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Back after 3 months….

It’s been a while since my last post.  Just over 3 months, in fact.

I have a decent excuse for much of that delay.  January 8th, just after my last blog post, I was involved in a car accident that totaled my car, and landed me in the hospital with a broken right wrist and a gash in my head requiring staples to close it up.  Overall, I was very lucky things weren’t worse, but dealing with the fall-out did take a lot of time and energy, and the broken wrist meant I needed to limit my keyboard time to critical things.

Ironically, the nominal amount of my hospital bill for the 5 hours I spent in the ER (with x-rays, CT scans, but *not* counting the ambulance ride or the time billed by the doctors) was just over $20,000, the amount that UM Healthcare is looking to raise to fund *one year* of salaries for 2 doctors and 4 medical assistants.

Not all of the delay was bad, though.  I was also revising my book draft based on comments from my editor.  (Yes, I was kicking myself that I hadn’t kept to my original deadline which meant I would have been done *before* the accident.)  I also took a much anticipated and very enjoyable three-week trip to Europe.

Granada, Spain, viewed from the Alhambra

Granada, Spain, viewed from the Alhambra

At any rate, I’m back from vacation now, am doing a final review of the “copy edited” manuscript, and finishing off the therapy for my wrist.

While finishing my taxes, the editing process, and a few other unusual time drains may impact my rate of blog posts for the near future, I’m looking forward to getting re-started, and hope to resume a more regular series of articles and book excerpts.

Thanks for bearing with me through the silence, and Happy Spring!

Book Status Update

Just a quick note that I’ve reached the next stage in the writing process:  sent off a complete draft to an editor.  (To several, actually.  But I’m very excited about one…)  It’s made me think that editors are unsung heroes–like batting coaches.  The good ones have a huge hand in the final product, but aside from a small mention in the acknowledgments, basically get no public credit for the work they do.

While it looks like I *could* maintain the original time line, with a “Fall 2011” publication (which would give me to December 21st, I guess), it looks like I’ll add another step into my process and have a professional designer work magic on it.  I’m not sure exactly how long that will take, but I’m near certain that it’ll be 2012 before you’ll find it on Amazon.