Archive for December, 2006

Tuesday, December 19th, 2006
Reminded again how very fortunate I am…

I was going to whine today about how much I hate needles and getting shots. (I went for a flu shot.) I was going to tell you about the last time I went in for a shot and how the doctor had to actually chase me around the examination table. Yes, I’m that big of a wimp. But I read some news today that once again drove home how petty and insignificant my concerns are. So what if I had to get a flu shot. So what if my decorations aren’t up yet. So what if some of the presents won’t arrive on time. In the scheme of things, these trivial nuisances mean nothing. Will NEVER mean anything. If you have a chance, drop my Ellen Fisher’s blog. She could use all the support she can get right now.

Sunday, December 17th, 2006

Paperback Writer has an interesting blog entry. You all need to check it out. Once you do, I have a question for those of you who are unpublished or between NY contracts. What would you be willing to do in order to land a book deal?

Sunday, December 17th, 2006
Done, Done, Done

I just finished up the last of the Christmas shopping. YAH!!!!!!!!!!!! You have no idea how happy this makes me. I am one of those strange females who HATE to shop anywhere outside of a bookstore. Seriously. Want to make me miserable? Force me to try on clothes. LOL!

I’m only about halfway through my ‘to-do’ list for today. Not sure if I’m going to make it. Still have working out, the Japanese lesson, typing exercises, and manuscript additions to get to before seven-thirty. We’re meeting up with friends later.

I have started a list of things I’d like to accomplish in Jan. 07. It’s a kind of business plan/’to do’ list. I’ve included everything from joining certain organizations to registering for a conference to purchasing a new computer. I’m not sure if the latter will take place in Jan., since we’re going to Japan in Feb., but you never know.

Have any of you started a list? If so, what’s on it?

Thursday, December 14th, 2006
Taking Advice

First off, I’d like to mention that friends of mine, Kathy Love and Erin McCarthy have created a blog/website for promoting their vampire/paranormal books. They even have a ‘vampire’ band. Check it out here.

After reading Patrice’s comment in my previous blog entry, I decided to take her advice and count my accomplishments…instead of worrying about the goals I didn’t meet. I may actually do this every year, since it feels a lot better than staring at a list with only one tick mark on it. *g* (Oh btw, you all need to go over to Patrice’s blog and congratulate her. She’s a finalist in the Prism contest. YAH Patrice!!!) Thank you again for the suggestion. 🙂

Anyway with that in mind, I took a look at this past year. In Jan. I had my fourth Atlantean novel come out (not counting the quickie I wrote). I also sold two more stories to Ellora’s Cave. In addition, in January I mailed off the Harlequin Blaze that was requested. In May, I finished writing RED. In June, I parted ways with my old agent. In August, my current agent offered to represent me. In Sept. Phantom Warriors: Bacchus was released. In October, Tor bought my series. In November, Phantom Warriors: Saber-tooth was released. I’m still waiting on one more project. No idea if I’ll hear anything before everyone breaks for the holidays. My guess is not, but I suppose you never know. I actually have no attachment to outcome on this submission. All in all, it looks like I’ve done quite a bit. Strangely, it doesn’t feel like it.

Julie (her book, The Bargain ROCKS!!!) mentioned in the comments that her agent had written a blog on business plans. I went over to their blog to check it out. There was definitely some solid advice in the article. I know I’ll apply a couple of the suggestions to my 2007 Goal/Accomplishment list.

So what advice have you been given that has stuck with you through the years? (It doesn’t have to pertain to writing.)

Tuesday, December 12th, 2006
Drawing a Blank

Everyone who’s been talking about writing and publishing lately should check out Chey’s latest blog entry. There’s some good advice there.

I’ve been thinking about goals ever since Charli brought it up in one of the comments. I pulled mine out and wasn’t happy with what I saw. Out of the several things listed, I’ve managed to accomplish one. ONE! ONE! How pathetic is that? I believe part of the problem is that I write my goals down, then put them away. I can’t even remember what I ate two days ago. How can I expect to remember my goals, if they aren’t in front of me? Sigh.

I spent this evening looking at my 2006 goals. Well, more like mourning them. I would like to start 2007 out with a better understanding of what I’d like to accomplish. So how many things have I come up with so far? Zip. Nada. Zero. I’m staring at the page like it’s a WIP. 🙁 Sadly, I think the problem is that I have no idea what I’d like to accomplish next year.

What about you? Any ideas for 2007? 2008? The next six months?

Monday, December 11th, 2006
Arguing About Success

I’m blogging two different places today. You can find my first entry here at Fangs, Fur, and Fey.

We had friends over on Friday night. It was a low key evening of pizza and wine. Too much wine, but that’s another story. We played with the Nintendo Wii and then started a conversation (ie argument) about making a living through art.

Why were we arguing (other than the fact that we enjoy arguing with each other)? We were arguing over what ‘types’ of dues an artist has to pay in order to make a living through creativity. That morphed into a heated discussion over what it means to be a success. Now this is where it gets weird. *ggg* He was arguing ‘for’ my success and I was arguing ‘against’ it. (Yes, you need to read that last sentence again.)

Here’s the thing I realized once we finished. He considers me a success because I’m multi-published. I don’t consider myself a success because I can’t support myself yet from my writing. I know we’ve had a few discussions throughout the years about success. I also know that the success finish line moves rather regularly. Right now, on this day, what would make you feel successful in your career?

Friday, December 8th, 2006
Radio Stations

I love the radio stations this time of year. A couple play continuous Christmas music. I find myself singing along, even after they start repeating their program. *g* I’m still addressing cards. It takes a long time to get that many signed and stuffed. I haven’t managed to get the tree up yet either. :-O Going to have to remedy that soon.

Where are you all at in your holiday preparations?