Celebratory Dinner

So I had a craptastic day today. Rather than dwelling on the spectacular craptasticness I am going to belatedly post pictures of the celebratory dinner that my nearest and dearest girls took me out to when I got my contract.

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So above you see Sarah, Shannon, Sara, Mandy, Alta and of course me. There were some others that couldn’t be there that were missed, but we had a blast and Mandy and I had a pitcher of margaritas. Each. They were little pitchers at least. 🙂

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Miss me?

Okay so I was trying not to disappear, but I haven’t wanted to say much more about my book until I actually had the contract in my hands. There was the initial need to share the news because I would have burst if I hadn’t and then the long, long wait for me to have the actual contract. I’ve got it now and after one more read through will be signing it and sending it off to the publisher. Yay!

In the mean time, I’ve been busy. Possession is now Realm Walker. Edits are done complete with the dedication and acknowledgements. Everything was shipped off to the copy editor last week. Book two, which has the working title of Purity, has a delivery date of March 30 so I’ve got 4 months to finish it and get it polished to my liking before handing it over to my editor. Like I said, busy.

What about you? What’ve you been up to?

It Finally Happened!!! (And I missed it)

That’s right, the call I waited my entire life for came and I missed it, I was at work. That call came from Angela James at Carina Press who left me a very nice voice mail to tell me she was very sorry she missed me but she’d send me a follow up email. Even without any of the details, I squeed. Yes, I said squee. I’m not ashamed to admit it.

When the email came, I might have actually screamed a little. You see, the email told me that not only did they love Possession and wish to extend an offer on it, they wished to offer on the second book in the series as well. I was completely blown away. Obviously I accepted and I’m thrilled to be added to Carina’s fabulous roster of authors.

When chosing where to submit to, Carina topped the list not only because of their reputation, but I really felt Possession would be a good fit there. I also knew that being a digital publisher the production schedule would be much faster and they would be much more likely to end up wanting the full series. And I guess that’s true since they picked up the first two.

So I’ll keep you guys updated as I have information to share. In the meantime, I need to finish that second book. 🙂

Oh, my head!

So this post has absolutely nothing to do with writing unless you want an explanation of why I haven’t been doing much of it. I have migraines. I have had them since I was 16 years old. They are an old enemy, one I am unfortunately most familiar with. But they’re changing their MO and I don’t like it.

I got a headache on the evening of 8-12. Over the next several days I tried 4 prescription meds, 4 over the counter meds and had an MRI. Finally on the afternoon of the 23rd I went to the ER. You read that right. 12 days of a constant, non-ending headache. The wonderful doctor in the ER was quite possibly my favorite person in the world when she looked at me and said I would be pain free before I left the ER or they would admit me. First they gave me a shot of the stuff they’ve given me every other time I’ve had a nasty migraine. It did nothing. They did a CT scan then they gave me another combo of 3 drugs. Again, still in pain.

The doctor said she could give me stronger stuff but I’d have to stay so they could monitor me. I, of course, opted to stay. The gave me a shot of the same drug they gave me when I was in labor. Still had the headache. After the 2nd shot of it about 6:30 in the morning, it finally, finally broke through the headache.

I came home with 3 prescriptions, one of which I can’t take as it makes me sick. (That was of course the preventative) and one that cost a little over $10.00 a pill. I have two doctor’s appointments this week to follow-up and I’m also having to fill out FMLA paperwork for my job since I’ve missed so much the last couple of weeks. And will probably continue to miss as we try to figure out what the heck went wrong with my brain.

So that’s been my life the last couple of weeks. I missed out on seeing a friend speak at a writer’s meeting I’d been wanting to go to, and my little cousin’s birthday party. There were many words that went unwritten and many instances where my children were told to play in their rooms because they were too loud for mommy. It’s that last bit that kills me. It’s not fair to my kids that I can’t be the mom they deserve because I’m in pain so much.

Anyway, I tried to remedy the writing thing a bit tonight and got some editing done. As for the kids thing, I spent as much time as I could with them since I got home from the hospital. And they haven’t been told they were being too loud once. 🙂 Here’s hoping we figure something out so I can be a more productive mom and writer.

Title Optional

I have the worst time coming up with titles for my WIPs (that’s works in progress for you nonwriter types). My working titles are usually either the main character’s name or some generic word that identifies the story for me. When it actually comes time to put a real title on something it takes me forever. And usually two or three conversations with some of my closest writer type buddies. Working titles on my computer right now include things like Alphas, Sleeping zombie, and parking lot. I think I only have three things with actual titles out of my numerous files. That would be Possession, Purity and Enemy Hearts.

And then there are the people I envy that can whip a title out in like three seconds. These are the people you want to become friends with so you can email them and say “Hey, I have this book…”

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