I was determined to post something today anyway, since it’s been a while and I’ve been wanting to, and was thinking about Douglas Adams and maybe doing something philosophical about his Hitchhiker’s series (not like anyone’s EVER done that before). But when I opened my email this morning and saw one from Elizabeth, the publisher at Dreamspinner Press… well, let’s just say everything I had thunk out about Hitchhiker’s suddenly went *poof* in a spate of “SQUEE!!”
Kindred Hearts has been accepted!!! And will be released sometime in May. ‘Scuse me while I go stand in a corner and scream quietly.
KH is a nervewracking book for me. For one thing, it’s much more ambitious than Zach was. There was a LOT more research to be done, and of course, I just did what I wanted to with Zach, since I pretty much didn’t know what I was doing anyway. I still don’t know what I’m doing, but I have a better idea of what I SHOULD do, which freaks me out quite a bit. Plus I have *fans* now (2 or 3 at least) so now I have to worry about whether they like it. Didn’t I write something about expectations a while ago?
Let’s face it, Zach was an experiment for me–can I finish a book and get it published–and now I have to put on my big girl pants and accept the responsibility of being a Real Life Author. NOT THAT I AM COMPLAINING!! God, no. This whole thing has been a total thrill ride. But I am so much more AWARE of things than I was a year ago at this time. And I am not quite as confident about KH as I was about Finding Zach.
Oh, who am I bullshitting? I wasn’t confident about Zach, either! I was nervous as hell. Just like now. I wonder if it will ever wear off?
So anyway, here’s to Dreamspinner Press and the awesome staff there, and here’s to my beta readers Patrice and Shannon for being my number one fans, and Lynda, to whom I owe not only beta-reading assistance but research assistance and editorial assistance–she is Captain Awesome and I want to be her when I grow up–and to my best friend Vic for the years of phone calls beginning “Write anything lately” and ending “Keep writing!”
I will. Keep writing, that is. But for now, I’m going to sit on my laurels (I know several Laurels–SCA in-joke) and bask in the momentary pleasure of being psychologically affirmed, once again. Then it will be back to the hairy task of edits and promotion while trying to finish the next book…
I’m kidding. I LOVE THIS LIFE. Giggle. Squee.