, who are so helpful and encouraging and have such good suggestions; my long-suffering friends and family who have endured reading countless revisions; our dog who doesn’t get enough attention (that’s what she’ll tell you) and our cat, who feels inadequately worshiped (ditto).

I’d like to think it’s in a good cause.

Now, I’m going to set up a page about A Perfect Plan, and one for the next book I’m working on. No-one is reading this yet, because I haven’t gotten the word out that I have a site. Guess I’d better start doing that, too! Cheers!

 

 

This is my first post on my first site. Wow!

…and I don’t quite know what I’m doing! Being a writer today involves much more than just writing, and that ‘much more,’ for me, means learning quite a lot about media. So, now my task is establishing my on-line presence.

Hi. I’m Carolyn Osborne, and I like to write about people: their feelings, reactions and relationships. I also love to research and then write about history, particularly taken from a personal perspective.

I am very excited to be in the process of formatting my first book: A Perfect Plan. I intend to publish it this summer as an ebook, and maybe a few copies in print as well. It’s an historical romance about a wonderful, real-life couple, my 5G grandparents: Catherine Nelson and George Matcham, in Norfolk, England in the 1780’s. I have been working on this and other family stories for fourteen years, and I especially love these characters and have had a great time making their history into a personal experience. I’m excited and a bit nervous about releasing the story to public view, but I’m gonna do it!