Monday, April 15, 2013
On being a multi-published author.
Patricia Davids here.
I'd like to wish you a happy Tax Day. I hope you have filed your taxes. If you haven't, stop reading this blog and get cracking. You have until midnight.
I'm sure many of you realize how drastically an author's life changes when they become published. I wanted to share with you some of the changes in my life.
Recently, I reached a milestone in my writing career. I finished my 22nd manuscript. It was an awesome feeling. To celebrate completing my book, I played fetch with my dog Sadie, loaded the dishwasher, picked up all the dirty clothes I’d left scattered around the house for the two weeks I was in panic-stricken deadline mode, and then I got into my car and went to KFC and got supper.
As I was sitting in the drive-thru, I said to myself, "Pat, this is a sad way to celebrate."
I went home, ate my yummy chicken pot pie and wonderful apple turnover in front of the TV and thought, "Hey, a long soak in a hot bath will end my day on an high note."
So, I started the water, added the bubbles, let the tub fill and went to get in. At that point, I thought, "Gee, this is a little chilly."
I ran some more hot water, but WAIT. There was no more hot water. Ugh! Don't you hate that when it happens?
I finished my tepid bubble bath in short order, and spent the next twenty minutes lying face down on the laundry room floor cleaning beneath and relighting the pilot light on my old hot water heater.
Dust bunnies and spiders live under there! Okay, they were tiny spiders and they are dead now, but YUCK.
After the blue flame was glowing once more, I headed to bed in my flannel nightgown. As I lay on a small sliver of the mattress while my snoring 75lb yellow Labrador took up the rest of the bed, I thought, "Golly, it's amazing how being a multi-published, award winning romance novelist and the author of 22 books has changed my life."
Just so you know. Life isn't always greener on the other side.
Book #22 will be out next year. Book # 18, Plain Admirer, will be on sale in June.