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"And you, you look like heaven."

walter3
Sunny today, and currently 44˚.

My new moron detector: "totes."

I did not, yesterday, mean to start some sort of kerfuffle by reporting Threshold's first royalty check. To quote Scott Connors (who said this on my Facebook page last night), "Another writer friend of mine told me once that getting a royalty check is a lot like winning the lottery: the odds are against you, and the take-home amount is never what you expect it to be." Yes. Pretty much. I used to think — back when — that it was just me, and all the rest of the literary world was getting fat off royalty checks. Then a mentor, one many times more successful than me, told me one night that he's never gotten a royalty check. Sure, if I'd only gotten a two- or three-thousand dollar advance then twelve years would not have passed before a royalty check turned up. But I don't live off royalty checks. I live off advances. That's how it works for most authors. It's why we have to write so goddamn much. I was amused by the arrival of the check. It was certainly not cause for alarm. Or outrage. Penguin has kept the novel in print for twelve years (as of November 1, 2013) and even allowed me to produce a revised text (the one out now), and I am grateful for that. That's what's truly remarkable here, not the check. So, it's cool, guys. Save words like "travesty" for actual travesties.

I'm pretty sure I could have done a better job with that paragraph. But my brain is still crackling post-Lamictal and precision keeps slipping through my fingers. I expect that will be the case for quite some time to come.

Anyway...onwards.

Somehow I managed, yesterday, to dump all the music off my iPod. We're talking thousands of songs. Thousands. Today, I have begun the process of reloading it. I'll be lazy about that. I'll get on just enough for whatever I'm writing at the moment, and for gaming. I'm not about to try and restore the thing all at once. It would take a week of doing little else.

Oh, and we crossed the river to the Avon and saw John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings (2013). Brilliant, and a delight. I was pleasantly surprised by Daniel Radcliffe's performance as a young Allen Ginsberg, and Ben Foster was eerily good as William Burroughs. Highly recommended.

I spent the evening in The Secret World. Most of my evenings the past two weeks have been spent as Isobel. It's just easier that way.

We're only two weeks into the new year, and already my schedule is a wreck. Here's what I have to do yesterday:

1. Finish Cherry Bomb (which means taking it apart, but hopefully not starting over).
2. Come up with an actual story to go with the title, Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird.
3. Write my story for Neil Clarke's Upgraded anthology.
4. Write something for for and produce Sirenia Digest #96.

Okay. I should not have actually written that out. I'm gonna go lie down. Or write. Or something.

Behind Herself,
Aunt Beast

Comments

( 19 comments — Have your say! )
shanejayell
Jan. 15th, 2014 06:39 pm (UTC)
As odd as it sounds, I always had this image of writers being, you know, money successful. That's changed a LOT since I started connecting with them online. The wonders of modern technology...
greygirlbeast
Jan. 15th, 2014 06:47 pm (UTC)

As odd as it sounds, I always had this image of writers being, you know, money successful.

To a writer, that sounds very, very odd indeed. There are few quicker routes to everlasting poverty.
shanejayell
Jan. 15th, 2014 06:54 pm (UTC)
Romantic image inspired by old books etc, I think. *shrug*
vizsludraugas
Jan. 16th, 2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
I had the exact same image. The people I know who are writers have disabused me of this notion.

I think it comes from a very small slice of writers who are rich..one sees them when one is a child, and thinks everyone's pulling down Steve King bucks. (Of course, he had a period where he wasn't making that much money, either.)
whiskeychick
Jan. 15th, 2014 06:53 pm (UTC)
and when you've chosen poverty...
Alright, I didn't really choose poverty when I said, "I'm going to be a writer," but I may well have.

It's a lot of work.

But stories are what makes us human.

I told my writing group that Cleopatra was known for many great advances for her people during her reign, but most people only know the story of her love affair with Mark Antony or her death.

It's always the stories that remain.

Just wish it paid better.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 15th, 2014 06:57 pm (UTC)
Re: and when you've chosen poverty...

Alright, I didn't really choose poverty when I said, "I'm going to be a writer," but I may well have.

Were I ever to teach a writing workshop – very unlikely – I might begin by saying, "If you think you're going to make a decent living at this, leave now."
whiskeychick
Jan. 15th, 2014 06:59 pm (UTC)
That would be a great opening. You most certainly would get their attention.

Besides, those folks need to just leave, because their heart is not in the story.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 15th, 2014 07:05 pm (UTC)

Besides, those folks need to just leave, because their heart is not in the story.

Well...it's a fine line. I honestly would not be doing this if I couldn't at least pay the bills. But it's not my idea of a "decent living." That would give me enough income to have some sort of long-term security, not live from check to check.
ashlyme
Jan. 15th, 2014 07:54 pm (UTC)
"Kill Your Darlings" sounds wonderful. It's had a very limited release over here, so I'll have to wait for the disc.

I'm late in saying this, but the latest SD was a joy to read - I don't know HPL's dreamland stories nearly well enough. I hope you manage to finish "The Alchemist's Daughter" someday.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 15th, 2014 08:06 pm (UTC)

I'm late in saying this, but the latest SD was a joy to read

Thank you.
martianmooncrab
Jan. 15th, 2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
one friend got a check for $38 for her first royalties, and the book was 20 years old. It was a nice a nice advance.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 15th, 2014 08:30 pm (UTC)

That sounds about right.
sovay
Jan. 15th, 2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
That's how it works for most authors. It's why we have to write so goddamn much.

Oh; I thought it was the inextinguishable muse and the love of RSI.

Oh, and we crossed the river to the Avon and saw John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings (2013). Brilliant, and a delight.

Cool! I certainly liked the look of Radcliff as Ginsberg; I'm glad he holds up the rest of it.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 15th, 2014 11:17 pm (UTC)

Oh; I thought it was the inextinguishable muse and the love of RSI.

Here I sit, laughing quietly to myself...

Cool! I certainly liked the look of Radcliff as Ginsberg; I'm glad he holds up the rest of it.

You guys really need to see it ASAP.
setsuled
Jan. 16th, 2014 12:38 am (UTC)
Oh, and we crossed the river to the Avon and saw John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings (2013). Brilliant, and a delight. I was pleasantly surprised by Daniel Radcliffe's performance as a young Allen Ginsberg, and Ben Foster was eerily good as William Burroughs. Highly recommended.

I'm really frustrated it's not been released in San Diego. How was Jack Huston as Kerouac? I really liked him on Boardwalk Empire.
greygirlbeast
Jan. 16th, 2014 03:28 pm (UTC)

he was very good. And yeah. His is probably my favorite character from Boardwalk Empire.
ulffriend
Jan. 16th, 2014 02:15 am (UTC)
I'm thankful that I didn't know what "totes" meant (other than the present tense for carrying something, if you live in the south) until I read something that you posted several days ago. Day by day, I'm becoming more grateful that I'm apparently becoming an old fart.

That having been said, I don't understand why getting paid for one's work is a travesty in anyone's book. There goes the whole "old fart" thing again, apparently. Congratulations on some found money.
robyn_ma
Jan. 17th, 2014 10:33 pm (UTC)
My new moron detector: "totes."

However, hearing Malcolm McDowell say "totes mcgotes" in that commercial is amusing.
Jim Rieber
Jan. 21st, 2014 05:09 am (UTC)
Twelve years
I can't believe it's really been twelve years since Threshold came out. I had hair then, and hope.

Wait. That's a lie. But I did have my hair.
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