Join us as Shae Connor goes Outside the Margins.
I Shouldn’t Be Writing This Post
I shouldn’t be writing this post.
My list of Things To Do is a mile long and growing. I’m weeks behind on the book I’m writing. I have Dragon Con planning to do. I’m surrounded by cardboard boxes from moving, dirty laundry is piled in my hampers, and I really need to buy groceries.
Oh yeah, and my sister’s getting married.
Life, as John Lennon once wrote, is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
Over the past few months, life has happened. My sister got engaged (to a great guy), and I’m the maid of honor, so that means I’m heavily involved in things like finding a venue (done), buying a wedding dress (done), and planning a reception (in progress). J.P. Barnaby moved south to join our household, so we moved into a larger apartment that still needs quite a bit of work. And Dragon Con asked me to take on the directorship of the on-site publication, the Daily Dragon, in the impossible-to-follow footsteps of the late and very missed Eugie Foster.
In the midst of all that fell my current writing project, book 3 in the Sons series (Nobody’s Son), which was originally due at the end of March. At the Dreamspinner author workshop last month, I pulled the fabulous Elizabeth North aside and broke the news that there was no way I was going to have it done on time. Because she’s fabulous, she agreed readily to a one-month extension on my deadline and made the necessary adjustments.
Of course, now I have a new deadline to meet, and life hasn’t slowed down one bit.
A few weekends ago, we went wedding dress shopping. Two bridal shops, twelve dresses, and a number of hours later, my sister had picked out a dress. Fabulous! Except that’s not the end. It’s a strapless dress—do you have any idea how hard it is to find a wedding dress with sleeves?—so she needs to have sleeves added, plus a few other alterations. And, of course, there’s still the veil, shoes, and other accessories to find.
And soon, we get to do it all again to find bridesmaids dresses.
Meanwhile, I’m working on filling out my staff spots for the Daily Dragon. Most of the volunteers have been happy to come back (something that had honestly worried me a bit), but a few simply can’t make it this year. Thankfully, the publication is a bit of a coveted appointment, so I haven’t had a problem finding some new folks to fill in. It helps that I’m also bringing along a few friends (including William Cooper, who drafted me for Outside the Margins in the first place). But staffing is just the beginning.
Between Dragon Con and the wedding, there’s a reason I’ve been telling people I’ll be off the grid from August 1 through mid-October.
So yeah, I had big plans for writing this year. I was going to finish the Sons series, finish another trilogy, and maybe write something for Christmas. I also had plans to write at least one M/F book—mainly so I’d have something out there my mom can read. Now I’m struggling to finish the one book I’m committed to, and I have no idea what I’ll do after that.
Oh, well, except promote the two new releases I have coming out in the next few weeks. And do edits and then promotion for Nobody’s Son. And attend three conventions. And take care of more wedding stuff and more Dragon Con stuff.
Anyone out there who can stop time so I can get caught up?
~ Shae Connor
About Shae Connor
Shae Connor lives in Atlanta, where she’s a lackadaisical government worker for a living and writes sweet-hot romance under the cover of night. She’s been making things up for as long as she can remember, but it took her a long time to figure out that maybe she should try writing them down. She’s conned several companies into publishing her work and adds a new notch on her bedpost each time another story is unleashed onto an unsuspecting universe.
A member of the Romance Writers of America and the Rainbow Writers chapter, Shae was first published in 2010 and has a lineup of short stories, novellas, and novels available from Dreamspinner Press, Wilde City Press, MLR Press, and Amber Allure.
Shae is part Jersey, part Irish, and all Southern, which explains why she never shuts up. When she’s not chained to her laptop, she enjoys cooking, traveling, watching baseball, and reading voraciously, and she’s an annual volunteer for the Dragon Con on-site publication, the Daily Dragon. You can find her hanging out on Twitter most any time @shaeconnor, but for the more direct route, you can email her at email@example.com or visit her website at shaeconnorwrites.com.
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