It isn’t even yet 7:00 a.m. and for two hours I’ve been writing emails:

an email to my agent about an interview and the outline of The Next Novel;

an email to an author friend who had asked if I could consider reading—”blurbing”—her next novel (yes, depending on schedule);

an email to my VA about the Blog Tour coming up;

an email to the organizer of a conference, giving her a description of a talk I’m to give (which meant I had to decide what the talk was going to be about);

drafted an email to an organization I’m scheduled to give a reading for regarding possible complications (as yet on hold).

All of this is part of “the writing life,” and yet little has to do with actually writing. At some point, I think I’m going to have to figure out how not to open my in-box first thing in the morning—but how—I’ve made this resolve so many times!

I’m going to open my plot outline now. My L.A. editor has given it thumbs up (yay!). With some minor revisions, it will be ready to send to my agent. In the meantime, between times, I need to begin seriously researching again, preparing the ground. It’s so easy to get distracted.

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