Friday, August 27, 2010

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!

I had chocolate cake for breakfast because I've been good.

Then I went and had to work. But it was okay. My husband, who drives a bus too, managed to go grab a card from the student center bookstore, and secretly left it on my seat so that when I came back from a break, there is was. (All together now:

Awwwwwww)

Now that I'm off that bus, ready to relax some, champagne is chillin' and so are the glasses. Nope. Not any special number, it's just because I felt like it.

I am at an age (106 in vampire years) where I've gone through a lot of things. And writing has been part of my adult life. I used to dream of having a best seller, and be able to write for a living, but at this late stage of the game, and knowing what to expect from the traditional venue, I know it's not gonna happen. Not unless someone sees what I wrote and just has some crazy idea to make it into a movie.

When you get to this age, you realize that everything you've tried--for decades--just ain't working. I'm a realist. I don't have time to wait for an editor or an agent to "get back to me". I waited 5 weeks on the last one. Then my Internet was shut down--because of that phone company, which I got rid of--and due to that, my e-mail changed and I'll never know if she ever did get back to me, but I don't care right now. I can take a hint. Plus, I figured if she couldn't get back to me, I wasn't going to go groveling to her. I'd already had a POD publisher tell me they would like to publish my book.

It's apparent to me that I'll be driving a bus until I can retire. But I'd like to have my books out there. I'd like to earn a little cash, and I know that the vampire novels will be popular, since everything vampires is still hot--in books, on TV, and the movies. I'm not going to wait around for another year sweating, wondering if the same will be true then. I might have sold 85 books with my first one, "Spell of the Black Unicorn". If I did that well with that first one, how much better might I do with the vampire one. A lot of people's eyes bugged when I mentioned I was working on a vampire novel.

So, this is where I'm at. I know I've improved my writing since that first one, and I'm working on a few edits before I hand "Vampire Ascending" over to Copper Hill Media, and get a signed contract from them. After I make sure that they didn't change anything that goes against me from what they have at the on-line contract, then I'll sign up with them for sure.

Now, hmmmm, I think it's time for my scheduled bubble bath.

9 comments:

  1. Happy birthday, Lorelei! Hope it's the best one yet!

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  2. Happy Birthday! Hope you enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Happy Birthday Lorelei. Your copy of Feeders is on its way to you. Sorry it didn't get there in time for you to read while you're having that bubble bath. giggle

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  4. Happy birthday! Enjoy the champagne and the other thing you've got scheduled. ;)
    Congrats on the book. No matter what, you have accomplished something great; you took a thought or series of thoughts and formed a story. You and I both.
    Later, probably with some White Zin, I will raise a glass to both your birthday and our books. Have a great weekend.

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  5. Happy Birthday :)
    I just had my birthday too!
    I hope your chocolate cake was as good as mine!

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  6. Happy birthday and congrats with the book! There are plenty of sucessful self-pubbed authors out there. Don't give up!

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  7. Thank you, guys!

    E.J. Wesley: it wasn't the very best, but it was pretty good, considering it started out with chocolate cake and ended with champane!

    J.L. Jackson: My weekend didn't start until I came home today (Saturday), but yeah, it's a pretty day out there. Thanks.

    Anita: Thank you. I'm waiting for the book, watching for it, and can't wait to find it in my mail or at my doorstep and will begin reading it!

    James Garcia Jr.: Thank you for your thoughts and well-wishes, and drink up. I'm hoping to get this out there soon.

    Amealia: Happy belated birthday to you, and thanks! It was very yummy.

    Marissa: Thank you for your continued support, and words to keep my hopes up.

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  8. Happy Birthday! I'd sing but then people would run screaming. Best of luck with Copper Hill Media, I hope it goes wonderful and is the key to finally breaking out!

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