Thursday, February 28, 2013

How Many Is Too Many Projects? by DL Larson

I've had many projects on hold for awhile, my book one of them.  The others were stripping wallpaper and getting my back entry painted, getting the backsplash finished in my kitchen, giving my living room a face-lift, plus creating new programs for the kids at the library.  Each one had stalled, all with good reasons.  Then the universe shifted and all started moving again with me the pivot that will either make it successful or end in ruin.

My photographer called and we set up an appointment.  A wonderful lady from the Ottawa Times called and we set up an interview time.  The newspaper photographer called and we set up an appointment.  The interior designer I talked to called and we set up a talk session for revamping my livingroom.  The artist called, apologized for not calling sooner, but she had suffered that awful cold that so many have had and now that she's better, we set up a time for her to come see my back entry. 

In the meantime, I'd sorted through what I want for a book cover and sent the ideas to my gals so they could have some input on what they thought was the best cover.  Some were on vacation, some were so quick in replying I hadn't had a chance to think how I would use their ideas.  But their thoughts flooded in and I was overwhelmed with their enthusiasm!!  It makes me excited all the more to share my book with the world.

Then the weatherman told us snow was on the way.  We've been waiting all winter for more snow.  My phone started ringing again.  Yes, Monday would be great, come on over, we'll miss the storm that way.  More phone calls came for re-scheduling for Tuesday morning before the big storm hit.  That was great too.  I don't want anyone left out in bad weather because of me. 

Despite the inclement weather, my plate grew increasingly crowded.  The above picture is the result of a photo shoot in my home - thank you Mary and Josh Hamer.  I'm a horrible candidate.  All I really wanted to do was giggle with a camera in my face.  But they endeavored to persevere and got a decent shot of me.  Kate Reynolds, newswoman, arrived for my interview and we discovered we're both librarians and we chatted about our love of books as well as my upcoming release.  The interior designer, Julie, arrived and told me my livingroom could be saved.  She had wonderful ideas and I'm anxious to see what she has planned. 

Tuesday the newspaper photographer arrived and despite my giggle affliction he clicked off several shots.  I have no idea if I will look like a buffoon or not.  Soon after the artist, Kathy arrived and she came up with clever ideas to make my back entry interesting and not so blah.  From there I headed for work only to discover we were closing due to bad weather.  My program planning will have to wait and for that I'm thankful because I really can't think of anything more right now.

Life doesn't stop and for that I'm grateful, but a little breather now and then is good.  I really need to begin planning a blog tour and if you are so inclined to ask me, I promise to chat about lots of things, and not just my book.  I'm a firm believer that the more real an author becomes to the public, the better chance the book has for success.

Til next time ~

DL Larson


Morgan Mandel said...

I love that photo! You look simply marvelous! Things are really happening!

Morgan Mandel

Deb Larson said...

I'm such a procrastinator, but yes, finally got my mo-jo back. I'm ready to surge ahead!
Thanks for stopping by

Anonymous said...

That's awesome. I really like it. Thanks for sharing.

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Debra St. John said...

The photo is lovely! It's the perfect 'author' photo...I love it!

Life tends to get busy doesn't it? But it sounds like you're making plans and making a lot of headway...good for you!