Born blonde and Polish, Jennifer Turner writes action adventure thrillers and romances. She resides in Wisconsin with her husband Eddie, a red-headed Texan, and her three children, Dustin, Molly and Matthew. Raised by an eclectic assortment of artists and musicians, her upbringing helped shape and hone her imagination and dedication to the romantic arts. Between her commitments to family and writing, she actively pursues three things–white chocolate, dark chocolate, and more chocolate.
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Okay, so it's not totally thrilling to read about another person's state of exhaustion, but that's where I am. I burned the candle at both ends for over three weeks, getting two books polished and edited and back to their proper homes--one, the final proofs on Stark Knight that should now be on its way to the printers--and two, the final revised manuscript of Racing the Moon off to The Knight Agency. Added to that: one chapter critique and one story critique for Roto-Writer Critique service--about 300 pages of critique for my fabu-tastic writing group that I had fallen behind on--website content for my most wonderful web mistress--and a host of lesser (but no less important) business related emails. Also, one heart-stopping adventure in getting Racing the Moon printed and off to L.A.--twice.
First, after endless hours getting Racing the Moon ready, I finally completed all the revisions necessary and was ready to print. Of course, halfway through the printing process, my printer runs out of ink. Off to Wally-World I go--only to discover *GASP* they no longer carry my printer ink! Yikes! I rush over to staples, heart in my throat ( I do NOT have the funds to buy a new printer!) and to my relief, they carry the ink. I spend my budgeted submission money to buy it and hurry home to finish printing. Finally, it's ready to go to the post office--but unfortunately, I only have enough greebacks to send it cheap :( Not over night, as I had hoped.
Days go by and I decide to check if the manuscripat has arrived: it hasn't. Nephele Tempest is such a dearheart, she offers to let me know if it arrives one week after it was supposed to. No dice--so it's off to print the manuscript again and send it out in the mail. This time I'm a little more flush and can afford regular mail--with proof of delivery. But, I'm almost out of nails to chew. Finally, I get word via the USPS internet the manuscript was delivered--just in time for everyone to be busy at RWA's National conference. *sigh*
So, what do I do? I decide this tired author needs a day of R&R and take the kidlets to the beach for the day. Well, after enjoying the sun and fun, you can imagine what my Zombie skin did--and where the "Red" comes in the title of this blog ;) I am all over lobster-colored and ready to go live in a mud bath until I'm normal again. So much for re-energizing. *Sigh*
Now, I'm just seriously exhausted from lack of sleep and lack of real rest for over a month. But, I must soldier onward--Stark Knight will be out in a few short weeks and I'm way behind on marketing and promotion. *sigh*
I need a lot of chocolate and a good night's sleep! And not to leave this note on a whine ;) I'll share what my Honey-bear Matthew was doing as I wrote this: The little guy (he's four) was standing in my bedroom doorway, thumbs in his ears, tongue hanging out, and bobbing his head up and down--all the while giggling at his reflection in the brass doorknob :) Ahh, to be that easily entertained again ;)