- One week more...(singing in my head to the tune of "One day more" from Les Miz. After almost a year and a half, and too many rounds of edits to count since I started working on it, my first novel will be making it's debut on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013. Thanks to Loose Id. Thanks to Mindy Fausey, my editor at Loose Id. Thanks to April Martinez for the sultry cover art (viewable on The Wikomsette page), and to friends and family that gave me feedback and encouragement. Soon will come more nail biting as I wait to see if anyone reads it. A week from today!! My first book, The Wikomsette (erotic sci-fi) will be released by Loose Id publishing. It's been close to a year and a half since I started this story. I've read it from start to finish more times than I can count to edit, and edit and re-edit... Feeling so happy, and chewing on my nails wondering if people will actually read it once it's out. So thankful for every step in this process though. Each step felt like a victory on it's own. I hope I write many more books and appreciate these thrills every time.
Ah, that great mystery that is The Internet! Well, not such a mystery to some, but for those of us who are not as technically savvy as we'd like to be...
Our home internet service is, for some reason, not functioning at all during the day, but comes on at night. Little internet elves messing with me? I think so. At any rate, I've been making extra trips to the local library just to stay up on life. It's funny to think that something I didn't know existed until several years after it began, is now a vital necessity. But, there it is. I am trusting that someday very soon, the internet provider (or elves), will fix this problem. Do provider elves realize the immense power they have over me? I can only pray they never figure it out. Think of what they could do. "Now, Ms. Lavere, if you ever want to see your precious internet access again..."
So I've fallen behind in my online life. Here's the catch up:
1. Kids are back in school, giving me more time for writing.
2. The Wikomsette has come back to me for another "final" edit. All right, maybe the editors never actually said any of the other edits were "final", but I kept thinking they were. All I can say, is this book is going to sparkle like a diamond by the time it hits the internet "shelves". Providing, of course, that the internet elves do their magic in stocking said shelves.
3. That's it, because I have to finish this round of proofreading and get the notes back to my editor by early tomorrow, if the elves will be kind enough to deliver them.
Thought for the day: If I got by without something before, I can probably get by without it again. But that doesn't mean I won't crab about it. :)
Okay, so I'm not really crying. However, I may or may not have done a lot of cursing this afternoon as I ended up missing a flight I was trying to book because a certain "Customer Service Rep" (and boy, do I use that term loosely) kept sending me away to figure out how to book the flight by myself, online, instead of just booking me the dang seat! Yes, I realize that was a very long, rambling, run on sentence, but that's what kind of a day it's been. By the time I got all my beans in the jar, so to speak, on their website (40 minutes later) the last available seats were gone. If you are thinking, "How inept is she, that she doesn't know how to book a flight online?" I would like to say that I have indeed booked myself flights before, but there were some additional, very boring circumstances, that made this situation more complex. Thus, the need for customer service assistance. So, while my tush goes numb on the airport floor, where I have secured one of the few outlets to charge my phone and computer, I wait for the next flight, that may, or may not, take me home. It is overbooked as well, and I will be waiting with hope shimmering in my eyeballs, for a standby seat to open up. Oh please, somebody booked on the flight, decide to cancel! I would really like to get home today, and see my eldest child off for her first day of school tomorrow.
So that's my airport story. As for the dancing, that was a far more positive experience. A week long camp with dedicated young girls, and boy, focusing and sweating and striving for perfection. It was quite satisfying as a teacher, to see improvements here and there, over the course of the week. As a dancer, it was quite satisfying to be so sore I could barely move outside of class for the first three days. In addition to the class time, I enjoyed many in depth conversations with the primary teacher/owner of the dance school. Conversations mostly about dance and performances, but with some good girl-talk tossed in for spice. :)
And that brings us to the writing. Mostly this week, there were only writing related activities. Getting the files for my new cover art downloaded and up in varying places, updating my website and FB pages, and the like. There is still more to be done in the online presence and promotion area, as the release date for The Wikomsette skips ever closer. Only 2 weeks and 2 days left!!! I can hardly believe that so soon I will be achieving a lifelong dream of becoming a published author. On top of getting ready for the book release, I've been trying to decide which of my other projects I want to primarily focus on next. After bouncing back and forth between the autobiography, and the supernatural YA, I believe I have settled on the supernatural story. I'm not one of those multitasking authors that can jump back and forth in my works and get anywhere. Time to knuckle down and go at that thing until it's finished!
Thought for the day: It's wonderful to meet new people and make new friends, but there is just something special about those people who knew you back when. They can never be replaced.
Having an awesome time at dance camp! Teaching some very hardworking young dancers and setting choreography for the most advanced of the group. As I predicted, I have been very sore. Several years have passed since I taught this much (about five hours a day). It is reminiscent of my youth, spent at summer dance intensives, especially the pain. Last night I could barely pull my jeans on and off from being so stiff and achy. Today, in addition to teaching, I got to take a class and learn a little choreo. I expect to be unable to get out of bed in the morning, but it's all worth it!
In other happy news, the files for my new book cover arrived. You can see the lovely cover art by April Martinez, by clicking the tab above labeled "The Wikomsette". This has been an amazing, wonderful year so far, and I have a feeling it's only going to get better! :)
Well, I've been bopping all around this summer. Now I'm off to teach at a dance camp for a week. I expect to have a wonderful time, and to be in a lot of pain, because I'm not exactly in dancing condition currently. I blame it on all the time I spent at my computer working on my novel, for which I am not one bit sorry. Only 3 and 1/2 more weeks until The Wikomsette is released! Today the blurb went up at the Loose Id website, and I also got a revised draft for the book's cover. It's very nice and I'm so pleased. I can't wait to share the cover, and the book! Feeling so blessed, joyful, and grateful. :)
Yeah that's right, I watch the Bachelor and Bachelorette shows. I prefer The Bachelorette. Why? Because it's fun to vicariously experience twenty-five guys fighting for attention, and window shopping through the men to pick my favorites. This season was the best, in my opinion. To be honest, there are usually only one or two guys that I find even remotely interesting. But, the show really came through with the cream of the crop for this season's Bachelorette, Desiree. These men were sweet. They were charming. And they all had smokin' hot bods!
In my upcoming novel, The Wikomsette, the heroine has multiple husbands. At times I've wondered just how far fetched her situation would be in the real world, but as I watched Desiree's choices whittle down to the final five or so, I thought, "Yep. I really could do every one of them, plus a few she already sent home!"
Without giving away the finale' for anyone that hasn't yet seen it, I will say that the last man to get the boot was the one I fell the hardest for. The fantasies about consoling him have already commenced...
It was a fun ride, and I wish all of the show's participants the best. As for me, I'll now get two or three extra hours a week back for the things I ought to be doing; reading, writing, dancing etc. That is, until my favorite Fall shows return. :)
Well, I was off taking care of family members for some time. After returning home, I spent over a week catching up on everything here. Now, I'll be off again, to teach at a dance camp, before returning home to settle in for the upcoming school year. Then I can get back to writing, writing, writing! I do miss it! This week, however, my creative energies must be spent on choreographing, which I also enjoy. And in the nooks and crannies of my daily routine, I am squeezing in as much research as possible to prepare for my upcoming book release. There is so much to learn, and so much to do, but what an exciting time!
Thought for the Day: Never doubt yourself. If anyone else is doing it, then why not you? If no one else has yet done it, there is always a first time for everything. :)
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