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Writer on the Verge of Deadlines

May 29, 2017 by in category Writer on the Verge tagged as , ,

From A Slice of Orange Archives

 

Deadline Hell. I’m there.

It’s my first trip and I’m not liking it much. In fact, I’m going a little crazy.

I wish I could blog about something happy and carefree but I’m harried and nervous and can’t sleep, can’t think of anything but the book and how much more I need to write and how little time I have to do it. I’ve lost all peripheral vision. I can only focus on one little page, nothing else.

I’ve lost track of what’s happening on all my favorite TV shows.

I can’t read anything new. I’ve taken to re-reading old favorite books because I already know what happens and don’t have to focus too much on the story.

And I’m living on TV dinners. That can’t be healthy.

I spend most of my time in sweatpants, a big old work shirt and comfortable shoes. It’s not a good look for me.

So why am I always smiling? 🙂

Writer on the Verge of Deadlines

 

 

 

 

Kate Carlisle is always smiling because her first book, Homicide in Hardcover, from NAL, is now available everywhere!

Since this column was originally  posted in February 2009, Kate as gone on to publish over 20 books. You can get a complete list of her novels at Kate Carlisle Bibliography. Four of her newest titles are available below.

 



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Writer on the Verge

May 18, 2009 by in category Blogs tagged as , ,

By Kate

Blog anxiety. I have it. Do you?

I spend hours worrying about snappy blog topics that will be informative yet fun, breezy yet philosophical.

It’s a dilemma, I tell you. I suffer and fret and never know what I’ll actually end up with.

It’s worse than trying to decide what to order at Starbucks.

Yes, I worry about that, too.
So I ask you, is there anything worse than having to write a blog?
Well, yes, actually there is. How about having to write TWO blogs?

That’s my problem today. I’m scheduled to blog over at the Silhouette Desire Authors blog at the same time I’m scheduled here at A Slice of Orange. So not only did I have to come up with TWO brilliant (ha!) blogs, but now I’m racing back and forth between the two, trying to keep up with comments and greetings. I tell you, it’s crazy!

If you’ve got a solution to blog anxiety, I would appreciate hearing about it.

And if you have the chance, come on over to the the Silhouette Desire Authors blog and say hello. I get anxiety when nobody shows up to comment. But that’s a whole different topic for another blogging day.

Cheers!
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Writer on the Verge — Of Malice!

April 18, 2009 by in category Writer on the Verge tagged as , ,

At the end of this month I’ll be attending my first Malice Domestic mystery conference in Arlington, Virginia. I’ve heard about the Malice conference for years and I’m very excited to be going with my first book out and available. There’s a speed-dating-type event where authors switch from table to table to meet readers, and I’ll also be sitting on a panel called “I Hear Voices.” I’ll see my agent and also meet my editor for the first time so there will be a bit of business going on. And Saturday is the Agatha Awards ceremony so there should be some dressing up. I’ll be sure to report back on everything that happened!

What are you on the verge of doing? Have you ever been to a mystery conference? Yes? How about sharing some mystery conference tips? 🙂

Meanwhile, I want to jump on Maureen Child’s bandwagon and shout out the news about the very fun new Silhouette Desire blog on eharlequin.com. I’m the newest author in the group and so far, we’re having a blast! Come by and comment if you have a minute. We’re giving away prizes every day this month!

Kate Carlisle is the author of Homicide in Hardcover, the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association’s No. 1 paperback bestseller for February 2009.

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Writer on the Verge

January 18, 2009 by in category Blogs tagged as , ,

GOT BOOKS?

Yes!!

My books arrived this week!

I opened the big box and pulled out one book and held it in my hand for the first time. It was a pretty special moment for me.

I would’ve liked to have savored the moment but suddenly every book in the box jumped out and attacked me. I wasn’t hurt, just momentarily stunned.

I really think they were just as thrilled to see me as I was to see them. I mean, look at that picture. Is this a love-fest or what?

Cheers!

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