Monday, July 16, 2012

Well, I'm Back

I know, it's not September, but things got a little wonky here in NC and well, I decided to come back to the blogosphere a little early. Okay a lot early. I've been cruising around the blogs for the last week or so and I've found I miss it too much to stay away any longer.

I'm still not done moving. Now it's just all the flotsam and jetsam that floats around the house after all the big stuff has been cleared out. An old stack of magazines, the last of the plants, what remains in the cabinets over the fridge. You know. Once it's all out, then I get to clean. Fun times.

My ex- has left us again so it's just me and the Monster now. I told him there's no coming back this time. I'm used to his going and coming and going, he's done it for years. But the Monster is taking it hard this time. She wasn't old enough to remember his leaving the last time, so now, this really hurts. I've tried to explain it to her -- Mommy and Daddy just don't get along -- but she wants real reasons and I'm not sure she's ready to hear the truth about her father just yet. She's only 7.

In any case, his departure put the kibosh on our trip to the beach. Um yeah, another reason to despise him. Not only did he ruin my summer, he ruined Monster's as well. The pool is set up and she's been swimming happily for awhile now, but it's not the same as the beach. I'm hoping Divine Intervention (or a winning lottery ticket) will give me the funds necessary for a long weekend at Myrtle Beach. Going to Rhode Island is just not in the cards this year.

I haven't been writing. Well, because I've been moving, but being around the blogosphere has started the itch again. I guess I think checking in with you guys will somehow get me motivated. I've got some big things to finish and some smaller things to start and I figured that if I'm around you, it will give me the schedule I need. I keep telling the Monster that my sitting at the computer all day is WORK (I'm not just playing at this writing thing -- why don't people understand that) so if I go back to WORK, maybe the creative juices will start flowing again.

However, I did accomplish one thing while I've been away. I've a new cover for REMEMBERING YOU. I know, what is it with me and this cover? As we all know, self-publishing allows you to change what you don't like about your book. So, voila, the new cover.



And just for fun, I'm giving this particular edition away for FREE at Amazon TODAY (until midnight Pacific Standard time). So I hope you'll all pick up a copy and Tweet about it. It's also gone through another round of edits and I'm hoping this will garner me a few reviews. (Not bad ones though, please.) Here's the link REMEMBERING YOU. This is also somewhat of an experiment so I hope to have some data for you on a few issues with marketing and promotion for you in September.


So tell me, what have you been doing? How are you? How's your summer going? Tell me all.

27 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Welcome back. Sorry the beach trip was ruined. And I keep forgetting you used a pen name for that book.

Em-Musing said...

LOVE the cover. It leaves me wondering. And that @#*%&@#$!!!! How dare he hurt your daughter's heart...
and yours. Pamper yourself and be strong for her. There are no words to take away the pain. A shot, maybe. I mean booze, not a gun aimed at him. Hang in there.

Anne Gallagher said...

Alex -- Yeah, I figured it was easier to use a pen name. That way people wouldn't confuse me with the girl who writes about slave trafficking. (The other Anne Gallagher.)

Em -- Thanks, the cover is pretty special. And no worries about the #$^&%$! he means nothing to me. And Monster will get over it in time. She always has before. Soon she'll be in school and won't have time to miss him. No booze for me. Sober 10 years. I'd rather have the gun I think. lol

Linda G. said...

Love the new cover! My copy is being delivered to my Kindle as I type this. I'm looking forward to reading it! :)

J.L. Campbell said...

Awww, hope your daughter gets past her dad going away. As you've said, with time and a lot of activities the hurt will fade a bit.

I understand not being able to stay away from writing and blogging pals for too long.

I like the what you've done with the wording on the cover. Nice.

Anne Gallagher said...

Linda -- Thanks. I can't wait for In A Fix.

Joy -- Monster's a resilient little kid. She'll be fine in a few weeks I'm sure. And yeah, the not being around the blogs was killing me. I don't "Feel" like a writer if I don't have my writing pals to hang out with.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Love the new cover, Anne. And good for you for telling your ex to stay away this time. You and Monster don't need cr** like that.

I'm sending some writing mojo your way, to help you get back into it.

Anne Gallagher said...

Thanks Stina -- I need all the help I can get. I really should write the outline but I don't have the hero's name yet. I think that's what keeping me off kilter. Once I find him, then I think everything will be okay.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Welcome back!

I'm sorry you're having a rough summer. :( I hope you get to go to Myrtle Beach.

PS. I love the new cover and picked up a copy!

Writer Pat Newcombe said...

Welcome back Anne. The book cover looks awesome - very summery! I have had a couple of breaks too but not for too long...

Anne Gallagher said...

Jennifer -- Thanks. Even if it's just for one day, I need to feel the sand between my toes. You know. Instant rejuvenation.

Pat -- Thanks. I think this is the longest break I've ever taken. It feels weird to be away for so long. But it's great to be back. Still in my pj's too!!! Yay!

Sarah Ahiers said...

Ooh i like this cover! More than the second one, but i still have a soft spot in my heart for the first one, too. And! I tweeted about it yesterday too!
Sorry about the ex and the no beach and all that junk. Hopefully things will look brighter soon

Patti said...

Sorry about the ex, and the beach, but good for you to say enough is enough.

It's hard to stay away from the blogs, because I do find it helps motivate me to write. Good luck with all your projects. Headed to Amazon right now.

Rick Daley said...

I like the cover. Congrats and good luck!!!

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

It's good to have you back again. I hope you and your daughter get to spend a long weekend at the beach, after all. It'd be just what the doctor ordered for both of you.

Johanna Garth said...

Welcome back. Glad you have the pool set up and here's hoping you and your daughter can have an amazing summer of mother/daughter bonding!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

It's hard to stay away too long.

Was the picture for your book taken at the NC beach?

~Sia McKye~ said...

Anne, I'm looking forward to reading this one. Well, it's on my list now. I need to have you visit Over Coffee with it. maybe in September? Although I might have a day or two open in August. Have to check.

I hear you on the moving and the energy required to do it all. Tough stuff. Still, I'm enjoying the *nesting* before the winter drags it's icy fingers down my back.

I so want to go to the ocean. Not in the cards this year.

Hugs to you and Monster. That's some rough stuff to deal with.

Sia McKye OVER COFFEE

Bish Denham said...

Oh man, sorry for the Monster and you. It's just not right.

The cover is great and I picked up my copy. Thanks Anne, and welcome back!

KarenG said...

Welcome back and thanks for the free offer! I have it ready to go on my Kindle.

Al said...

Welcome back!
Trying to go anywhere it's knee deep in mud!(it's winter down here),

Anne Gallagher said...

Sarah -- I'm sorry I missed the RT. I liked that cover too, but I think this conveys the story better. At least I got the dress right.

Patti -- Thanks. Yeah, enough is enough. And the blogs do help the motivation. It's like I have to be accountable to someone else.

Rick -- Thanks. I have to email you.

Susan -- JUST what the doctor ordered. Here's hoping for a long weekend.

Johanna -- Once I get the old house out of the way, things will be a lot better.

Diane -- No, the picture is from Denmark, believe it or not, but it looks just like NC doesn't it?

Sia -- September sounds great. I'll be in touch. Sorry you can't get to the ocean this year. But your painting sounds like fun.

Bish -- Thanks. We'll be fine. Better off even, without him. Glad to be back.

Karen -- I should warn you, there are some pretty solid word choices you might not want to read.

Al -- I know, I feel bad for you. I have a friend in Oz who says it's been raining for weeks. I'm sorry.

DL Hammons said...

I'm sorry for the ruined plans, but it is good to have you back. That cover looks amazing, and I'm informing the wife she needs to download it on her Kindle! :)

Donna Hosie said...

Welcome back - and the new cover is great.

Yvonne Osborne said...

Glad to see you back but I'm sorry about the home situtation. That sucks. What an asshole. I like the cover and I have a new Kindle so I'll download your book. It's a good thing you brought it to my attention as I would have looked for Gallagher, not the pen name.

Deniz Bevan said...

Welcome back, Anne!
I hope you two do get a beach vacation soon, though the pool sounds lovely too.
Love that new cover!!

Stephen Tremp said...

It's great to see you back! Love the new cover!

And I'll be happy to have you and your book as my Author of the Week for Aug. 6 - 12th.