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Catching up and getting back to Normal

October 20, 2009

I haven’t written in a while. I feel like so much has happened that I’m not quite sure where to start. Obviously I survived my Week of Hell being laid up with a spinal tap (lumbar puncture) leak – oh and now I have a new thing I would never wish on anyone.

Good news is the Lyme’s didn’t make it to my brain. Still taking the super strong antibiotics to kick the bacteria’s butt and I probably have at least another two weeks left of it.
Supriya got my ass in gear and really helped kick my edits of V V into overdrive. I should be done with it before the end of the month. Leaves me wondering what to do – keep submitting to NY publishers and agents or seriously consider starting my own publishing house?
My website isn’t ready yet. Even though I’ve designed it through Rapidweaver I’m apparently missing a crucial step in getting it live b/c no matter how many times I attempt it, it still doesn’t work. Moving on from that kettle of fish. I’ll work on it next week. Gee, and can I mange to design my own apple app for V V? Hmm…I’m thinking it will be a challenge to say the least.
Planning for NaNoWriMo!! I’ve got some new friends and fellow writers that have connected to me through Facebook and the various writing guilds to write a book next month. Supriya is coming over today for a planning/plotting session. We’re working on her book as well as mine. Very Cool.
Lastly, all of this good stuff helps to balance out the depressing fact that I’m trailing in the textnovel Dorchester contest. Out of the 21 entries ahead of me only 7 are editor’s picks, which really makes me feel like mine had a real chance of making it in the top ten.
The literary agent that started the site told me he couldn’t represent me with V V because his wife would kill him if he represented erotic fiction. Uh, hello? Erotic fiction? Apparently he doesn’t read the bestsellers for Urban Fantasy right now, because mine is right in line with them. My book actually doesn’t have enough sex to be erotica, and I should know because I read erotica. The good news is he asked if I had anything else to please send it for him to review.
Sadly, I do not. And I like writing the sex scenes. They’re always some of my favorite parts in the books I read (except for LKH when they go on for a 100 pages and six partners, please already!!).
I’m going to start hounding every person I know to vote. What my friends and neighbors haven’t figured out yet, and neither have the Facebook fans, is — that no vote means no invite to the publishing party when the book finally does sell. And I have user IDs on textnovel, so I know who votes.
Seriously, if they can’t log on to a site and give me a vote why am I going to fill them full of food and booze? I’m starting to hate those ‘sunshine blowers’ that say all the good stuff to my face but won’t actually help me in the contest.
Mean people suck. Moving on. Get rid of the negative energy — time to PLOT!
Enjoy your day!
C.J.
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2009 10:55 am

    Hey CJ — glad to hear that there's no Lyme disease in your brain, and that the antibiotics are working hard to kick that nasty infection.I'm featuring a new writer on my blog tomorrow for Writer's Wednesday, but I'll give your book a plug and try to get some more votes for you. Your writing style is very easy to read — I enjoyed the snipped I read of VV, and it does deserve it's chance on the shelf of B&N!(PS — I remember voting over at Textnovel but if I didn't, please feel free to tell me and I'll hop over there and do it post haste!)

  2. October 20, 2009 5:09 pm

    I'm pretty sure you did 😉 I will have to check the user ids to be sure, but not everyone uses their names. Don't worry – your party invite is safe!You've been great, thanks so much for your support. How are the book sales coming?

  3. October 21, 2009 4:52 pm

    Honestly — I don't know, as I've resisted the temptation to ask my publisher "how many today?", something like a kid on their way to Disney World ("are we there yet?"). It's slow going at first, and I wish I'd done what you're doing, building a fan base months and months ago, before the book was published. Ah well, hind sight is always 20/20. But now that I'm out here, it's alot of fun meeting talented, supportive people like yourself!Good luck at Textnovel and my fingers are crossed for you!

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