Jon Gibbs (jongibbs) wrote,
Jon Gibbs

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What have you been up to lately?

These last two weeks ran away from me a little. My '10 Things Every Writer Should Know' talk at Bridgewater Library went very well. Somerville TV recorded it for broadcast on local television the following week. 

My basement desktop died last Thursday, which caused a fair amount of inconvenience. I have all my important files backed up, so I didn't lose anything, but I spent most of the day trying to breathe some life back into the poor thing. I still haven't bought a replacement (I'll probably do so next week).

Last Friday, I gave my very first after-dinner talk. My friend and fellow NJAN member, Marykate Schweiger (who writes as M. Kate Quinn) and I spoke to members of the Porch Club of Riverton, a federated women's club founded in 1890. The lunch was held at the Riverton Country Club. Good food, excellent venue, delightful company. I had a great time.

After two NJAN panel/Q&As the following day, I took Sunday off. Senior Management and I treated our daughters to a trip to the local diner. Afterwards, we drove to Monmouth Battlefield State Park, where we enjoyed a leisurely stroll to work off those tasty sausage, egg and chip meals. 

Yesterday morning was my girls' IEP meeting. They always leave me feeling somehow uplifted and depressed at the same time, so after working on edits for Barnum's Revenge for an hour or so, I mostly pottered about for the rest of the day.

This morning, I set to work on Abraham Lincoln Stole my Homework. After my experience last winter, when I got myself in a right pickle trying to weave in a last minute sub-plot to Barnum's Revenge, I decided the best way to make the changes I want to incorporate into ALSMH was to start from scratch. I've redone the outline and have started the rewrite. 10K words in, things are progressing much faster than they did with BR - they're certainly less frustrating!

This afternoon, I visit Bayshore Middle School (in Leonardo, NJ). I've never done a book club visit before, so I'm extra excited.

How about you?

What have you been up to lately?
Tags: fiction, fun, writing

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