Some months ago, my daughter had an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon and received a lesson in the art of ‘efficient’ communication. Rather than a traditional ‘back and forth’ discussion about her issues, he would raise a question and answer it himself. Not great bedside manner, in my opinion, but it was effective use of his time, concisely covering what he deemed to be the pertinent points.
Over the past few months many people have been asking about my “next book” and I wondered if I too could employ the Q & A technique to get my message across.
Am I working on a new book?
Is it finished?
The first real draft is complete and my wife is reading it. She always gets first dibs.
Is this part of the Bedside Manor series?
This is a stand-alone novel.
But what about Dr. Cyrus Mills?
I wrote a plot synopsis for a third book but I haven’t really pushed it yet. I guess life in Eden Falls wasn’t as enthralling to the publishers as I might have hoped.
When will the new book be on shelves?
No idea. It hasn’t even been sold.
Does it involve animals, pets, dogs?
Have you abandoned non-fiction for writing novels?
I’m already thinking about a return to the real world.
So there you have it. As my wife will attest, I’m completely useless at multi-tasking. I couldn’t write the briefest of blogs until my first draft was complete.
Still, now that I have, it feels good to be back.