|Nell Booker's first work as an illustrator, ever, was to create drawings for an edition of Jane Eyre. This is her vision of Jane writing her "autobiography."|
Sunday, June 17, 2012
I love it when the GPS says that. RECALCULATE. My friend Irene Ziegler actually is the voice of many GPS gizmos. She says, "The trick is not to sound condescending when you say RECALCULATE." I must have asked her to say RECALCULATE twenty times because it totally cracked me up.
That one word makes total sense to me. Now and again, we all need to stop and RECALCULATE.
Today I turned in Book #4 in the Southern Beauty Shop series. Another author wrote Books 1-3, under the name of “Lila Dare.” So now, I’m “Lila Dare,” at least when it comes to this series. (Although I don’t know if they’ll want a Book #5, so we’ll see or maybe we'll RECALCULATE.)
I’m awaiting the contract for Book #6 in the Kiki Lowenstein series. Once that's done, I'll step back and RECALCULATE where the series is going and whether I want to continue.
Death of a Schoolgirl will launch August 7. So far, the two reviewers who’ve seen it have been very generous in their praise. I think the concept is good. But who knows? There’s so much of this business that’s out of the author’s hands. I've already turned in Book #2, Death of a Dowager. Now it's up to the marketplace. If it's a bust, then I'll step back and move to Plan B. I have no intention of ever quitting writing.
Today, Sunday, is Father's Day. I plan to hop in the car very, very early with my dogs and my sister, Jane, and we'll drive 15 hours up to Vienna, VA.
Meanwhile, I'm trying to finish Kiki Lowenstein Short Story #7. I never thought the short stories would do so well. I started them as a way to build interest between books, and gosh, don't you know they've taken on a life of their own? Forcing me to--you guessed it--RECALCULATE.
And in the midst of all this...my son decided he was not interested in becoming an engineer. So, he moved to Las Vegas to begin a career as a professional poker player. He made more money in a weekend tournament that his friend did working all summer at a gas station. I said, "I'm not sure I'm comfortable with what this is teaching you."
My son said, "Mom, it's teaching me you make more money using your head."
It isn't the path I expected for him, but...if it's the path that makes him happy, then I'll gladly...RECALCULATE!