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Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A Good Day

Okay--not entirely good, since I am either fighting a little cold or dealing with the ragweed allergy attack from hell (or both), but some good stuff happened today:

1) I did the monthly redecoration of the shop's front windows with pal and Artisans' Guild co-founder Ellie Stromberg. When we first started the shop almost 12 years ago, we spent so much time together, when I called her house, her husband would say, "Ellie, it's your wife!" But we don't see as much of each other these days, and had a lot of fun giggling and playing as we did our best to make the shop "shiny."

2) Came home to find my biannual royalty report from Llewellyn. For those of you who don't know about such things, that's the report that tells me how many of each of my five books I sold during the last period (in this case Jan-June this year). The check for same won't arrive for another month (another good day), but the numbers were better than I expected, and the best news of all, I had sold through the advances for all five books--including the two that only came out last year. If you're not an author, take it from me...this is a GOOD thing.

I'm not going to get rich off of these books, or be able to quit my day job. But it is satisfying to know that people are enjoying my writing. (And did I mention there will be a check?)

3) I got to gab with my lovely critique partner Lisa DiDio on the phone for WAY too long this afternoon. We communicate pretty much every day, often multiple times, but usually be email. It was great to have author chat, girl chat, and more giggling.

So cold or no cold, it was a good day.


  1. It was a great chat. :)

  2. Yes it was. I'd do it every day...if I thought either of us would ever get anything done again :-)

  3. Yay! on your good day. Congrats on the sell through, and on the forthcoming CHECK! I'll bet your cold feels a lot more improved tomorrow. ; )

  4. Congrats on earning out all your advances! I'm really impressed. And it's always good to know there's a check on the way. :)

  5. Thanks Nancy! Of course, they weren't GIGANTIC advances :-)

    Still, knowing the check was coming helped keep me from hyperventalating when I had to write out a check for almost $190 at the vet's this morning...

  6. Heck, money is money. I was happy this week when I got a $7 good-driver refund from my insurance company. :)