Hi from Sarah Graves, who is recovering from a very long bout of writing. The work to be done was A BAT IN THE BELFRY, another Home Repair is Homicide mystery starring amateur sleuth Jake Tiptree and her friend Ellie White. Jake and Ellie have been solving murders in Eastport for 15 years now, so many that it’s a wonder there are any living people left. But there always seems to be one more victim suitable for a doing-in, and this time was no exception.
Now that I’ve finished the book and its rewrites, though, I feel pretty done in, myself. I remember when I finished the first one, THE DEAD CAT BOUNCE, and thought I might have to lie down for a week. This time I don’t need to lie down at all, but the very idea of starting another book or even a short story….please. At least let me get a blood transfusion, first.
What I can do, though, is work that requires no words. Painting, plastering, wallpaper scraping, sanding of floors and woodwork — those chores, put off while the book was in progress, now look like fun, seeing as they do not have to be done while staring at a screen or pounding a keyboard. Anything that doesn’t involve a keyboard, in fact, is fine with me. But friends, when this blog entry is done, there will be no keyboarding for a while. Even the idea of the keyboard on a piano makes me feel a little queasy. I am entering a Silent Period that will last until the 14th, so until then be well, stay safe, and have a really lovely first two weeks of June.