Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Another Rainy Tuesday

Another rainy and gloomy day. Apparently winter is the rainy season in this part of Texas, although frankly we've had a very wet year since I arrived this spring. But it doesn't matter. I'm looking on the bright side! It's light jacket weather for me -- in MID-NOVEMBER! I've only had one day that was cold enough that the body was in pain, stiff and rebellious about moving. Normally by this time of year I'm having to take hot baths periodically just to keep moving. I've had people say that it's psychosomatic. To which I respond horse sh**, bull hockey, and several less printable things. Because a lot of it has to do with circulation, which is affected by the thyroid and pituitary problems. So, "nah, nah, nah nah nah. Plttt! and SO THERE!" (That was childish, but really fun! :) ) I really am in a very good mood. Funloving and snarky -- the kind where you want to blow soap bubbles, if that makes any sense at all. (It may not.)

First, the previous book in the Tor series we're in hit the USA Today Bestseller's List. Since we're doing better on Barnes & Noble, and Amazon than that book I'm very excited and hopeful! It would be seriously cool to make a bestseller's list with our second book! I'm trying not to get ahead of myself, but judging from what we can find out about orders (there's all kinds of formulas for Amazon ranking, B&N ranking, a phone number you can call about Ingrams, etc.) it looks as though we're going to earn out our advance straight out of the box. This would be SERIOUSLY COOL! It also bodes well for our future career.

Also, we saw a color ad that was placed in "Affaire de Coeur" a major romance magazine. It's absolutely gorgeous, and is solely for Hunter, not the whole line. I tried to forward it to Mom, but it didn't go through, so Cathy printed her out a color copy on photo paper that I can send with the RT magazine with the big review.

I don't know if I already mentioned it or not (may have, haven't re-read previous posts), but in our web search we came across a group in Germany (the text was in German) where they are fans who are on pins and needles waiting for OUR BOOK. The site was about Hunter! Way cool! Cathy and I both responded. (She had someone who could translate.) I responded in English.

The Werewolf Cafe is going to run the first chapter of Moon's Web for the next full moon. We were very well received last time. This is very exciting stuff. Also, we heard about some charity doings that we may be contributing to along with some *very* big names in the business next year. We've been invited to be on a panel. Cathy's speaking at the RT conference, and working as judge for a contest. LOTS of good things, good news. HAPPY HAPPY.

Things on the personal front are coming along. Not perfect, but improving. It's slow going, but it IS going. One day at a time. My health isn't perfect, but it's hanging in there. Some of my relationships are a little strained because of distance and things I have to do for my health and to get enough rest. That makes me sad, but I really DO have to take care of myself. It's not something that anyone else can do for me. I only get one body, and I have to keep it running as well as I can. I know it's inconvenient for other people (believe me, it's not exactly easy for me either), but it is necessary. Part of the problem is that I don't *look* sick, another is that it's cumulative. No one of the things wrong with me causes the whole problem. UGH.

ENOUGH OF THAT. It's ruining my bubble blowing mood! :) My birthday is coming up on the 22nd. The book is being shipped on the 30th. The first anthology is out (with Ian in it). I have been WRITING!!! (Actual page production that is LEADING TO THE CONCLUSION OF A DRAFT MANUSCRIPT!!!) I REFUSE to be bummed! Tonight I may even get the chance to READ! I love reading, but lately I've been too tired at the end of the day. Tonight I feel GOOD.

Well, I will go now. If anyone is reading this, have a GREAT, TERRIFIC, WONDERFUL evening -- because I surely do intend to!



Anonymous said...

You have a GREAT, TERRIFFIC and WONDERFUL evening too, ha, ha. I can't wait to see that great cover for the new book, I think covers are very helpful in getting across the message of a book, it's like a visual statement of the book itself, I think covers are very key. Germany? Wow, that's pretty darn cool, you should make their site a link on your site if you already have an international booksite/fansite starting out there, how cool is that? The web is truely amazing, I do gotta say that. Is the book being translated into German? I figure I better ask my questions of you two now, because I have the feeling on the 30th your lives are going to change big time. Oh, to anybody reading this, Cie and Cathy are cool, check out their book and check out the two online chapters of "Hunter's Moon" and the one online chaper of "Moon's Web" (I did), they are fun reads! If anybody from Germany reads this, you guys rock (I'm German too, ha, ha). Peace and goodnight! Cie, happy early birthday. Oh, and sorry about your health issues, I didn't know that.

Anonymous said...

Opps, forgot to mention in the last comment that it was from:
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