Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I've Got The Urge

I don't know what's happening but I've had a big old urge today. To do lots of things. First of all, a little backtracking -- many of you might know that my dear Little Granny died in December so we went to the funeral in Ohio in between Christmas and New Year's. She was 99 years old. It was the most absolute wonderful funeral/memorial/celebration you could ever expect to experience. You can't cry for a 99-year-old woman. I had the honor of writing and giving the eulogy. I will forever be grateful that my cousin Steve asked me to do that. My husband, sister, brother, and sister-in-law were all placing bets minutes before I gave the speech on when I would break down and cry during it. And because of that, and because I wanted to make it a gift to my Granny, I chose not to cry. I delivered that speech with the bad-assness and grace and slam-dunked that sucker.

Instead, I made everyone else cry. And laugh. I shared amazing memories of our grandmother and took my time and it was wonderful. I feel so blessed that I got to speak in honor of my grandmother.

So, there was that, and we got to see my cousins and spend time with my siblings and my parents and it was just a really awesome time. It was cold in Ohio and I didn't see much sun, and I missed my kids though, but when we got on the flight to go, I was struck with an idea for a novella that I had thought of a long while ago, so I started writing it, and I finished it last night.

So, I wrote a 60-page novella that I am considering putting up on amazon.com as an ebook and am wondering if you guys would be interested in buying it. It's called THE CELL PHONE LOT and this is the blurb:

Grant and Bridge didn't think their chance meeting at the cell phone lot would lead to anything, but after flight delays and a couple of beers, each start to wonder if they were meant to find one another. But Grant's supposed to pick up a girl he's met online, and Bridge isn't quite over her ex-boyfriend. Is the timing right, or might this possible relationship just never take off?

I'm just ready to start getting my own writing out there, and this short story just flew out of me. I couldn't stop writing it!

Also, I think that I may be bringing you all MORE books than just one a week - I have been getting many inquiries from authors and publicists so I'm guessing that there will be lots more to come. I may not have time to read them all to give you my own personal review, but I'll always be able to tell you about the book and let you know the author and the scoop. I'm so excited that so many great books are coming out.

I was in a huge major New Year frenzy today and yesterday, I don't know what has come over me - first of all, I went on a FREAKING hike yesterday. I HATE HIKING! I only went because it was supposed to be two miles, but it was a bait and switch deal and it turned out to be almost five miles. I was ANNOYED. But here are some beautiful photos from the hike.




The reason I hate hiking so much is that you have to focus on your feet and worry about not tripping so you can't really enjoy the surroundings. It's just not enjoyable to me. I came home and crashed hard.

Today is the last day of the kids' winter break and we worked hard -- I intended to take down all the Christmas stuff but we got sidetracked - instead, I had the boys clean the garage and get rid of old shoes and sports stuff they no longer use. Then we all decided we needed to freshen up the family room so we rearranged the furniture. We also moved the kid's bedroom furniture around too. I remember being a kid and loving changing the bed and dresser around in the room. Hey, it's a new year, we all could use a new vibe. It feels like a new vibe around here and I'm really getting into it. I may even get up and go for a walk in the morning. I think I may try to blog more too. I am definitely writing more, with completing that novella, and still working on that other book. Am hoping to hear something from my agents about the book that's on submission too, now that the holidays are over.

Come back in the next couple of days to check in to see if you've won Sarah Jio's The Bungalow, and I'll also be blogging about a new book next week! There are so many great ones coming up! How was your New Year's? I'm so excited to jump into 2012 and hope you are too! Thanks for taking time to stop on over!

22 comments:

My Two Army Brats said...

I would buy your ebook on amazon!

Swishy said...

YES, people would buy your novella on Amazon!

HEY PEOPLE: I'VE READ IT AND IT'S SUCH A FUN READ! YOU WILL CLAP AND YOU WILL SQUEAL AND YOU WILL LOVE IT. THAT IS MY SWISHY GUARANTEE!

You are awesome! 2012 is not going to know what hit it!

DaphneSFL said...

I don't have a kindle, so unless it's available on iBooks I wouldn't be able to purchase it :(

Anonymous said...

Swish, YOU ARE THE BEST. I LOVE YOU FOREVER! And Daphne, I don't have a kindle either! But you could buy it ...you can get the free kindle app for the laptop and then read it on there. I've done that for a few short stories I've wantedto read that were only avail as ebooks and read them on my laptop. Not too bad. Xo

MANIC MOMMY

~PrimLiLMama~ said...

ME!!!! I would sooo totally buy your novella!!!

Sorry about your Granny. =(

We haven't gotten our Christmas taken down either. Sidetracked is definitely a good word that we've gotten. That and LAZY and it's been too damn cold to get in the loft of the garage to get our shit down. Cold enough to get frostbite on our asses, that's how cold!

((hugss)) and all that other jazz

Kayo said...

Put it on Barnes & Noble and I would love to buy it.

How exciting!

jdstec said...

I would buy it.

absolutahnie said...

i would absolutely buy it and so would my best friend (jut gave her a kindle fire for hannukkah!) it sounds like it'd be a great read!

Hally said...

Ooohhh. I've waited in the cell phone lot and no one picked ME up. :)
Sounds terrifich. And ZOMG - Look!! Swishy commented before me WAHOO!

BrendaL71 said...

I just love to read and how much more exciting to read something new from someone who's opinion you respect and adore. I would buy your ebook.

Michelle m! said...

I will buy your book...

TaraUB said...

I'd buy. Also wish I had that much energy. Need a swift kick to get going here.

DaphneSFL said...

Consider it done!

your invisible pixie said...

sounds awesome, i would totally buy and read that!

ncsuloges said...

Good Morning Manic!
Sorry I haven't been around and my last comment on The Bungalow was short and probably did not even make sense. New Years and Christmas and really just the last few weeks have been rough as my uncle died suddenly two days before Christmas. It was a beautiful service but unfortunately has been such a shock to his wife, and two little girls as well as the rest of the family that the holidays were quite hard. Anyways I would definitely buy ANYTHING you wrote. That novella sounds awesome. Please let us know how to buy it if you do post it. Thanks for keeping my mornings happy.

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Kim W. said...

I would buy it :) Good for you!!!

Dani In Chicago said...

Of course I'd read your book!

Leslie said...

I'd buy it! Just read my first novella, always thought I would not get into shorter stories, and I loved it!

Coleen said...

I would definitely buy it if i had a kindle but since i have a nook and ibooks then I will not beable to read it!!! I bet it is awesome!!!

Lindsay Elizabeth said...

I've never heard of a novella so once again thanks Manic for opening my eyes to a new book! I would definitely buy it.

Four in Costa Rica said...

Were you in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve? We just went hiking there and it was awesome! :)