Why hello! I am poking my head out of the drafting hole with a casual update that has mysteriously taken me three hours to write. Some things:
In where-the-heck-are-you news...
Thanks to a tremendous stroke of good luck, Techie Boyfriend and I spent a month living here:
If you said, "My, that looks like a rustic stone bunker in the south of Portugal," you would be correct. It belongs to an artist/time traveler/healer lady who opens her doors to travelers, writers, and other lost souls. Someday, when I come into a rustic stone bunker of my own, I will need to find some busted-up writers to shelter, to pay it all forward. "Don't worry! Eat these flowers. You're no different from the bees..."
Now, we are in Lisbon, and most days I go to this place to scribble on Novel 2:
This café has such a hypnotic flow of people coming in and out, espresso cups rattling, waiters in green aprons ferrying spectacularly stale croissants to and fro...and best of all, everyone shares tables, which means you can snag all the half-eaten sandwiches and pastries people leave behind. Sometimes, total strangers talk to you at length in Portuguese or Spanish, but mostly all they are doing is asking if you are writing your autobiography (um, no...) and also whether you would like some hot chocolate.
In WILD AWAKE news...
Due to reasons of not having a mailing address, I have not personally beheld an ARC of WILD AWAKE. But these people have! (also, various farm animals). I will be doing an ARC giveaway as soon as I am back in the US.
There are a few things I'm not quite ready to share yet in terms of behind-the-scenes rumblings surrounding WILD AWAKE, suffice to say that so many good things have already happened that the book's actual publication feels like an embarrassment of riches—"wait, THAT's still happening TOO?"
For now, I am up to my ears in the writing of Novel 2, the writing process for which has been about as different from the writing of WILD AWAKE as is humanly possible. If this novel could force me to write it upside down and backwards, holding the pen between my toes, there is no doubt in my mind that it would.
In what's-your-next-move news...
Techie Boyfriend and I are flying back to the US in two weeks, whereupon we will revert to being vagrant van people, whereupon we will probably do some half-hearted craigslist searching until we give up on finding an actual room, whereupon we will slowly devolve into cave people, whereupon WILD AWAKE will come out, whereupon I will go into bookstores to try and sign stock, whereupon they will ask me to please come back once I've taken a shower.
In short: if you see a rainbow-colored space van parked outside your local bookstore this May with a bespectacled cave person climbing out of it, please know that she is fond of cashews.
That is all.
Portugal. ARC giveaway. Cashews.
More importantly, what have YOU been up to?