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Thursday, January 31, 2008

The really great and the sort of irritating...

Okay--really great?

B-MoonI got it's first review on amazon.com! SQUEEEEEEE! That's it, guys. I mean, there's still some stomach-heaving, nail chewing anxiety out there in the process, but, still, I'm good! You all like it! You really really really like it! (I knew you did...but something about that first written review--I'm telling you guys...it's weird. It's like a baby not seeming human until it's wearing a hat--it makes no sense. But for me and this book thing, it's absolutely true.)

(For some reason my link thing ain't workin' today, so we'll just pretend it is, 'kay?) Okay--also on the 'really great' front, Floyd, a.k.a. Tabitha, is 3/4 of the way through *Bound*. He's still depressed because I apparently represent the proofreading collapse of POD authors everywhere (almost his exact words) HOWEVER, (and it's a biggie!) he'd still rather read one of my badly proofread books as opposed to, say, (another exact quote!) Dan Brown's *Da Vinci Code*. Do check out his blog on www.iuniversebookreviews.blogspot.com (again, sorry, no linkie thingie--I think it has to do with blogging at work!) and let me know what you think. I think that for a guy who SO does not get the genre, he's done a damned fine job of keeping his mind open and his reviewing as professional as possible. And he wishes I would read my manuscripts one damned more time. (I didn't want to point out that I DO read them five times, I really DO! Because that would just make me look pathetic, really.)

Okay--so those things were really really great! And so was Ladybug sitting on my lap , (remember, she's not even two yet) with a size 16 tapestry needle and a pile of buttons, making herself a pretty-pretty necklace. She was SOOOOO GOOD ABOUT IT, TOO! She finished the necklace and her sister put it on her and she was soooooo proud. And I was damned impressed, because the Cave Troll is such an obsessive compulsive spaz about all things crafted that if we tried to get him to do it, he'd squeal until our eardrums bled, and then throw the buttons across the room. So Ladybug is awesome, and I'm surprised! My family doesn't do hand/eye coordination. It does do good verbal skills (which she gots!) and apparently we do extraordinarily pretty children, which I'll brag about as well!

And Ravelry is really great! Flickr works so much better than blogger for pictures! I"m so excited about that! What I am wondering, (and perhaps I should wonder on Ravelry, but so many of us double-dip!) is how I can attach my 11pg. document that I've been working on since I first started to my file, so I can say, "Well, these are the things I've done SINCE Ravelry, but my other stuff is here!"

Because, uhm, people? 11 pages. 10 pt. font. NO pictures. It's only impressive as a mass.

And now for the sort of irritating. Amazon RAN OUT OF MY BOOKS DAMMIT!!! Can you believe that funky assed bullshit? The ordered two books, sold them, shipped them, and for everybody else who was waiting on their book baskets, just yanked the books out of the basket! And not just Bitter Moon I, either! They ran out of ALL my books! And I'm sort of on a hot streak, and nobody buys your damned books if it looks like you're out of print, DAMMIT, and I'm pissed as hell that my publishing company allowed this to happen! I know, I know. I'm a tiny obscure fish in a tinier pond hidden under a rock in a quarry, but still... this fish is pissed and wants to bite the finger off of the big bad quarry-man, because he's stupid and I hate him.

But I understand that shit resolves itself eventually--hopefully before people forget they ever wanted my books!--and Bitter Moon I is good. You all told me and told me, and I finally believe you. And I can relax.

For now.

6 comments:

Siercia said...

A trick, if you're loading your pictures into Flickr anyway - if you go to the individual picture on Flickr, there will be a link on the top that says "all sizes". If you click that, it'll let you chose different sizes of your picture. When you pick one, if you look below the image, there will be a link to the picture.

If you copy and paste that, you can paste the link code into your Blogger post and post your pictures that way. That's how I do it, since Blogger truly is awful to use for posting pictures.

Donna Lee said...

Wait, if I order the book tomorrow (pay day) I can't have one? That sucks. I'll complain to Amazon who advertised the book to me. And Wooot!!! You are on fire. I'm so happy for you. And I can't wait for my copy.

Galad said...

I got my copy from Amazon last night and am about 100 page in. Love it so far and have to find some more reading time tomorrow. IT SO DOES NOT SUCK! And I can so see your family in it which makes me love it all the more. I hope your kids are as proud of your story as the rest of us. (The fact that I've been drinking wine all night does not impact my perception :-)

KnitTech said...

11 pages? That's quite a bit.

MadMad said...

"tiny obscure fish in a tinier pond hidden under a rock in a quarry, but still... this fish is pissed and wants to bite the finger off of the big bad quarry-man, because he's stupid and I hate him"

Best line, ever! Congrats on the reviews, though! Hope the ordering stuff sorts out quickly - 'cuz there's nothing worse than getting to the top of the mountain... and still having to work it, is there?!

Roxie said...

See. See? I told you it doesn't suck! I know, it takes a stranger (that you know isn't saying things just to be nice) for a writer to really believe the acclaim. It takes a certain bold insanity for writers to offer up our tenderest parts to the world, and it is so worth it when a total stranger likes it! Yeehaaa! Happy dances! I told you so! I told you so! Exaultations!