Monday, November 21, 2011

The Year of The Dragon

When I can’t sleep, I write.  So here I sit at my desktop computer at 2:35 AM. The Chinese Lunar Calendar states that this is the year of the Rabbit.  The year of my birth was the year of the Dragon.  I don't know why this is important at the moment, but it must have something to do with lack of sleep.

Rabbit or Dragon, this has been some year, and as pointed out by my cousin Lorraine, I’m counting the days to 2012 – a new year and new beginnings.  Speaking of counting the days, today makes the 323rd day of the year, whether consulting the Chinese calendar or the Gregorian calendar, most commonly referred to as the Western calendar.  Perhaps I should try hitting the pillow again and just leave the Chinese out of this.  But before I do, let me tell you about a recent experience. 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

My Murphy's Law on Writing

This aspect of writing, where anything can go wrong will go wrong, wasn't on the top of my posting list. In fact, I hadn't planned to introduce this topic until much later on, but something recently went terribly wrong.

Monday, November 7, 2011

What's up with this Blog?

Other than the movie version of the Julie and Julia blog, I hadn’t paid too much attention to blogs.  Who has time for blogs?  What with social networks, and all the ever-changing gadgets - Blackberry’s, Droids, Kindles, Nooks, iPods, iPads, digital this and digital that, really, who has time for a blog?  Definitely, not me, but as you can see, I’m blogging now, aren’t I?

This blog is initially about my first book, a charming and beautifully illustrated children’s story.  I’ll share with you how the story came about; the process I went through in order to convince myself it was worthy of print; the decision to self-publish in oppose to using the traditional, but these days not so traditional publisher; some info on self-publishing; selecting an illustrator; My Murphy’s Law on the Writing Life; and anything else that comes to mind, or is brought to my attention, including my two cents on self-publishing.

Did I just admit that I am self-publishing? OK, I admit it – I’m self-publishing.  More on that later, but I do hope, of course, you will all run out, or go online and purchase my cute little story.  The problem is, due to Murphy’s Law, my story is not yet available in print, but my fingers are crossed for any day now.