So San Francisco was fantastic! We saw everything you would want to see there in the fastest tour imaginable. Two sets of tour guides, three cats and a dog. Oh yeah, and two airports. We went to the wrong one this morning (completely my own fault) and missed our flight back. Now I won't get home until about 1 am. Stuck in LA CA then Phoenix then home. I will post photos this week of my great time and new friends - two legged and four legged. Great, great time.
Whenever I see a movie from my past like Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles I am reminded of how quickly life is moving. Just yesterday I was a teenager with my whole life ahead of me and endless possibilities. I woke up today, 44 years old and realize that I will never be younger than right now. I actually get sad at the end of those great movies because I long for the carefree days and great 80s music. I really did have the last best childhood. Kids today will never understand how a lot of us grew up. I sound like I'm 80, I know. What a fantastic time it was to be a teenager. The Cure, REM, 10,000 Maniacs, Duran Duran. Techno at its finest! Music was our outlet and our wardrobe was crazy! Name brands didn't matter as long as it was bright or all dark. Great times. I'd go back.
Tomorrow I am headed to San Fran for a quickie vacation on the coast. It has been a long time since I visited California. Ahhh! I probably won't want to go home. I will be doing all the necessary touristy things... Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars etc. and hopefully vegging as well. I will be hanging out with some of my new writer friends and hopefully will get the chance to hang out with my editor! I am looking forward to a weekend away but I will miss my baby Molly.
As part of my cyber self-stalking, I like to see how Jolt is doing in other countries. Right now, it's doing better in other countries than the USA. That surprises me. What I really want is another good review. Right now I am at 23 reviews. What an odd number. It's unsettling to me. Prime, odd, and just not cool so I am asking for another review. I'd like to be at 24. That's a nice, comfortable well rounded number. And it would make me have a better weekend.
Here's the thing about me that I like... I am comfortable wearing dresses or suits and ties. I think I will wear a dress at the Lammys and a suit at the Goldies. Throw everybody off a bit. I grew up in the 80s where I developed a love of rolled up suit jackets, ties and Docs. Of course a really cute summer dress wasn't out of the question either. I'm versatile. And I have really cool shoes.
So at GCLS in July they will have an author auction. I asked a fellow writer what that means and she said several authors volunteer to be auctioned off for a lunch or dinner date. As fun as that sounds, I am afraid nobody really knows me so nobody would bid and that would be horribly embarrassing. It will be an interesting week!
It's not like I need to lose a lot of weight. Just around ten pounds. With the holidays so close together and the temptation of so many sweets, it's just hard to stay on the wagon. Christmas and ALL the candy. Valentine's Day and ALL the candy. I went into Walgreens for lotion and came out with King Size Reese's eggs. It's just not fair! I am going to have to go off grid. Sigh. After Easter, I should be in the clear. Then there is birthday cake... Another sigh.
So who's going to the Rainbow Book Fair in New York on April 18? I am and I would love to see you there. Come out and support all LGBTQ publications and writers. I'm excited to meet some of my favorite writers and meet new ones. I also want to meet the wonderful readers who support us. Yeah! And it's spring!
So today when I should have been napping, I decided to see what major retail stores are selling my book. Yes to Amazon and B&N, but it was interesting to see it at Target and Walmart. I know everybody gets tired of hearing about Jolt, but this whole process really has been so much fun! If you have a story in your head and your heart, write it down. It's so worth it. Editors are there to make it TONS better and you become a part of a wonderful team with other writers who support you and give you great advice. Plus you meet great readers who appreciate your efforts and love your characters as much as you do. There is no bad. Well the occasional bad review is a downer, but that's about it. I was lucky enough to find a mentor to help me deal with everything and share her experiences at the beginning of the process. Go write. Submit. Become a part of this fantastic experience!
So for probably the first time in forever, I didn't change the batteries in the smoke detectors in time. Yes, in time. I was awakened by Molly pacing and panting and jumping up and down on and off of the bed completely freaked out because a detector somewhere was chirping once every two minutes. I ended up changing the batteries in all four this morning at 5:30. It's 8 and she still won't leave my side. She was completely tramatized by the event. She won't even eat her breakfast and her tummy is making wicked empty noises. I had visions of sleeping in this morning. I even opened the window so the cold would force me to snuggle deeper under the covers. Sigh. So my Saturday started off early. I am ready for a nap and I haven't even eaten breakfast yet.
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