Funny thing about taking a day off from LJ, all of a sudden it becomes easier to skip the next day and the next and then suddenly it has been days since a posting. This is the same thing that has always happened when I try to keep a journal or a diary (two different things) with any amount of regularity.  I am not going to feel guilty (okay,  I’ll TRY not to feel guilty). Truth be told, I have been overwhelmed with way too much to do and not enough hours to do it in. The cold slowed me down, of course. They always do. I want nothing more than to crawl into bed and sleep for a few days but I don’t want to use up any of my precious PTO at work on sick pay. Ick.

What I’ve been doing – Oliver’s publicity , like crazy. I finally figured out what happened to all the missing mailings of review copies and press kits and such, they were waiting for me at the Post Office because I put my new PO Box as the return address and then promptly forgot I even had a PO Box. Sigh. Oh well. Lots of books went out. Some kind words coming back in. I’m hoping for lots of kind words to cover up the not-so-kind ones from SLJ.  From an unexpected corner my Google Alerts showed me that Oliver got a favorable mention in then San Diego Union-Tribune.  I still, for the life of me, can’t figure out how to get any coverage in my own local paper, the San Jose Mercury News.

Oliver left this morning for Harlem, NY. Whew! It’s his first time away from home. I hope he does okay. I was up way too late last night putting together a photo album for him to take with him. It has pictures of him, of course, but then pictures of me and where I live and pictures from my childhood. It was fun putting it together but I have to quit getting these bright ideas late at night when I have to get up at 5am. I also have to learn to triple the amount of I time I think anything will take because I am such a poor judge of time.

Next week I am off work and hope (okay, NEED) to finish up the revisions on Hugging the Rock. They’re doing pretty quick. For the most part they are going okay but I am stutter-stepping in a few places and hope for inspiration when I am away from the day job next week.

Alright, time to go get caught up on all the hundreds of posts I have missed while I’ve been away.