Tuesday, February 17, 2009

to-do tuesday

yesterday was a nice balance of getting things done and lazing around. i cleaned my bathroom and bedroom, the laundry room and the entry way. i did five or six loads of laundry, and made four pot pies - one turkey, three chicken - out of all the leftover meat and broth from the soup Beloved made for me and libby while we were sick.

i worked on the new novel for a few hours, and it felt good because it'd been so long since i looked at it. im planning on emailing jenn today to ask for a status update on the manuscript on submission AND my royalty money from the spanish release of once & future love.

once & future love is a time-travel romance i wrote back in the early 90's. when i started it, i was still married to crazy-ex. unfortunately, for the hero, at any rate, i made an association between the hero and the husband and when things started to get bad for us relationship-wise, things got really bad for my poor hero health-wise. somewhere around page 100 i realized i had to break the association in my head, because otherwise, the hero was going to have to die given all the horrible things i was inflicting on him.

so i swiftly transferred the core of my hero over to my new boyfriend, who happened to be Beloved. when the book was published, and Beloved read it, he called and said, annie, i don't want to presume, but this guy sure sounds a lot like me." and so i confessed that yes, it WAS him, mostly, or at least as i imagined him. Beloved was so tickled, he made me mark a copy with all the places the hero does something particularly "him."

once & future love is probably one of my favorites of all my novels, except for the cheesey bare-chested guy on the cover. if you want to know what it looks like, you can see it on amazon... :). authors generally have no say whatsoever on the cover images of their books, and this wasn't exactly what i was envisioning. (maybe in other parts of the book, sure, but not on the cover.)

today is also a baby jake day and a book group day and this morning, libby, meg and i are taking baby jake out for breakfast.

and furthermore, the war WILL end. blessed be.

21 comments:

Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

I with you on the war sister! Amen and then Amen to the Amen.....
Another fine post as always :)

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Walk in the Woods said...

Breakfast out with Libby and Meg and Baby Jake - sounds delightful! ENJOY!

Lynette said...

First I am glad your feeling better! Woot! Doesn't it feel nice when you can get your home back in order? And I am on with the pot pies.

Trasnslating a book to spanish. You must be thrilled. I am amazed at all you do.

Enjoy breakfast out and time with baby jake. Have a great one.

Juls said...

Hope you have a fun time taking baby Jake out to breakfast....
how cool, that he really dug being the "hero" in the book... I don't think my hubs would "get it"...Have an awesome day

April said...

Sounds like you got a lot accomplished yesterday...today is my day to get some things done...hopefully! Of course, blogging only delays it...but, it sure is fun!

Enjoy your breakfast out!!!

Dina said...

enjoy your day...i just got back to down so i will be catching up today as well.

NJDecorator said...

It's those covers that drawn me in...so those publishers must know what they are doing sometimes!

ParentingPink said...

It's good to do some "transferring" of the hero in your book - especially if it was based on your ex :-) LOL. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope to chat with you again soon!

Martha said...

I have to check out this bare chested book and read it to get to know Beloved. I'm glad you are feeling good again.

katherina rumambi said...

big hi annie, i adore your writing.. ;)

Patti Gibbons said...

Shoot, that bare-chested man could come visit me ANY DAY, lol. Not such a bad cover! Cool book! Looks like great fun late night reading! I have got to get one of your books to read! x ms p.

PS glad you are feeling better. Staff and students alike are falling like flies here. I am one of the healthy few.

Barely Domestic Mama said...

I am sooooo glad you said that the writers don't get to pick out the artwork for their books because that one made me giggle. I found it at http://www.amazon.com/Once-Future-Love-Time-Passages/dp/0515124095/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234892392&sr=8-3 I've never really been able to get into romance books, but I'm really impressed with the high ratings your readers gave you.

Thanks for the cold bug tips. I think I will be having some chicken soup for lunch.

Mindy said...

That is so cute that Beloved was tickled to be your hero in the book. I love that he wanted you to mark all the places that were especially "him" =)

Hi! I'm Grace said...

I wonder how it is to be a writer, I mean to publish book. Do you have to have a lot of money to do so?

pam said...

Wow, you were one busy lady!! And, I am glad you got over your illness.

boxofficegirl said...

Just wanted to say thank you for commenting on my blog. Your presence there is always welcome and I like having you around. You make me laugh both here and there.

Vina Puspita said...

Haha,,, that's so sweet that Beloved becomes your inspiration in your story,, ;)...
I like the way you write, Annie!
Hi, I'm Vina :)

Mama Krit said...

That is adorable! What a sweet gift to have a book with passages marked that are written just for you! :)

Oh, please e-mail me your address so I can send you your pay it forward gift. I hope you'll like it!

kristinal2mason@gmail.com

Kim said...

glad you are feeling better - sounds like you have accomplished alot and I hope breakfast was as much fun as it sounds

Bee and Rose said...

I love that your hero in once and future love is your once and future love! You are my hero...I can't get one load of laundry done in a day! lol!

(Thanks for the moral support over at my bloggy:)

Shades of Scorpio said...

Annie I don't even think that I KNEW you wrote books already!!! Very sweet story with Beloved and wanting you to mark the "Him" pages!