I have two things to do today, and yes, I work on Sunday, Any day that ends with a Y is a workday. Always has been. But is what I do really work? I'm at the office seven days a week, usually 9-12 hours a day, except major holidays and NINC. But I just sit in this ...comfortable recliner with my laptop on a swing arm Air Desk, moving only my fingers. No chains to throw, no tarps to wrestle, no bungees breaking and slapping me in the face, no 600-miles of driving before falling into the sleeper exhaused. Compared to what I used to do, this "work" is a breeze. Long hours, yeah. But no real physical effort, which is why I hit the gym five days a week.
The first job of the day, I'm putting on the cans this morning to listen to, read along with, and QC the first third of the Weigh Anchor audiobook, which I've really been looking forward to hearing. I could hire someone to do the quality checks on Nick Sullivan's recording, but why? While a pro sound engineer might have better equipment, they wouldn't hear, or understand, the subtle nuances I write, and which Nick picks up on and brings to life in every audiobook. He's recorded every word I've ever published, and I've always been first to listen. So this is more of a reward than work. Weigh Anchor will be released on November 1 in eBook, audiobook, and paperback formats, and can be preordered now at all the major retailers. Check my website for links.
Second chore of the day, will be to finalize the Friends of the Devil manuscript with Stewart Matthews. Stewart's worked on this third installment in the Jerry Snyder and DJ Martin Caribbean Mystery Series for most of the summer, and I've been adding to, deleting from, revising, polishing, and enjoying the story for the last two months, while putting together the opening chapters of the next Jesse book #27, Swift and Silent. Friends of the Devil is easily the most action-packed book of the series, and probably of all my works. And it's a true who-done-it, with many plot twists and a total surprise at the end. Stewart is a master at weaving little details together that seem like nothing at the time, but are the building blocks of a great mystery. Friends of the Devil will go on preorder later this month with the release scheduled for Christmas Day.
I'll get back to Swift and Silent by the middle of October and it will go on preorder before the end of the month, as well.