To accomplish this, means finishing the Christmas-time novel (okay); and postponing release until probably next Fall.
I'm not exactly thrilled about this; while I'm great at procrastinating housework; book releases are different. I really did hold myself to a goal (pretty much met) with the first novel. With the second... well, let's just say my advice is this: do not move/buy a new house while you are trying to finish a novel. Especially when it takes you weeks to put computers back together again.
So, I'm thinking it would make good sense to release these stories sequentially (and not ala Star Wars, where the back story comes last, right?). It would afford me a chunk of time to develop covers (yep; I did the cover for Kitchen Addiction! myself) and work on the recipes to be included with my husband, Chef Andrew, with a minimum of throwing pots and pans at each other.
It would also give me some time to find an editor who wants to be my editor, which I hope will provide a better measure of continuity (am seriously bummed that my editor for Kitchen Addiction! is moving on to being an author himself. I wish him the best of luck and do feel a void in this process now. Rats.)
Oh, and the blog thing. Really; for awhile the pressure just froze me up. I really felt it had to be a short story fest. My bad.
So, for 2013 (and to celebrate Groundhog's Day) I will NOT look at my shadow; but look forward to giving some aspect of a "progress report" on a weekly basis. Or at least a Central PEE-ay weather report.