Phew! It took an escape to the library with my computer to sequester myself away from the family, but I just finished my latest Blackbirds revisions. One of my readers urged me to work on my ghost and the creepiness in the book, so I attacked my scenes that included the spirit and have gotten to the point where I'm feeling pretty good. I'm sending the book to another reader in two weeks--a tough-love reader (yes, you Kim). We'll see if I'm still feeling so good about the manuscript at that point, but anything that can make the book stronger is a must. I'm not sending Blackbirds to my agent until this puppy is armed and ready.
On another note, I was interviewed for a New York Times article about 9/11 birthdays. The journalist found me through a blog post I wrote at Suburban Vampire two years ago. I'll spread the word when the article shows up online.