Saturday, October 23, 2010

Dawn's End contract

I signed my first book contract today. Dawn's End will be released as an ebook by Noble Romance Publishing. My husband taught me how to do an adobe digital signature. (I feel so high tech.) I'm so excited. Can't wait to see the cover illustration.

I've completed a second draft of the sequel. I've also written an adult modern romance. This could be the start of something great.

I don't think I could have written these happily ever after books ten years ago. Living with my sweet husband, Fred, has given me a new outlook on life.

It's all good.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Compost and Geraniums

What a wonderful weekend. We worked on repair/refinish jobs that have been waiting for months. It was great to have three days doing things together, even with Fred's school work. Every couple needs a long weekend to sleep in, play Scrabble, enjoy the good weather, and help each other with projects.

When we bought this house, there was no trim on the back door. Part of the agreement was that she would finish that before we moved in. It soon became obvious that it was painted without primer. Fred sanded what was left of the paint and now I need a couple more days of above ten degrees to prime and paint it. It was just one more thing the previous owner deceived us about. Someday her karma will catch up and a crucial deception will blow up in her face. That's what I keep telling myself anyway.

About six days ago I cut back my four geraniums in pots, replanted them into smaller pots and brought them in the house. They are doing beautifully after a pretty harsh summer. It was crazy hot and I kept forgetting to water them (under the eaves = no rain water). However, the geraniums that are recovering the most spectacularly are the pieces I threw into the compost heap! There's a message there. :-)

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Kiki Sale

Kiki Magazine for girls is sending a contract for a piece I wrote called "Terror Free Tests." I'm half way through an online course by WOW on writing for children and I've already made a sale. Woohoo!

Kiki Magazine is "For girls with style and substance." It's a gorgeous glossy magazine WITH NO ADVERTISEMENTS. It treats the reader as intelligent, curious, and ethical. There's no gossip, celebrity chasing, trend or label pushing, or articles on boys and dating. It's refreshing to see a quality magazine that respects tweens and early teens. I'm proud they accepted me.

The deadline is December. I've already written it. so I assume it will be printed in 2011. (My goodness, another year gone by so fast.)