Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Spring Colors, Slow Cookers, and Edit Letters - Oh My!

So I've had a mini-vacation of sorts. The interesting thing about working in retail, even part-time, is that your days off are never the same week-to-week. And sometimes they fall in such a way that you have days off at the end of one week and the beginning of the following week. The end results: five days in a row away from the day job.

It's been awesome.

I spent the weekend doing some really cool things. Namely, shopping. I don't generally like shopping (unless I'm in a bookstore or a thrift store). But I really wanted to put some bright, spring colors into my apartment (which is mostly neutral colors). So I did. And I love the way it looks. I'll post some before-and-after pictures in the near future, but I went with aqua and lime green accent colors, and it looks really nice. Fresh. Ready for spring.

I also spent time with my sister, niece, and parents on Sunday. We went over to belatedly celebrate my dad's birthday with presents and a cake. Yesterday I made a lovely pot roast in my slow cooker (first time I've used it since I got it for Christmas) with a mostly-made-up recipe. Much yumminess.

I've also been fiddling with getting my tax information prepared. Every year, I tell myself I'll be more organized with my receipts, rather than just throwing them into an envelope. Every year, I open up an envelope and spend hours sorting. But Tax Day is drawing ever nearer, and I must get this finished.

Meanwhile, my edit letter for WRONG SIDE OF DEAD (Dreg City 4) is here! I can't wait to jump back into Evy's world for a while and whip this book into proper shape. My lovely editor really likes the direction I've taken the series in this book, so yay! (yes, that was a tease, since this book isn't coming out until next spring)

I've also seen the cover for TRANCE (Pocket, 10/25/11), and I love it! I promise I'll share as soon as I'm able.


Mardel said...

Is Trance the third book in your series, or a new series? I'm woefully behind in keeping up with some of my favorite reads. :( I do have your second book here - waiting for me to read it. Bought is as soon as it came out and then....kept buying books to read, and reading books and misplacing them...etc. :)

I read the first chapter, and loved how you started right off where you left off. I'm looking forward to diving right back soon as I finish the Iron Witch, and A Song for My Mother....and Dark Space...see? It never ends. So many books to read, so little time. :)

Kelly Meding/Kelly Meade said...

Hi Mardel! Trance is the first in a new series with Pocket. It's sort of urban fantasy, with original superheroes in a grim, post-war setting. I'm really excited about it and can't wait to post the cover and blurb. :)

pak tani said...

good job

Anonymous said...

Your books are amazing. Your writing is incredible. I'm shocked that you work retail, even if it is part-time. I know, I must be living in crazy world, but at what point can you afford to live off your writing? Feel free to shatter my illusion. You really are a great talent. It doesn't seem fair. Anyway, I can't wait to read Trance and Another Kind of Dead. Keep them coming and I hope you earn millions in the near future!

Kelly Meding/Kelly Meade said...

Anonymous - Thank you so much for the wonderful compliments!

Everyone's ability to live solely off their writing depends on a lot of things--contract advances, how fast you can write, the market itself, and personal living expenses. As a single person, my personal expenses aren't too bad, but I do get health insurance from my part-time job, which is also hugely important.

I hope to be in the position, one day, to afford my own health insurance and write full-time. But for now, I'm good with having those few hours a week outside of the house. :)

Thanks for asking and for stopping by the blog!