Plans? What plans?

I had a plan for what I was tackling before the end of March. And now it's not what I thought it would be.

Realm #5 left my desk on the 8th November, winging its merry way to my editor. Who was originally scheduled to have the book until the end of January. This was my plan:

  • November: take most of it as a break, with perhaps some audiobook recording, but at least a break from writing
  • December: go back over book #10 and rewrite where necessary. Intersperse writing with audiobook recording
  • January: line edits of book #10; audiobook recording
  • February: edits of Realm #5 once it was back from my editor
  • March: get Realm #5 ready for publication

Except on Friday, my editor emailed me to ask if I wanted Realm #5 back in 4 instalments before 20th December, or all in one on the 20th. I don't know if it's coming back to me 6 weeks ahead of schedule because other clients dropped out, leaving my editor with more time, or if she scheduled more time than it needs. She did say she thoroughly enjoyed it (which is always lovely!).

It's currently 22nd November and I did indeed take much of the last couple of weeks as a break. Part of me wishes I'd been a bit more productive writing-wise, but I needed to catch up with other things (like gardening and housework). Realm #5 is coming back in 4 weeks, which isn't enough time to rewrite and edit book #10. It's probably enough time to make a serious dent in the audiobooks project, so I should probably crack on with that. Certainly my hubby will be pleased if/when we can finally take down the recording tent that's lurking in the back of our main sitting room! I may have suggested it was only going to be up for a couple of months, about three months ago.

Maybe the new plan looks like this:

  • Until Realm #5 is back: record audiobooks
  • End of December: go through the editing with my editor
  • January: do the edits on Realm #5
  • February: get Realm #5 ready for publication
  • March onwards: book #10 and audiobook recordings

Sorry, hubby. Looks like the tent's going to be up for a while.