I’m not totally satisfied with the ending, but then, when am I ever?
But I am done and ready to move on to something else, specifically Fen. I haven’t decided what I’m doing with Cici yet. Probably publishing her, mostly because she makes me laugh. She is very much my sense of humor. I haven’t really edited or revised her at all, though, apart from a quick run through where I deleted a bunch of extra words: probably, actually, really, just, truly, simply, seriously, manage, and some.
However, I am willing to share! If you want to read a first draft, let me know in the blog comments and make sure to include your email address in the appropriate field (unless you’re positive I already know it). Also, if you want it in a format other than a Kindle file, tell me that, too.
In other than book news, there’s been lots of Christmas in my life this week. I went to the Candlelight Processional at Epcot with a friend last Wednesday, which was lovely. Neil Patrick Harris was the narrator, and the music was beautiful. On Friday, I went to another Christmas musical event at a huge Baptist church in Orlando. Very loud, very majestic. When they burst into “Joy to the World,” it was glorious. On Sunday, I saw my third Christmas musical at the Methodist church in Mount Dora. I should be thoroughly in the Christmas mood by now.
I’m not really, though. Partly, I’ve been obsessed with Cici. And partly, Zelda is reminding me on a daily basis that we’re running out of time. Grown-up Me knows that means I need to be sure to appreciate every day: Kid Me would really prefer to stop time right now. I know I claimed to have a ZLSP (Zelda Loss Survival Plan) in development, but… well, I think the ZLSP starts with a broken heart, no matter how good it is.
But today is what it is, and what it is, is the 7th anniversary of the publication of A Gift of Ghosts! Hmm, that almost tempts me to just put Cici up on Amazon. I was so much more relaxed seven years ago. My plan back then was to write a million words and then consider whether really I wanted to be a writer. By now, I’m supposed to be hard at work as a therapist. Ha.
I have no idea how close I am to my million words, although Grace was probably half a million all by herself. Those wouldn’t count, though, because it had to be a million words I was willing to share. But the short stories up in the Scribbles section would count. I should add them up and see how close I am.
I’m not actually sure I need to, though. Post-Grace, I could definitely see giving up on being a writer. Post-Cici, I know that I am a writer, whether I’m earning my living at it or no. It might be a terrible job, but it’s not a hobby I ever want to give up, because when it’s fun, it’s really, really fun. Regardless of whether Cici ever earns a dollar (and obviously, she will, because my dad would always be willing to buy her!), she was a delight to write.
Carol Flavell said:
I would be willing to buy Cici…you are a wonderful writer xx
Aw, thank you! I’m working on edits now, so you will get your chance soon!
I’d love to read Cici. firstname.lastname@example.org is my email. Sharon Collins
I’d love to read this most recent creation! Non kindle format, please.
Sent! I hope you enjoy it even though I already told you all the good parts, LOL!
I would love to read Cici. You have my kindle email don’t you?
I don’t think I have your Kindle email, but I’ll send it to your yahoo address and you can forward it to your Kindle. I’m pretty sure it won’t work coming from me to your Kindle, anyway, unless you approved me as a sender somewhere along the way.
Barbara Anderson said:
I would love to read Cici too, and my email is email@example.com. I love your books, and my son did too!
Sent! And I’m glad your son liked them, too!
me, me, me–pick me! pick me!! LOL I’d love to read Cici… and you should absolutely publish it. ANYTHING you produce will be purchased, by not just your fans, but those who catch a glimpse of your writing. Yep. No question about it.
I hope you don’t mind if I make you wait a couple of days until I have a cleaned-up version. I’m five chapters into an editing pass and while there aren’t a ton of errors, there are plenty. And you’re so good at catching typos that I’d really rather have your eyes on a just-about-to-be-published version. But Wednesday or Thursday, at the latest!
I’d love to read Cici. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed all you’ve written firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi Sarah, I would love to read your new book, email@example.com .
Thank you very much.
Carol, Wellington, NZ
Sent! But you’ll have to let me know if you get it. I don’t think Kindle addresses will accept emails unless it’s from an approved address and I don’t imagine that you’ve approved my address before. I think it’s a good chance that it’s just going to disappear into the ether.
Is love to read Cici..😻 firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh what a funny lady you are. …my dad would always be willing to buy… As if he were the only one. I want to read it but I will wait to buy it. I am very possessive of books I truly love and know I will want to re-read. For example everything you have written.
I’m not the one to tell you that you need to be a writer because I don’t listen to myself. But I hope you will continue to write an publish either as your sole profession or a second profession.
🙂 Thank you! Warm fuzzies this morning, I appreciate it!
Kyla Bendt said:
I definitely want to read it too!