Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Velcro Mommy

My house is a good size. Not huge, but there are six room totaling 1,800 square feet plus lots of room in an unfinished basement. My sons have their own rooms. There’s a television in the living room and basement. We live on a quiet street with a nice green backyard. So why, I ask you, does it seem that my boys must always be within a 12 inch radius of me? You’d think I was covered in double sided tape the way they stick to me.

I wasn’t one of the fashionable girls with my own clique growing up so you might expect me to appreciate my ongoing popularity now, and I do to a degree. But that fact that I can’t walk without tripping over someone, write without needing to referee, or read without there being a snack crisis drives me crazy some days. I sit, they sit. I move, they move. If it weren’t sweet, it would be a little disconcerting. It’s like having three shadows, two of which are corporeal.

And what is it about the ringing of the phone? If my kids have, for some reason, been leaving me alone, as soon as I pick up the phone… whoosh! There they are. Next to me, needing me, and forcing me to have a minimum of two and frequently three conversations. Does the ring set of some sort of internal kid alarm? “You must go to mommy, now!” it says, and they do. Suddenly everything is urgent other than my need to talk to another grown-up.

I know that all too soon my sons (who are almost 8 and almost 5) will be ignoring me plenty. They will want their own space, their own friends, and an invisible mom. I know to cherish this time where they still fit in my lap, want to be tucked in, and need my hugs and kisses when something hurts. I will miss reading to them, playing Candyland and Trouble with them, and yes, tripping over them.

Still - I’d like to go to the bathroom by myself, please.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Proud to be e-pubbed.

I recently entered my first book, ROLL PLAY, in the EPPIE awards, which is sponsored by EPIC, the electronic publishing internet connection. I am up against some very talented writers. Yes, there are talented writers who the NY publishers have never heard of.

When I dreamed of being a published writer of course I dreamed of seeing my book on the shelf of every bookstore I walked into, reviews in major papers, and the title rapidly rising up best seller lists. It didnt happen that way. I read my first book from Ellora's Cave years ago and thought that my writing "voice" would fit their needs. It took several years to actually finish a book that I wanted to submit, but I was right. We were a good match and I enjoy writing shorter erotic romances. What I write and enjoy writing is not what NY is currently publishing. So what... there's a market for me with e-publishing and I am happy to be there.

I think of the indie/e markets like independent films. In indie movies, filmmakers take chances and tell stories that Hollywood wont, and some of these movies are amazing! When indie films became more popular, Hollywood took notice, hiring some of the actors and directors and even making some smaller films themselves. Some of these people have stayed in Hollywood. Some go back and forth. I'd like to be the Laura Linney of the publishing world, enjoying the best of both sides.

Indie/e pubs have such a great reaction and response time. When something works, they can go for it right away. NY responds as fast as a cruise ship making a turn. Slowly, carefully, over time. In indie/e... we're waaaaay ahead by this point and off looking for the next exciting adventure.

NY pubbed doesnt necessarily mean better. It means "found an audience". 'Cause let's face it - even Hollywood has it's share of bombs (what were they thinking making some of those Rob Schneider movies!). I am proud to be e-published and hope I always will be.