First off, the happy business of announcing that
pulled lucky No. 22 at random.org and won the J.R. Ward Black Dagger Brotherhood Insider’s Guide. Congrats to Elijana–we want to see that 60,000-word outline! Mine cracked the 4k mark last night.
This morning, my mind is too full of dayjob/Salt Mine stuff, as I face writing a dozen — that’s a DOZEN — “how to” articles to pull together in a package. All the interviewing of the “experts” is done, but the writing. Oy. I will be writing:
–How to stay happily married 60 years
–How to visit a new country without being an Ugly American
–How to eat a healthy meal at Waffle House
–How to help your kid choose the right college
–How to raise your metabolism
–How to defuse an argument
–How to assemble a cookbook
–How to make cocktail party conversation about technology without sounding like an idiot
–How to recognize an authentic Italian red sauce
–How to tell if your teenager’s having problems with bullying or peer pressure
–How to get your sled dog ready for the Iditarod
–How to attract a wild turkey (without a shot glass)
Sigh. I’m tired already. Would some nice publisher offer me a seven-figure contract so I can retire? Six-figures? Five? Anything?