I last updated here on February 7. Since then, we’ve moved to a new house, with beautiful front and back porches, actual amenities — I can do laundry in my own house! — and a spiral staircase up to a little attic that’s perfect for reading, or, if you’re a cat, running around like crazy.
Then I went to the Dickens Project Winter Conference, at Vanderbilt, which involved a marathon day of panels. My paper was on modal verbs in ‘Persuasion,’ because I am a geek. And then I came home and started unpacking again. I just finished organizing my books a few days ago.
Meanwhile all sorts of things have been happening on the book front — blurb-begging, copyedit-reviewing, permission-seeking. Also, author-photo-taking. And, finally, cover-displaying! This is the final version of the cover design for my novel. I am absolutely thrilled with it, as is everybody else involved. My publication date is February 2010, and now that February 2009 is almost over, I feel like it’s really happening. Less than a year, and it’ll be on the shelves.