postcards from the cave

As I mentioned on Facebook earlier this week, the reason I haven’t been around much is that I’ve been hidden deep inside the bowels of my deep, dark Editing Cave.

Even though the main writing on PROJECT: RUNAWAY HEIRESS (Book 1, “Project: Passion” mini-series for Harlequin Desire) was finished a little over a week ago, this is the part where I have to sit down & start reading every word, polishing & revising where necessary.  It’s not a fun part, either, because I’m already so familiar with the story, I don’t want to read it again.  Plus, I always think there are sections that are going to need a major overhaul, & who enjoys that?  It’s like digging a hole in the ground for a swimming pool.  Can’t I just have the pool already? :cat

This time around, I also had the added task of making sure I got all of my British details & references right.  (Sexy Nigel Statham is from across the pond. :yummy )  Thankfully, a U.K. reader on Facebook offered to be my fact-checker.  Or rather, my fact-approver. *g*  So I’m feeling pretty good about most of my hero’s POV.

As time-consuming as all of that was, I’m happy to say that the story held together beautifully.  Better than expected, actually.  I could swear there were scenes while writing that made me think, “I’m going to have to go back & fix this.”  But on the read-through, everything looked great.

You know what this means, don’t you?  Apparently, I am like the proverbial shoemaker.  I do the groundwork during the day, then at night while I’m sleeping, little cobbler elves come in & fix things for me.  Either that, or aliens.  And you know what—I’m okay with that. :coffin

But now, finally, I am beyond thrilled to announce that THE BOOK IS DONE!  DONE, DONE, DONE!!!  Not just finished, but polished & perfect (well, you know, perfect-ish) & on Editor C‘s desk, where it belongs.

Whew.  I cannot tell you how happy I am to have this one turned in.  As I mentioned before, it was a rough project to complete.  Not the story itself, but just getting. it. written.

And now that it is, I get to take a short breather, maybe a nap.  Then it’s back to work.  Book 2 is already calling to me. :lipstick


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  1. Donna says:

    :dancebat Doing the happy dance for you as it sounds like you may be to tired to do it yourself. We appreciate your suffering. Does it bother you that you spend so much time and effort putting the book out and we devour them in a day?

    • Heidi says:

      LOL Kinda true. I couldn’t believe how tired & *sore* I was last night, just because I finally had the book turned in. It’s almost like my body knew it needed to be on point until it was done, then once it knew the book was gone, it collapsed. :lolgeez

      And it doesn’t *bother* me…even I’m fond of saying, “If only I could write a book as quickly as I read one.” I actually love it when readers are eager for a new book to come out, then tell me they read it in one sitting or one day or couldn’t put it down. The very best compliment. :highroller I just wish I could write them faster—for you & for me! :cat

  2. Pamela Cayne says:

    Hurrah for done, done, done!!! :elvira

    And yeah, now get to work on the next one–I need me my Heidi stories!!! :cherry

  3. Kathleen O says:

    BIG CONGRATS!!! Can’t wait until this book in on my bookshelf…

    • Heidi says:

      I can’t, either…even tho I’ve actually got one coming out in between. (See SECRETS, LIES & LULLABIES – November 2012. :elvis ) But I’m starting to get eager to see artwork for this one. And to get started on the next book in the series.

  4. Fedora says:

    HOORAY!!! Good for you and great for us, Heidi!

  5. Laura J. says:

    YAY!!! Now you know what this calls for?….PIZZA!!!!! Celebration pizza!!! :dancebat

    • Heidi says:

      STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Do you know how hungry I am right now? Do you know how hard I’m trying to be good? Do you know how many people I’d be willing to kill for a pizza? :face

      The problem is, I would eat the *whole* pizza, so I must try to resist as long as I can. And you are NOT HELPING!!! :vampsmile

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