Okay, I will now utter the words my husband longs to hear: Blair was right. Once more, just for good measure (and because I don't plan on saying them again for as long as possible): He was right.
Blair's been telling me for days that the lack of response from the publishing company for the cat book has nothing to do with me or my work and is more likely a reflection that it's a low priority on the totem pole, or they've got bigger fires to put out, or they just hadn't gotten around to it yet.
That was the case, as my editor e-mailed yesterday and said she'd been on vacation but had submitted my outline and it could be up to a week before approval/revisions were granted. She recommended I not spend too much time writing until I hear back from them on the outline.
The possibility of an extended deadline actually doesn't thrill me. I cleared my schedule this month to focus on this project but I can only hold off life for so long. I've got a lot of speaking engagements, classes I'm teaching, and articles due starting in mid-September. I'd rather finish this project on time.
So since I had the first 3 chapters (there are 6 chapters total) ready to go, I went ahead and e-mailed them to her. It seems silly to me to approve or revise an outline when you can have the finished product there in front of you. I'm not sure what to do about working on the rest. It seems wasteful to put in a bunch more time on something that may be revised or not used, yet at the same time, if I get the go ahead I've still got a ton of work to do. I'll probably keep up on the research, add some new items, and do some work but not kill myself (and work on other projects I've been neglecting).
My printer for Lessons In Stalking called yesterday to say the proofs should be at my door by this afternoon. Yayyyy! It's happening! (Wait till I break it to Blair that we get to spend yet another weekend reading the book).
The temperature has cooled here to a lovely 83 degrees. When I left for yoga this morning at 6 am, it was actually cold out. Fall, my favorite season, is on the way!
BTW, most of you know how Blair and I go all out for Halloween. We dress up, dress up the house, decorate the yard, etc. But we're having a bit of brainlock this year on what to dress up as. If anyone has any ideas, let us know. (And I do not want to see "Star Wars" or "Lord of the Rings" suggestions coming our way. Be creative!)