There’s a story behind that headline. When I was younger, back in the days when I was working in an office doing what they called being a publications systems specialist, which was a fancy title for computer typesetting, as far as I could tell, my boss used to joke that we worked for an outfit called “Die Screaming Productions”. Today they’d call it desktop publishing. I guess.
The work was demanding, because we had to stay up until the wee hours … sometimes as late as 2 or 3 in the a.m., in order to meet our deadlines. It was as demanding as any other publishing job, and I worked the night shift with another woman named Karen. Hi, Karen, if you’re out there! *waving*
This was long before I had dystonia, but I had dreams of writing a novel, of course. But I also had dreams of traveling the world, being a journalist, etc.
Well … I ended up going to grad school, then law school, etc. And there is a point to this story. Promise!
All of my education and life experience has taught me there’s a difference between facts and truth. Facts are facts, but truth is a slippery concept. Fiction often reveals truths about the human condition that mere facts can’t capture. And memoirs aren’t just mere facts, but memories, which we know cannot be fully trusted.
Which is why this book has the perfect title.
So … when I saw The Bloggess at her signing and presented her with my New York Times ebook bestselling novel and holy Dr. Who book offering, I look back on it now and think, “Damn! I wish we’d stood at the end of the very last line! What a missed opportunity!“
I’d even offered to go to BlogHer to meet her ages ago before I released LEAST WANTED!
We had actually become Facebook friends, which I found
astounding awesome. So I ventured a request for a blurb. I think I may have mentioned being so awed by her I was … without words. Then, I said something about choking on my foot. Ha ha ha …
Well … with that
said written, I will only say that it’s important to just keep going forward, in your work and your life!
And here, at last is the link to (hopefully) the first Indiegogo campaign for the Sam McRae Mystery Series project.
And here’s the announcement for my friends, the booksellers and libraries, etc.!
And for your amusement/amazement, here are some things I found on the Internet:
This goes out to all you Apple fans.
Yes, it’s a joke. Of course.
But some of us still like print books and we can’t all afford fancy devices, can we?
While I was in the UK, I brought an ereader and a few print books, including The Bloggess’ book. Mainly, I was concerned about electrical issues. What if my ereader got accidentally fried, despite my precautions? That would suck ass.
This is where print books will always reign supreme over ebooks. Technology is awesome, but it can also be
an asshole imperfect.
Yeah, ironic isn’t it? Ha!
This lady is an inspiration to me! And the words hit home. Because there’s no crying in publishing, right?
PS: Austin Film Festival here I come. Hotel booked. Airline next. Young adult novel almost done. So much to do, so little time.
PPS: To Bernie Mazyck, thanks for the headline idea! Have you noticed that Mazyck is “Mack” with two extra letters? Isn’t that
And someone once told me that Bernie didn’t suffer fools gladly. Ha ha ha … well, now I’m a happy fool. I wonder what he’d make of that?