Friday, October 21, 2016

Is Mercury in Retrograde Or Something?

It's been one of those weeks.

It started off great--royalties! We always celebrate royalties (and advances, when I was in traditional publishing). Even when the checks aren't big ones. The largest check I ever got was $35,000. The smallest, a royalty for a Silhouette Romance published over twenty years ago, came earlier this year. The amount? $5.78. They fluctuate.

Anyway, after the arrival of quarterly royalties, it was all downhill. Wednesday night, I made the mistake of thinking it would be cool enough overnight to leave the central air off. As a result, I was too warm to sleep comfortably and got only a couple of hours sleep. I was groggy all day. I got in the shower, thinking that would wake me up. Halfway through, we had a power outage--our first in ten years. After trying to finish in the dark, I've come to the conclusion that if I ever go blind, I'm screwed. I already had enough cuts and bruises from my ongoing attempt to declutter our place. (We really need a bigger storeroom--or less stuff!)

With the power off, I couldn't try to catch up on that lost sleep, so I forged on, exhausted. With no electric, I couldn't make lunch, so Collin went to get takeout for us. (Okay, so there was a bright side to this!) I couldn't do any work in the storeroom, either--no windows, so no light. We had already gotten rid of a lot of stuff, though--so much that I mixed up some bags and accidentally sent a bag to recycling that should have gone to the trash. I guess a big bag of recycling ended up in the dumpster....

Fortunately, the power was restored within two hours. With the AC back on, I decided a nap was in order. I had just drifted off to sleep when the phone rage! I couldn't believe it! I was so angry, I could have slammed it against a wall. I hate talking on the phone and rarely do so. I only have one friend I call, and that's because she doesn't have internet service. I even make my doctor appointments via email.

Everyone else knows I do email, so most of the calls I get are wrong numbers. I guess that was the case yesterday, because there was just a number, no name, so it wasn't someone in my phone's contacts app. I snatched the phone up and disconnected the call (that was an accident, really--I just don't answer if I don't recognize the number). Then I turned the phone off so I could sleep for a while.

This is how it goes. I can go weeks without getting a call, and when I do, it's always when I'm dictating (my phone is great for dictation) or sleeping. 

I did get one bit of good news this morning, though: my publisher's new landing page for Chasing the Wind is up, and it looks great! Take a look....


  1. What a week to have!

    Oddly at present all I'm getting from the link is a spinning circle. I imagine it's the system I'm on.

  2. Hugs, things will get better. Do you mean the royalties are there? I just saw the report. It had a Google sign in up top, but you know my issues with Google.

  3. I just got my biggest ever royalty check: It was for $109. Guess I have a way to go, but at least I've never been in the shower when the power went out!

  4. Oh My Goodness your page looks fabulous.
    What a crazy week. I am glad it is over for you.
    I get so many calls from numbers I don't know. If they leave a message (they usually do not) I will listen to it before I delete .

    So now you know DO NOT go blind !
    cheers, parsnip

  5. Wow, Norma. After reading about your day, I need a nap. Whew. Here's to things getting better. Headed over to the page now.

  6. It does look good Norma, I enjoyed reading your author profile again too😊 Gosh isn't it always the way when you have a bad day, it just seems to escalate and then to top it off.....the phone rings😊

  7. I hate the phone too. Cool landing page!

  8. Oh, I hate when the phone rings in middle of the night. That's why we don't have a land line (even when we did, we turned off the ringer). But after having gotten my new cell phone, and knowing no one has the number, it rang in the middle of the night, and I just naturally assumed it might be Dennis playing a little joke and some unfamiliar voice came over the line saying something (yeah, it didn't register that the # said "unavailable"), and I hung up. The phone rang again before I could put it into silent mode. I guessed they heard they had the wrong #, and didn't try again.
    The page looks fab. This book sounds really good. I want to get it someday (as a physical book).

  9. Don't understand how I missed this post but anyway congrats on the cool landing page!


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