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Ever had one of those weeks when everything happens at once? That's been my week so far. Sunday I was a bleary-eyed mess, having stayed up until 2:30 that morning for my daughter's cast party. She was a villager in her middle school's production of Shrek, The Musical and Saturday night was the final show. Wow, what a performance! What an experience! Here she is with (left to right): Fiona, Donkey, Gingie, Fairy Godmother, Shrek, Lord Farquaad (show stealer), young Fiona, and the Dragon:
As a cast member parent and volunteer, this activity consumed our lives for the past two weeks, but it was worth it.
Also on Sunday, the authors included in the upcoming IWSG Parallels anthology started an email frenzy over marketing ideas. (Thank you, Hart, for taking the initiative.) This necessary work got me both excited and nervous at the same time.
And I received several emails from my publisher. Over the past couple of years, Wormhole Electric has published nine of my stories ranging in length from 4K to over 20K. Now they're moving on to other pursuits and sent my books and covers back to me. On Monday, the stories vanished from Amazon, releasing a dreadful feeling of panic in my gut even though I knew it was coming. My first reaction: must repost, STAT!
But hang on. Besides panic, there is also a feeling of power. I can do anything I want with these stories. For the two collections Wormhole published, I could rearrange the order, put in more stories, or take some out. Yes, it's going to take some work, redoing the covers and figuring out how to post, but there are so many options to consider. Can I do it? (I think I can, I think I can, I think I can.)
But that's not all. I did the Lost and Found Valentine's Blog Hop Monday (if you missed the post by Elizabeth Seckman's mom, do yourself a favor and check it out), sent back the first round of edits for the Parallels anthology story Tuesday, and am co-hosting today's IWSG hop (along with are Allison Gammons, Eva E. Solar, Rachel Pattison, and Ann V. Friend). Whew!
Instead of turning into Chicken Little, I gotta embrace the challenge and realize that even though the plate is full, this is the good stuff.
Have you ever posted your writing on Amazon? Any advice? Gone to any plays or watched Shrek, The Musical on Netflix? What's keeping you busy these days?