"Oh, and I finished a first draft on Saturday."
"What? You were writing another book?"
"Oh. Um, yeah."
"What about the MIND GAMES sequel you are rewriting? And [super top secret project]?"
"Oh, you know, still doing those, too. Just wrote another book in the meantime."
"This has been established."
I used to always do summary posts after I finished a book, giving away details and word count, so on and so forth. Fortunately/unfortunately I've gotten much more secretive in my old age. (Husband: "If [eight-year-old daughter] follows the same timeline you did, you'll be a grandma in thirteen years!" Me: "STOP IT RIGHT NOW NEVER TALK ABOUT THAT AGAIN.")
However, in keeping with tradition, I'll catalog this for posterity. (The posterity that WILL NOT BE MAKING ME A GRANDMA IN THIRTEEN YEARS AHEM.)
This is book twelve. Books one (2006) through three (2008) and book five (2010) will never see the published light of day. Four was PARANORMALCY (2009), six and seven were SUPERNATURALLY (2009-10) and ENDLESSLY (2011), eight was THE CHAOS OF STARS (2011-ish), nine was MIND GAMES (2011), ten (2012) was a book I hope will eventually see the light of day after some editing and finding the right place for it, eleven (2012) was the MIND GAMES sequel, and twelve (2012...obviously) is a book I've been affectionately referring to as either CW Special or Hot Witchy Twins.
(I put in those dates so I can keep it straight in my head because I can never remember these things. Books stop existing for me as soon as I stop working on them. It also gives you an idea of how long it takes from when a book is written to when it is published.) (Also, yes, that's three completed novels this year. I'd like to get in a fourth, actually, but we'll see how editing schedules play out.) (LOOK I DON'T LIKE SLEEPING, OKAY?) (That's a lie, I adore sleeping, sleeping is my favorite. I just like keeping busy, because a busy mind is a happy mind.) (And it means I have an excuse for never getting the dishes done. "Sorry! I wrote another book instead. See?")
It was a fun book, because I needed fun, and it's soapy and chock-full-of-drama and kissing and boarding school secrets and family mysteries. At 70k words it's my longest draft since ENDLESSLY, and I expect it to go up by about 10k in edits. Which...50k word books are so much nicer to edit, lemme tell you. Alas. I'm hopeful that this will be the undetermined fourth book from my last book deal with my fabulous publisher, HarperTeen, but only time and editing (and editing and editing) will tell. Regardless, I had fun writing it, and thus its purpose was fulfilled!
Anyhow. Never let it be said I squander all my free time while the kids are at school. I only squander most of it, and then write feverishly to compensate.