Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Fresh Snow

My brain is all tracked up with Miss Birdie stuff and, though I haven't heard anything yet from Herself, I'm in search of fresh snow. I'm trying to clear out my mind to move on to the next book -- the one with Elizabeth and her sister Gloria and the resolution of that puzzling message from Aunt Dodie.

I'm pecking away at the mess in my workroom -- did the ironing, put away the Christmas wrapping, caught up with email, made reservations for upcoming book events, and now I'm beginning to clear my shelves of Birdie-related material and get ready to write another book.

I'd actually started on it -- done some research in the library in Asheville, worked out a rough plan -- when Herself said she wanted the Birdie book for this year. So I've been rereading those notes I made over a year ago, working on a time line for the new book, and, yes, just like the mother who forgets how painful childbirth was, I'm ready to do it again!

I've missed Elizabeth and I'm ready for a new start -- ready to make marks on fresh snow.

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Carol Murdock said...

That's my girl.....nothing to it!

Unknown said...

Yes Yes Yes! Another Goodweather story!

You see, there is a basic problem here. As a horribly selfish fan, I want you to do NOTHING but write more books for me to enjoy. But then, reality sets in, and I also want you to have a nice life, not necessarily chained to a desk!

I am so looking forward to the Miss Birdie book, and any hints you can drop about the new one too.
Sue McC

Auntie Knickers said...

Also looking forward to Miss Birdie and a new Elizabeth Goodweather book down the road. Lucky for me, I still have In a Dark Season to anticipate as soon as I get a copy. Finished Old Wounds yesterday and it was wonderful!

Vicki Lane said...

You would not BELIEVE the mess my workroom is in just now -- like a place where some batty old woman lurks amid stacks of old magazines. But I shall persevere and get on with it. Maybe in tomorrow's post I'll talk about my plans for the next book, Sue McC.

Glad you enjoyed OLD WOUNDS, Auntie K!

Pat in east TN said...

Ooooh, this is like Christmas for me ... the Miss Birdie book 'almost' a reality and the next Elizabeth book back in the making!!! Woo hoo!!

Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

You get no sympathy from me, Vick Lane, Mystery Writer. Messy work room? Pish posh. You haven't seen mine, nor will you ever. I'd never live it down if you did.
I've found a writer I think you'll like. First novel, a bit rough around the edges, but her heroine reminds me a lot of Elizabeth G. and she's got a real gift for characterization.
More later in an email. K.

Vicki Lane said...

Hey Pat, Hey, Kay -- No, really, STACKS of New Yorker and Our State magazines, odd bits of paper with illegible notes, dirt, dead ladybugs, cat and dog hair -- and I've only attacked my little writing corner.

I want to hear about this writer, Kay. Am reading SUITE FRANCAISE right now and getting rather bummed by it all.

Kathryn Stripling Byer said...

Vicki, does a dead mouse in my old mss. drawer trump your list? (I thought I smelled something rank in there!)My stacks of New Yorkers, most of them, now reside in the Friends of the Library used bookstore. But there are stacks of all sorts of other mags from years back. The Shape mags are gone, at last. Pointless to keep them. I know I'll never try to get in shape again, I mean Shape-shape.

Vicki Lane said...

Okay, you win, so far. But as I said, I'm not done. Jimmy Hoffa's remains could be in the back of the closet where all my unused craft supplies have been shoved.