June 24th, 2009

more renji art

Fan fic sells books....

So, I'm feeling a bit nobody-loves-me whiny today afer reading this aritcle via davidlevine because I suck (in my Tate persona) at the whole contest, games, downloadable extra thing. And, of course, my Lyda Morehouse website is, and has always been full of that sort of thing, since its inception and it did NOT help my books stay in print at all. Which goes to show you that, really, not much helps when it comes to self-promotion. I have hardly lifted a finger to promote Tate, and she's wildly out-sold anything I did under my own name.

This makes me weirdly grumpy.

I'm jealous of myself.

However, I did find this bit of information kind of telling in a way that the article doesn't really explore: "[Stephanie Meyer of "Twilight" fame, whose website is currently the most visited of any of the fiction authors they studied,] [has] got a daily blog, and more than any other site in our study, she has links to fan sites. Fan site links appear to contribute to loyal audience traffic."

Of course, this is NEWS to the publishing industry. The rest of us say, "Duh."

It also amused me that the authors of this article appeared surprised that people liked seeing pictuers of Sue Grafton's cats. To which I also say, "where have you people been? This is like internet 101."

Anyway, enough of that. I could probably rant about the publishing industry until my head exploded, and then where would I be? I have no brain and a lot of cleaning up to do. We can't have that, now can we?

Yesterday I wrote about 1,000 words on Tate's young adult series, which (if I may complain just a BIT more) flipping writes itself. I mean, seriously. I sit down with the laptop and an hour later I have a whole chapter. It's insane. And more than a little frustrating (see above and the being jealous of your own alter ego). Meanwhile, I'm still trying to decide what I want to do with the Mouse prequel. I like my do-over, but I'm still lacking direction. Alas, even when it sucks, my writers group perfers the Mouse stuff because it's at least science fiction, even if it's BAD science fiction....

In food news, my friend Barb came over with some of their CSA extras, so now we're well stocked on greens and radishes again. Hmmmm, a salad for lunch anyone?? Mason and I decided to be mischevious last night and we went out to dinner at the Chinese buffet on University Avenue that's just about four blocks from our house. Despite the crushing heat (and few measily drops of rain), we walked, which was actually surprisingly pleasant. Then seanmmurphy stopped by for an evening chat on the porch, which was lovely (although Mason had a hard time putting himself to sleep, and didn't end up in bed until almost 10 pm, which is astoundingly late for him on a school night.) Still, we slept in until almost 8 am this morning since we didn't have to talk mama to work, and so I think it mostly evened out.

Despite Shawn being in D.C. I managed to remember to pack Mason's lunch AND give him is backpack, which I think is pretty amazing. Then, I went to work out, though I did forget my cell phone at home, but I remembered to write down my first ten random .mp3 songs to share on a Facebook meme sent to me by John Jackson. Keep in mind these are my work out .mp3s, so they're mostly stuff I chose because it's "dancable."

1. "Hands Clean" by Alanis Morisette
2. "One Reason" by Tracy Chapman
3. "Stray Cat Strut" by the Stray Cats
4. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" by Deep Blue Something
5. "Dragula" by Rob Zombie
6. "Rack 'em Up" by Johnny Lang
7. "Silent Legacy" by Melissa Etheridge
8. "Bang Go the Bells" by Babylon A.D.
9. "Paved Paradise" remix by Counting Crows
10. "Tangled, Tortured Hearts" by the Dixie Chicks

I have another list of music that's on my more extended .mp3 player that probably much more accurately expresses the horrible, yet ecclectic musical taste I have, and it goes like this:

1. "Angola Bound" by Aaron Neville
2. "They Can't Take That Away from Me" by Billie Holliday
3. "Captain of the Nightengale" by Stan Rogers
4. "Suds in the Bucket" by Sara Evans
5. "December" by George Winston
6. "Pour Me" by Trick Pony
7. "Belfast Town" by Irish Anon
8. "Hunger Strike" by Temple of the Dog
9. "Goodbye Again" by John Denver
10. "Mrs. Steven Rudy" by Rascal Flats

Uh, yeah. That me.