Friday, September 02, 2011

C'est Fini and Random Rambling

Every so often I get the urge to speak French. Mind you, I'm not very good at it, and needed to be reminded by a nice man at Notre Dame that I should have said "Nous allons," rather than "Vous allez" when I asked where we needed to go to stand in line. I knew that... I swear I did, but I got nervous speaking such a beautiful language in front of native Frenchman.

For the record, I have difficulty capitalizing the word "French" when I'm typing about the language. A throwback to my high school class where we learned that francais was not automatically capitalized the way English is. Also, for the record, I occasionally dream in French. In these dreams I speak the language fluently and I know precisely what I'm saying.

Anyway, my post today has nothing to do about speaking French, but has everything to do with "C'est Fini!" It's done.

For those of you on Facebook, you know I'm talking about Grace #3, a/k/a Manor House Mystery #3, a/k/a GRACE AMONG THIEVES (working title). I've been busy writing and rewriting over the past months, and I've fallen far behind on things like email, reading, posting, newsletters...

But now I'm finished!

I read Grace #3 aloud, as I always do with my manuscripts, and it's finally ready to be turned in. As you can guess from my working title, there have been thefts at Marshfield Manor and Grace is drawn into the investigation, doing her best to prevent Bennett from losing more of his treasures, and to help find the thief who killed one witness and injured another during his escape.

I'll send the file to my editor on Sunday. Why am I waiting? Because I sometimes dream about mistakes I've made or last-minute wording that needs fixing. Yeah, these things pop into my head when I'm asleep. No, I'm not usually speaking French during these dreams, but I do like to give the final manuscript a chance to stew in my overworked brain for a couple of days. Sunday it goes in. And Monday I start reading for fun.

I've given myself one week to read for enjoyment before I jump back into writing. Next up, Ollie #6, which is as yet untitled and its plot not quite fleshed out. Shh... don't tell my editor.

Then comes Bouchercon September 15 - 18, where I'm honored to be part of a Friday panel that includes Donna Andrews, Shirley Damsgaard, Rosemary Harris, and Joanna Slan, with the incomparable Katrina Niidas Holm as moderator. DEATH BY GOOD INTENTION. How fun! I'm very excited.

Saturday brings another panel - this one I'm moderating. Panelists include Avery Aames, JoAnna Carl, Ellen Crosby, and Cathy Pickens. Am I a lucky moderator or what? Our title: YOU SMELL LIKE DINNER. Gotta love it.

All of the rambling I'm doing here is my weird way to celebrate getting GRACE AMONG THIEVES finished. There's nothing better for taking weight off one's shoulders than having a manuscript done on time and I'm feeling a little bit giddy.

You're probably wondering why the book cover for AFFAIRS OF STEAK is up top, at the beginning of this post. That's because I'm excited about its upcoming release. Yep, it's still a few months away, but I warned you I'd be rambling here today, didn't I? If there's one thing I've learned it's that months *fly* by - especially when facing a deadline. I didn't want to forget about giving Ollie a shout out. She's facing trouble this time for sure. She and Peter Everett Sargeant are assigned to work together on a project. If you've read any of the White House Mysteries, you know what a nightmare this is for her. Oh, and of course, murder's involved...

For more information about any of my books, please click the tabs above. They'll take to you pages for the White House Chef Mysteries, the Manor House Mysteries, and my ebook page. I kept the pages simple, but let me know if you think they need more.

Whew! Rambling done. Final Friday tasks ahead, and I'm eager to get them done.
Talk soon!


-k said...

Congratulations!! I cannot wait to get my hands on either book - so exciting!

Dru said...

Congratulation on finishing your book.

Julie Hyzy said...

Thanks, Kat! Thanks, Dru! I'm feeling free!

yabooknerd said...

Congrats on finishing the 3rd Grace book!

Jeanne said...

Julie, can't wait for Steak! I presented a Mystery Readers' Advisory program for a local library last week and mentioned (and listed) both of your series. Just ordered Grace #2. You go, girl! (And not dripping wet!) Jeanne Bracken

Julie Hyzy said...

Jeanne, you made me laugh out loud! Thanks so much for recommending my books. So appreciated!

Next time the sun will be shining in D.C, right?

Live Out Loud said...

You dream in French? That is SO cool. Congrats on Grace 3!!

Julie Hyzy said...

Yep, I dream in French sometimes, but I have no way of knowing if what I'm saying is gibberish, but I choose to believe I'm speaking fluently.