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"All alone, thank god."

white
A rainy day, but at least it's not too cold.

Yesterday will go down in the History of Me for two reasons:

1) I didn't take Lamictal. It was the first day since April 2010 that I didn't take Lamictal. It's out of me, and I'm done with it. My mind is going like a race car, but I feel better. My racing mind will adjust.

2) I received my first ever royalty check for Threshold. Yes, the very first. Ever. The novel was published November 1, 2001, and I likely received the on payment half of the advance that same month. So, the last time I received any income from Penguin on this novel was twelve years ago. Until yesterday. Apparently, after twelve years, the book finally earned out. And I have a check for a whopping $82.28. It would have been a little more, but there's my agent's commission. This is only my second ever royalty check from Penguin (I got one for Silk a few years back). So, if you're dreaming of getting rich off royalties, of your books taking care of you in your old age...well.

No.

Oh, here's a photo, for posterity:



This is what we call a Reality Check.

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No work yesterday. Sooner or later, I have to get past these racing thoughts and get my shit together. I've got a novel to finish. I have decided that Cherry Bomb really is the final Siobhan Quinn novel, but...as it stands, the novel is sort of a mess. I'm going to have to take it apart. If I'm lucky, I won't have to start over. And I have the second "best of" collection to compile. Centipede Press. And there's the new Alabaster mini-series. And...yeah. And my brain, not on Lamictal. And my bizarre sleep rhythms.. I slept nine hours (plus) night before last. Last night five, and I didn't get to sleep until seven a.m. (CaST).

Wrap it up, Kiernan. Nothing to see. Move along.

That Echo Chorus,
Aunt Beast

Comments

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Lynne Jamneck
Jan. 14th, 2014 07:15 pm (UTC)
Good luck with staying off the meds.

I'm just at the point where I'm contemplating switching from Citalopram to Zoloft because I'm grinding my teeth and jaw to hell.

Having a head going 200 miles an hour is rather shit. I find white noise usually helps for me but I know everyone's mileage varies.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 14th, 2014 07:43 pm (UTC)

switching from Citalopram to Zoloft because I'm grinding my teeth and jaw to hell.

Ow.

Having a head going 200 miles an hour is rather shit.

I suspect it may just be something approaching the normal speed of thought. I've been slow a long, long time.
martianmooncrab
Jan. 14th, 2014 07:25 pm (UTC)
still, an unexpected royalty check, and in January!
greygirlbeast
Jan. 14th, 2014 07:44 pm (UTC)

I'm thinking I won't cash it. Get it framed.
martianmooncrab
Jan. 14th, 2014 07:48 pm (UTC)
you have already immortalized it, so cash it and buy yourself something unexpected too.. or for Spooky.. or the Cat..
setsuled
Jan. 14th, 2014 07:33 pm (UTC)
My mind is going like a race car, but I feel better.

I'm glad to hear it.

So, the last time I received any income from Penguin on this novel was twelve years ago. Until yesterday. Apparently, after twelve years, the book finally earned out. And I have a check for a whopping $82.28.

I was listening to a radio show hosted by someone who had a very small role in the movie Elf. He mentioned he receives a six thousand dollar check every time the movie's shown on television. Some industry.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 14th, 2014 07:44 pm (UTC)

I was listening to a radio show hosted by someone who had a very small role in the movie Elf. He mentioned he receives a six thousand dollar check every time the movie's shown on television. Some industry.</i? Indeed.
aarongp
Jan. 14th, 2014 07:56 pm (UTC)
This is what we call a Reality Check.
Indeed. Perhaps you could splash out at Paper Nautilus?

Glad to hear you have decided on the fate of the Quinn novels. It seems like the series is something you need to have done and out of your system.

Good luck with the reworking, I hope you don't have too much mucking around with the thing to get it sorted.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 14th, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)

Glad to hear you have decided on the fate of the Quinn novels. It seems like the series is something you need to have done and out of your system.

Yes.

Everyone dies.

The end.
eluneth
Jan. 14th, 2014 08:47 pm (UTC)
If that actually did happen, I would derive a great deal of morbid enjoyment from seeing how you make it go down.
readingthedark
Jan. 15th, 2014 12:24 am (UTC)
"Everyone dies" is my favorite ending.
nihilistic_kid
Jan. 14th, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
Damn. Did they restart the count with the mass market?
greygirlbeast
Jan. 14th, 2014 08:29 pm (UTC)

I honestly have no idea. But I wouldn't think so.
pisceanblue
Jan. 14th, 2014 09:14 pm (UTC)
This is what we call a Reality Check.
Never was anything more aptly-named, I reckon.
kaolinfire
Jan. 14th, 2014 11:11 pm (UTC)
++
harrietbrown
Jan. 15th, 2014 05:38 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the royalty check!

And yes, that is a reality check.

I read on the Beyond Meds blog that lamictal withdrawal has to be the worst. Kudos to you for doing it successfully. I hope things get better from here.
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