Bit strange being on my own this morning. Only one us should have to be at work by 7am and that one is not me. 🙂 And then I realized that this time next week I’ll be home. Back in the cold. 😦 Talk about a sucky realization. So, I’m cheering myself up knowing I have an entire week left with my Knight and that Joshy (youngest son) will be home for a holiday not long after I am. Also, I cleverly planned a tequila night with my tribe for the Saturday as a distraction. But wait there’s more … I have a slow-cooker waiting for me at home, and as I haven’t cooked for a glorious fucking month (bliss!!) I’m actually looking forward to using it. This has been a creatively productive holiday with the completion of #cryptobyte to the point where I’m fairly happy and it’s out with beta readers for the second time. I’ve begun the next book. (We’ll talk more about that at some stage.) Got some other bits and pieces done for Cryptobyte as well. Ready to talk covers with my cover designer.
“Truck hijackings, missing families, stolen chemicals, distinctive photographs, cryptic text messages, and a friend with a curious dilemma.
Life is never straightforward for FBI Special Agent Ellie Iverson and the Delta teams. Juggling twin toddlers and a new position as Special Agent in Charge of Delta, Ellie answers a request for help from a Missouri Police Officer which calls into play her extraordinary skill set and arrant determination to find the truth and protect the vulnerable.”
Or daughter, whatever. 🙂 So, what’s new? Well, Qubyte is now available from http://www.writersplot.org.nz as a paperback. The launch was fun and occurred at Upper Hutt Central Library on March 22nd. If you were there, thank you for coming if not you can view the video on my Facebook page just search for @cat.connor. There are a couple of signed books available from Writers Plot – the rest are unsigned but I’m happy to sign yours when I’m back from my trip.
That’s right, if you’ve been paying attention on Facebook then you’ll know I’m not in New Zealand at the moment.
I am having a marvelous time with My Knight in Western Australia.
Other news? Cryptobyte is back with notes from my beta readers. So, that’s a step closer to a release date! Next it will fly off to my glorious editor. Was an icky story to write but not too icky as long as I didn’t dwell on it. You’ll see.
Other other news? I started writing the 12th byte. Don’t get too giggly to quick, its completion is a long way off. Not even sure what it’s about yet. It starts with an IED. So, you know, it has promise.
Meanwhile … I have coffee to drink and somewhere to be. 🙂 Take care out there.
Hand sanitizer anyone? You will want some after reading the latest in Cat Connor’s Byte series, QuByte, which deals with biological terror threats.
Special Agent Ellie Iverson (nee Conway) from Delta A, an elite force within the FBI, gets involved in disparate cases – the links between which are a bit of a puzzle: Her FBI Director Cait O’Hare has been killed, as have heads of various intelligence agencies, and the Trump administration’s isolationism makes working with overseas colleagues a bit tricky. And then there’s the kidnapped monkey, and the hit and run of the Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Intelligence and Research, who had managed to sneak out a file hidden in a song that talked about the theft of a mysterious infectious agent, and the proof is in the contaminated bottled water that has been distributed to high-end hotels.
When I first joined Twitter it wasn’t for camaraderie, I wasn’t anonymous, but I also didn’t seek out people I knew. I followed sports media, comedians, people who thought they were both, and the president. While I would occasionally tweet back and forth with Henry Schulman and TJ Quinn, there was no one on Twitter I would consider a friend. With the Giants losing 99 games, the bowl headed idiot moving the Raiders to Vegas, and the deterioration of our nation’s executive and legislative branches Twitter became less important to me and I would go days and weeks sometimes without opening the app. That changed when I started listening to and getting involved with (wait for it) The Break It Down Show. When I started following the Show and Pete and Jon I started interacting with a whole new group of people. I’d get involved in a discussion about music…
Thought I should write a little update. You know, let you all know what we’re up to and what’s going on. So here goes:
The editing of Qubyte is finished and signed off, and the formatting completed for kindle, epub and print!
There is almost a cover for QUBYTE. Almost. You will see it soon. I hope. Hopefully, I’ll have some proof copies before Christmas, but I’m not sure. Depends on the cover and whether the printers can do it.
Would be pretty cool!
In other news – we are definitely on track for a Dec 30/31 release of the ePub and Kindle versions. [Silent scream]
My amazing Knight arrived yesterday. 🙂 Happy days here!
It’s my birthday tomorrow. (It is birthday month – we have a lot of December birthdays. December babies are obviously amazing!)
#ActorKid has her end of year dinner/dance the day after. (Because what you need in year 8 is a posh goddamn formal dance at the Racecourse – Intermediate school is getting ridiculous.)
Christmas party for our Upper Hutt business school support group on Friday. Looking forward to it. Would very much like sun and whatnot, seeing as it’s summer but who knows?