The notes hath returned…with bonus review!

And they were not as bad as I thought!  I even made someone else open them first because I had been dreading them so muchThank you Elena!

First, the good news.  They are nowhere near as bad as I thought they were going to be.

The bad news?  I really should’ve done this at the beginning.

I’m trying to look at this situation glass half full – that is, I can update the book never mind the print version.  As permanent as anything is, I can still get the best version of the book online and this can be accomplished well before my next novel is published.

Additionally, whether or not these notes from my copy editor are genuine, I’d like to think they are:

I love this book. I know I am not alone wondering about the details in others’ lives. This novel gives your reader snippets of the private day-to-day goings-on of our fellow humans. And you covered a vast majority of life’s dramas and rarely repeated any, giving the reader a capsule of real life.

I even like the cliff-hangers where the reader is never told what happened afterward. The most vivid one that comes to my mind is of the date rape scene, but there were others. First, it allows me to imagine my own ending. Second, it confirms real life in that sometimes the public just doesn’t know the inner workings, never finds out the “why” or “how” sometimes.

You did an especially wonderful job making these characters fully 3-D and in just the one to five pages allotted to each chapter. Well done. Best wishes with this book.


I’m hoping to finish an edit of my current manuscript and then focus on getting the corrected version of Room 702 available.


Holiday I want to do over. #30stays

Does this mean I want to do over because I loved it so much, or do over because I want another try?  Clarify yourself 30 day challenge!  I’m taking this one as, would do over because I had such a great time.  The answer to that is the World Cup trip to South Africa in 2010.  Hubs and I had an incredible time, stayed at some amazing places, and saw tons of wildlife.  I would go back in a heartbeat.

Favorite Travel App. #30stays

Like anyone who travels frequently, I think TripAdvisor is the most reliable place for accurate details of a property.  It will usually make or break a decision for me.  I also recently discovered TripTease, which has been a fun place to share information.  When it comes to booking a room, I will usually rely on (unless I’m trying to get points, in which case I will go directly to the website and pay a few bucks extra).

Am I missing anything good?

Trip I was most out of my comfort zone. #30stays

I had to think about this one for a moment – ultimately, I landed on a journey I had more or less blocked out – the trip from Galle to Colombo.  While this wasn’t actually worse than driving in India (cows!  people using the road as a toilet!  cars everywhere!), there was something about being completely blocked in traffic for hours when I had to pee and didn’t know where we were actually going or when we would get there that really shut me down.  Our driver was perfectly nice, the car was clean and safe – but somehow I almost forced myself into a panic attack.  Fortunately, that hasn’t happened any other time in my travels except yesterday – thanks a lot 3+ hour delay and 2.5 hour drive in traffic.

Place I can’t wait to take my kids. #30stays

That’s a bit presumptive, is it not, and maker of this challenge?  Let’s not assume everyone wants to (or has the ability to) have kids, shall we?

Let’s say instead I was taking any young person somewhere (whether or not they were related to me).  I would definitely take them out of their home country/environment.  I like both the Emirates and Singapore to be ‘lite’ versions of their regions (Middle East-lite and Asia-lite).  These locations are non-intimidating ways to share a new culture without scaring off a young traveler by completely throwing them into the deep end.  Knowing the Emirates better, I think a 5 day trip in Dubai/Abu Dhabi would be a fun place to explore.

Next question.