Update from the front, dear Readers!
I am getting close enough to finishing ABSENT that I can see the hoary light at the end of the tunnel! I have decided, at virtually the last minute, to go do several weeks of archaeological field work in Honduras! I am attempting to Beta-read two novels at once! I have become overly fond of exclamation points (perhaps due to an excess of caffeine coursing through my veins!)
Yes, it is an exclamation point kind of week around the Suri household. We have celebrated three years of lovely married life, have signed away our life savings on a new apartment, and have lined up so much travel for the month of July (all, of course, at the last minute) that I’m not sure it’s physically possible to accomplish it. Most notable among our coming adventures is my decision to return to Honduras this summer to continue my archaeological research.
There will be more on this in future posts (and here’s a link to the project blog, for those of you who want to follow our adventures in the field), but in short: I co-direct an archaeological field school in Honduras. The last time we were down doing work (2009), a coup d’etat happened. It was not pleasant, and we haven’t been back since. So, this is a big undertaking, and hopefully one that will go smoothly, as we’re taking 9 undergraduates with us.
On the writing front, I’ve been making happy-fun progress on the first draft of ABSENT, my archaeology time-travel novel. With my new daily word count goal in place, I’ve cruised through about 8,000 words in the last week or so. The climax is just a few chapters away, to be followed by another few chapters of denouement. Is there a chance I could finish this bad boy before I leave for Honduras? Probably not. But what the hell, I’m gonna try anyway. Wish me luck!
Complicating matters is that I’m now Beta-reading two novels at once. Such is the danger of swapping novel critiques, in which the owed critique may arrive at an unspecified date in the future – you can end up with more than you can handle. Both critiques are for writing buddies who’ve done me more than their share of favors and are due my best when it comes to payback. So I’m going to power through. Fortunately, I just bought an e-reader, the Nook Simple Touch (I’ll be sure to review this after I’ve given it a good work out), so I’m going to try to do one of the crits on the e-reader and see how that goes.
Clearly, I’ve got a busy week or so coming down the pike. How about you all?
Oh, and this marks the 100th post since I started my blog last November. Nifty!