With Cereal

A quick update on Life from Where I’m Sitting.

Since my laptop went all Gray Screen on me, I’m social-media-fail with everyone still. Hoping to get back to a regular presence sometime next month.

Buying a new computer, you ask? 



Middle School Guy (son the younger, previously known as Cartoon Ranger, Builder, MSG, etc.) finally has a school placement for middle school. After much stress, a non-public school has been found for him! He’s relieved, as you can imagine. Not knowing what would be happening come August was wearing on him and on the rest of us. So I am thankful that he’s got a place. It’s a nice school, not far from here, and looks like it should be a good fit.  He’ll be starting in just a couple of weeks, since they’re on a schedule that does that. This will allow me hours of uninterrupted desktop computer time.

Which will allow me to be more flexible in my online life AND, of course, writing a book. Or two.

Two, you ask?

Well, probably.

32033613oetratipd8It is common for a working writer to have a few plates spinning. For example, the year 2012 saw me getting a contract for Éire’s Captive Moon as well as An Unexpected Woman, both completed works, while I wrote Éire’s Viking. And edited Éire’s Captive Moon. 2013 had ECM publish in January, editing for AUW, publishing AUW, as well as getting a contract for and editing Éire’s Viking. Now that the editing is just about done for EV, I am focusing my attentions on the historical work in progress, Éire’s Devil King as well as doing preliminary research for a future contemporary Christian romance. Additionally, I am considering reworking a formerly self-published novel to reissue. Updating is hard work, let me tell you.

And, too, there is the little matter of In the Name of Duty – an historical romance novel that is now in its third massive iteration. Someday, I want to finish it. I think that “someday” might be sooner rather than later. I first put pen to paper on the original version (Amberly’s Heir) in 1997. It’s had a long and inglorious history with me. BUT! I really do think that, 22K words into the latest edition, I might be on to something. 🙂

In publishing, a writer often finds themselves planning years in advance. For example, when I got the contract for ECM, I was already thinking of a 2015 publication date for the final book of the trilogy.  Writing and editing and promotional work takes time, so it’s really hard to do more than two books a year unless you have help on a few fronts. Like childcare, maybe, or an assistant to handle social media outlets, or someone to clean the house… Yeah.  Anyway, all of this means that while I’m thinking of these future projects, I’m thinking of writing schedules, editing schedules, and where all of them fit in with my sons’ educational plans and family vacation timelines.

I am also thinking, once MSG is back to school full time, that I am going to start another Bible study/devotional routine for posting on a blog. The last time I did this, I wrote these studies that I have since posted here on my site. It’s been a while. 😉 What I’m thinking is to post them on a different blog, when I get started again. I’ll link y’all up when that happens.


I’ll be in Austin, Texas in October. That’s three months from now, I know, but a girl has to plan ahead.  The occasion is the Texas Book Festival. I think they’re revamping their website just now, but I’ll be posting more on it as the time approaches.


Your Turn:

Got any plans for the summer or fall? Projects with the family? Writing deadlines?  News you’d like to share? Let us know! 


  1. Jess Molly (aka jmolly) · July 23, 2013

    I think you must be one of the busiest women I know. I’m glad school’s settled for MSG; it will definitely take off a load of stress. Hope you get your computer back soon. I well remember having to borrow my husband’s when my laptop was down, which limited my access. I think you’re coping very well. To succeed in this business, you have to be highly organized.

    Someone said, ‘If you want to get a job done, ask a person who has a lot on their plate. They know how to structure their time to accomplish tasks.’ For some reason, that makes me feel more competent. LOL!

    Lissa, Tami and I (and my other friend, D) often hang out on Skype (IM) to encourage each other through a task. It might be writing, editing, promotion or blog work. You’d be most welcome to join. I’ll send you my user name.


    • Sandi · July 26, 2013

      I was raised by the busiest woman *I* knew/know, so I guess I feel like I’m not that busy, you know? Just…scheduled. lol

      Looking into buying a new laptop in the not-too-distant future. Whew.

      My mom always says, “If you want something done, get a busy person to do it. They know how to schedule their time.”

      And thank you again for the invite! Still haven’t managed to get to Skype, but maybe after school is back in session and I have reliable computer time! 🙂

  2. Jack Flacco · July 24, 2013

    Good to hear about the placement that it will allow you some freedom. I know how precious time is nowadays and any spare time is of great value for anyone with goals in mind!

    Nevertheless, sounds like you have a busy few months ahead. Good luck!

    • Sandi · July 26, 2013

      Spare time…? What’s that? No, I’ve actually had a lot of spare time lately. So I’ve read a lot of books and caught up with a new-for-me show (yay Netflix!) and so on. It’s been good. My first year as a writer, I didn’t do ANYTHING ELSE but write. Which I think I kind of needed. But balance is good. 🙂

      And thank you!

  3. bebeccalee · July 29, 2013

    I know I’m late to the party…but I always enjoy your “What I’m doing” updates. You make me tired and motivated all in one read!

    Summer has flown by, as it seems to do. On my recent trip to CA, Megs and I found some fresh motivation for our writing project, so we’re very excited.
    You remain a huge motivation and hero to us. Seriously. We love you 🙂

    Now I have a fall full of productions, both Opera and Theatre, writing and some other things. Busy busy for us all!

    • Sandi · July 29, 2013

      Hey! You are NEVER late to any party of mine, my friend.

      I am so glad you and Megs are re-motivated for your project! So happy if I can provide any kind of oomph to you in any way.

      Opera and Theatre – Now I’M exhausted!

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