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POINT OF VIEW: Suck A Little Happy Juice

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Hey all,

It’s an amazing time in my writerly life.

I’m starting to get some local press for “The River City Chronicles” (ok, so I begged and pleaded, but hey, whatever it takes, right?) – and I will do my first official bookstore reading and signing on October 4th at Time Tested Books in midtown Sacramento. (hint hint hint)

You can sign up to go here:

If you are in the Sacramento area, please sign up. I need to show the bookstore I have local support, so they will ask me back again. 🙂

At the same time, I am rushing toward the finish line on the sixth book of my two trilogies – I will probably finish part one of “The Shoreless Sea” (note the name change from “The Shifting Current” per my publisher) tomorrow. Woo hoo!

And it’s not just all that. I signed the contract for Ithani,” book three of the Oberon Cycle, two weeks ago, and then lo and behold, I got a contract for “The Shoreless Sea” this week. Before I’ve even finished writing the damned thing. I am humbled and amazed.

As Angel says, “Guess you have to finish it now.”

Plus we made the decision to send me to the Dreamspinner Retreat next month, and I will be going to WorldCon this month.

So… it’s a good month to be a writer.

It wasn’t always so. There have been times, well chronicled here, when I wondered what the hell I was doing. When the writing didn’t come easily. When the contracts came really late, if at all. When I was rejected as often as accepted.

So it’s times like this one that I need to bottle up and put away on a shelf, to be opened at a later date when things don’t seem so rosy.

Got a rejection? Take a hit from the happy times bottle.

Hit with a horrendous edit? Suck a little happy juice.

Latest book sales in the shit pile? Take a ride on the happy memory train.

Seriously, with life and the world in such a weird, precarious, and sometimes downright awful place, you have to grab the good when you have it.

So, in that spirit, I’m asking each of my writer friends to recount one of their happiest moments so far as an author. What happened, and how did it make you feel?

Let’s all glory in the happy parts of authorhood.

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