Have to send some e-mails now. Wish me luck.
Or it will be within a few hours. In any case, I'm nervous and excited about having my second book out. Especially because its so different from my first one. More serious, less humor. We'll see how the crowds like it, or not.
Have to send some e-mails now. Wish me luck.
I would have assumed, as a writer, that counting my money would be the big thrill. (Not that I've gotten the check yet but I am all about the planning.) But no, right after the thrill of publishing (which was admittedly huge), the incredible thrill of finishing a book still trumps money. And not just a little, a lot!
I finished "The Dragon's Mage" finally. And its GOOOOD! I am almost excited enough to use more than one exclamation point! That's how excited I am.
Now I'm on vacation. I'm writing this blog and checking my facebook and then the computer is not going on for two days, (after tonight). Plus as a disclaimer: I actually have to work my regular job tomorrow, but, other than that!
I'm powering down, switching off, giving my fingers a rest. Because...I earned it! I. Finished. My. Book!
Then on Tuesday I'll go on working on "Loving Her", and "Beatrice and Douglas" and Editing "The Dragon's Mage." so that it can be released in August. But for now: Yay!!
Time and all the things that fill it are my biggest challenge.
I want to write constantly these days and I have to go to work, or to sleep, or to the dentist.
The dog wants a run and I have to wash my hair some time this week. You know the little things.
But when I can sit and write and really get into a story its the best feeling. The world just disappears.
Then its four hours later and the dog wants a run and my hair still needs to be washed. I have to take a shower and do the laundry and go to bed so I can get up and go to work again.
It's a mad scramble of priorities. A constant challenge...and I'm loving every minute of it.
So yesterday I had a talk with my cousin Megan, who is a musician in the best sense of the word. I had her send me some of her music, which she writes and sings and plays different instruments for depending on the song. I was listening to it this morning and I can't help but feel, every single time, complete awe at her talent. She humbles me and I am proud to have had even a little influence on the person she is becoming. She is following her dream in L.A.
It used to be when I had that thought I would think: What am I doing to follow mine? Today I got to say:
"Hey, I am publishing my writing just like I always wanted."
And that was an amazing feeling. No matter what happens from here, I'm actually doing it right now. And that's pretty cool.
So thanks Megan for being my pioneer, and for you and Ariel and David who bought me my Kindle fire so I could write when its slow at work, and for Michelle who bought me my first lap top, and for Norma who giggled in glee when she bought my first book, and for mom who hates that there is sex in the book and she still brags about it on facebook.
And everyone else who has been so encouraging, thanks. It means a lot.
Anyway I'm going to continue to listen to Megan while I get ready for work and occasionally I'll sniffle because it moves me what she does. Then later I'll get out my kindle fire and
I was writing the day before yesterday, and making good headway. Wrote an awesome fight scene for Journeys end and my main characters were flushed out nicely. Plus I had made a few changes and then the whole story just opened up. When I went back to re-read it yesterday I had lost all of it. All my changes anyway.
I was using my Kindle Fire to write when its slow at work and my computer at home, so when I'm switching from one to the other I save back and forth. Well I saved it wrong and lost it. As soon as that happened I said forget this and got sugarsync. Now as soon as I make a change on one computer it automatically saves it on another, no more usb cord and (yes, computer please copy and replace) every time. Plus all my writing is backed up online in case of crash or other TERRIBLE DISASTER.
I feel like I'm on a commercial- "Thanks Sugarsync!"
Anyway, I now have to re-write it and it might be just as good but still, my mind is already elsewhere in the story and my characters aren't that great at being put on rewind. I feel like I'm living an alternate reality when that happens.
Not that I'm complaining. I'm working as a writer with new verve and boundless joy.
I'm getting PAID to do this.
Apparently, when you write a book and get it published you then have to start a website and a blog. Keeping in mind that while doing all this you still have to take time to write other books and edit them.
Then check to see how your book is selling. 'Cause that's the fun part.
Then take the time to jump up and down in glee, when you sell 40 in one day. Yay!!
Plus work your other full time job because you're just starting out as a writer.
Wow, I'm totally going to need a vacation.
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