I'm not sure why I'm interested in this blog all of a sudden, but I'll go with it. My ADHD is a fair amount worse than it was a few years ago, so I rely more on numbered lists. Let's see...
1) My non-Gavin book came out in summer of 2018. I tried pretty darn hard to promote it, but I think I only sold 100 copies including about 40 my mom and sister bought. I did go to three conferences: Louisville, Fort Worth, and Memphis. I loved Fort Worth (Kimbell Museum, Fort Worth Zoo) and Memphis (Brooks Museum of Art, Pink Palace Museum, Memphis Zoo, Civil Rights Museum). Louisville (the silly lorikeets at the zoo) was pretty darn cool, too. I hand sold about 30 copies total. Honestly even though it wasn't the big success I dreamed it would be, my mom LOVED the book and she is not an easy critic, and I received strong reviews from people I don't even know so that was wonderful.
2) I had a big birthday in 2019 in Cleveland, and it was amazing. My mom, dad, and sister came along. We had phenomenal weather and great food. The art museum there is beyond brilliant, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was so much better than I expected. We also went on a trolley tour and saw a botanical garden. My health is not super-great, so I'm not sure I'm up for all kinds of international travel any more, but this was perfect. Loved every minute.
3) Re: Covid-19 Though I feel lucky to have been spared deep heartache, I did lose a friend (an ex, actually) in early April of 2020.
This is Tony Donato. He was a member of the band, Jack Bragg, and I told him I loved telling people "My ex is in a band" and that made him laugh. We did not date long, but it's crazy how often I think about him. I remember he had recorded every single episode of The Simpsons, he was directing a movie and doing his own editing, and he had unforgivable taste in music. (He tried to get me to enjoy Nico and Yoko Ono, but perhaps I was/am too narrow.) Based on his Facebook page, he was so loved and cherished, and I can understand why. He truly was one of the most sensitive and kindest people I've ever met.
4) I've been writing a little. I wrote perhaps 4 or 5 stories which I wouldn't call misfires, but I couldn't find my way to the endings. Two of the stories I finished were published.
I'm happier with the first story (Hurricanes and Rainn) and I think the publisher really liked it. (The editor said it was cute!) It was about a young American gardener (as usual with ADHD) in the Caribbean who falls for a local tour guide. There's an environmental plot and it was pretty smooth and romantic. K seemed to really like it.
All By His Lonesome was an answer to a call for submissions about romance in the age of Covid. There are aspects of it I like, for sure, and I think the love interest is a wonderful guy, but my main character was, as per my usual, very promiscuous. Not sure that worked for many readers, but K liked this, too, especially the ending.
5) Because, with the pandemic, my mom could not travel to far off destinations, I created a pretend cruise that "took" her to destinations all over the Pacific and Indian Oceans. So she and my dad "went" to the South Pacific, Kenya, Oman, Sri Lanka, Burma, Malaysia, Bali, Thailand, Cambodia, Viet Nam and the Phillipines. I got so into it I wished I could create pretend vacations for people for a living. However, as I know things like how much my mom loves chocolate and gardens and mountains (and history and geology), I think I did a much better job than I would with anyone else. Still tons of fun.
6) To celebrate the end of the Reign of Terror, I've been posting paintings (on my other account) on Facebook regularly.
Just hoping to make people enjoy something pretty most of the time, but occasionally there's something where you have to wonder what's going on. I'm mostly finding them by searching for nationals of countries like Bulgaria, Romania, Greece, etc - places where I know nothing of the artists. Just to see what I can find.
7) Life continues w/ John. He's still a wonderful guy. He's trying to get to me to cook Blue Apron, and I am resistant but it's not as bad as it once was, for sure. I am diabetic now, so I'm trying to take better care of myself, and Blue Apron is actually kind of healthy. So yay for that.
8) I finished a third story (more or less) and I'm hopeful it will be in shape for publication by the end of this July.
Thanks to anyone out there reading. :)