2 more days and I'm on a plane...I'm really trying so hard not to stress, but my friend who said I could stay with her and she would be my transportation has bailed on me. I should have known better than to rely on her as she's a sweetheart but pretty flaky and undependable. Her parents were druggies and they never really raised
her and she had to fend for herself, which you would think would make her more responsible, but she just didn't have good role models or anyone to teach her how to act or how to be a good friend, how to think ahead, etc. I can't hold it against her, but it's very frustrating. So I hope our family friend is up for having a house guest a bit longer than planned. Or that I can house hop for a couple nights here and a couple of nights there.
Bug had her friend stay the night last night and they are now happily watching Barbie movies. Tomorrow will be full of laundry and packing. I am SOOOOO glad I started making lists a week or so ago...it's the only thing keeping me from complete panic. At least I know that I should have the packing part covered...at least all the important stuff.
I'm tired...They called a last minute meeting for the choir board last night and it was only supposed to be a short one to dot the "i"s and cross the "t"s, but I didn't get home until 11:20. I am getting a bit frustrated because I feel like we keep discussing the same things over and over and not getting anywhere. We have different committees like music committee, dance committee, party committee, PR committee, and jubileum committee, and each person on the board is a contact person for one committee (I'm party committee) but the committees don't seem to be doing what they are supposed to do...so then we have to go in and light the fire to get them going because we NEED stuff to get done, but we can't make the plans ourselves or else we wouldn't need the committee...we don't want to undermine them. So the PR committee wants to get on the radio to talk about the concert, but they don't want to do it too soon or everyone will forget about it by November. The problem is, if you don't BOOK the radio spot now, someone else will and we'll have exactly zero advertising for our concert. Same with newspapers, etc. So we keep having these meetings in which we discuss what we want to do, and everything is "The PR committee will do that later." or "That's not up to us...we'll have to talk to the dance committee about that." and then the next meeting we hear that those committees haven't made any progress because they want to wait for this or that. But we can't just make the decisions ourselves without overstepping our own power. And I don't understand why we had to have an unexpected meeting last night when I don't think we accomplished anything more than keeping me from getting a good night's sleep. And now I have 3 kids for the day, one of whom has ADHD and Autism and is really active and kind of demands full time supervision.Lynne
, I saw the picture of you with the Eagle...beautiful, but wow he was big...I bet that was HEAVY!!
I wouldn't worry too much about the pre-orders of the Crown at this point, anyway...you still have some time before the release. One of my friends just asked me last week about The Heir and I gave her the link to both The Crown where she can order both, and to the Amazon page for just The Heir in case she wants to order that first. That's great about the book signing, though!!Sarah
, I think I watched Pitch Perfect every day for about 2 weeks, sometimes twice in a day. LOVE that movie. I was pretty sure I needed an intervention.
Glad the pets are getting along better...my kids still fight every time I leave the room.
Ugh...I hate packing! Good luck with that!Sean
, glad you are feeling better. Nothing worse than having to work when you feel like crap....except maybe being a parent when you feel like crap because then it's work without breaks. But still, not fun!Marielle
, How can Martin not like the name Lily??? Sounds like you've already named her that, though. I was going to say you could always go for a different HP name, like Luna. (2 of my friends have named their cats HP names...Lily and Luna)Susie
, are you relieved or sad that he says he's done after this year? Do you think he means it or does he say this every year?
Actually, no, I meant I want to pick your brain....and Lynne's. I need to know what authors need in someone reading their material before publishing, or looking for an agent, etc. My author friend in Ireland has been having me read her books for a couple of years now and she has said more than once that she should pay me for what I do for her...that other people actually PAY to have their books read by people to see if they work, and what needs to be changed before looking for an agent/publisher. She is encouraging me to start my own business....I'd be able to work from home, make my own hours, etc...but I don't know what anyone besides her needs. I imagine different authors would want different things. So I want to pick brains to see if it's even possible for me to do this....whether authors would want this type of service, how much they would expect to pay for such a service, what services they would want. That way, I know what to offer and how much to charge if I do decide to go ahead with it. Kind of like market research....where's the demand and where can I find a niche in that market, IF I can find one? But I got your message and I'm quite happy to read your book, too and you can feel free to pick my brain! Good practice for me!