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Yesterday's LJ entry apparently was among yesterday's 25 most popular. LJ told me so. How weird is that?

Outside, it's March. Only 71˚F and cloudy and 81% humidity. Shit weather. And how come no one told me there were new Bloom County strips? Bad humans.

Yesterday was a good writing day. I did 1,287 words and finished the second section of Agents of Dreamland. Now, hesitantly, I set it aside to write pieces for Sirenia Digest 114 and 115 (July and August).

Because people think things, there's something I should explain. On the one hand, the movie options and my doing a screenplay, this is really, really good news. On the other, it doesn't mean that suddenly I'm wealthy. Indeed, it means nothing of the sort. Most option deals are for only a few thousand dollars per book. I was lucky and got a bit more than average. I think it would be crass to reveal the actual sum, so I won't. Anyway, assuming that the films are made, and that my screenplay is indeed used, I'll make enough that I can relax just a little for a few years. But I still won't be wealthy. Hopefully, the buzz generated by the option will help my lit agent get me a better deal on Interstate Love Song, and if the movies are made, my books might sell a little better, and maybe other directors will be interested in my material. Incrementally, this could all, eventually, equal a substantially better income. But that's all a big maybe. I just wanted to say this, because in the months to come I don't want people wondering why I'm still putting out the digest and doing eBay and begging for pennies on the street corners when I could just kick back and swim around in my money like Scrooge McDuck.

I think that counts as a public service announcement.

Datak Tarr, you're a son of a bitch, but you're still a righteous dude.

TTFN,
Aunt Beast

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sovay
Jul. 26th, 2015 04:25 pm (UTC)
Hopefully, the buzz generated by the option will help my lit agent get me a better deal on Interstate Love Song, and if the movies are made, my books might sell a little better, and maybe other directors will be interested in my material.

I certainly hope it helps with Interstate Love Song. That is a book I want very much to read.
everville340
Jul. 26th, 2015 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thanks for reposting your news and announcement from Facebook. If I might ask, what is the easiest way to follow you directly on Facebook after creating an account?
greygirlbeast
Jul. 26th, 2015 04:32 pm (UTC)

Just send me a "friend" request. And I'll accept it. And you'll be in.
everville340
Jul. 26th, 2015 04:45 pm (UTC)
I think I just did. Thank you. It's a bit overwhelming getting started on there.
ladyblue56
Jul. 26th, 2015 05:35 pm (UTC)
And how come no one told me there were new Bloom County strips? Bad humans.

Hangs head bc I did think of relaying the information. Berkeley is back! The only good thing to come out of Donald Trump throwing his bad hair into the GOP Clown Rodeo.

I hope you have more good than bad days, in writing but for life in general too.
martianmooncrab
Jul. 26th, 2015 05:35 pm (UTC)
Most folks dont understand the finances of a writer, how much goes to taxes, agent, the cat, and that you are lucky if you get paid on time twice a year. Once you get done playing catchup on the bills and health insurance, there might be enough to live on the next 6 months if you dont eat.

Here is to hoping you get the better deals, and reprints with the movie covers on the books.
whiskeychick
Jul. 27th, 2015 03:19 pm (UTC)
Not only crass, but no one needs to know. Teaching my children about asking folks about income and how much things cost has been difficult, because it seems other parents do not do this. I'm amazed at how many people ask me how much I paid for my home, or how much I make from editing a book, blah blah blah. It's unnerving and rude. If they just looked around they would know that I'm one paycheck from ruin, but keep fighting.

Congrats on the screenplay. I always like to see the original author get the screenplay. Let's hope the buzz generated does do all those good things. Looking forward to Interstate Love Song being on the shelves.
raidingparty
Jul. 27th, 2015 05:29 pm (UTC)
There's two different ways to look at it.
- Don't talk about money because manners, but manners is a placeholder for a social good. It could cause embarrassment, or hurt feelings, or fuel for classism... not sure what other reasons.
- Do talk about money to keep others from taking advantage of you. If you want to know how much to pay for a Ford Prefect, or are being treated differently than your coworkers... although it should be a mutually-beneficial discussion, and there are probably ways to frame the topic to alleviate discomfort.
dipsomaniac
Jul. 27th, 2015 04:38 pm (UTC)
Datak Tarr, you're a son of a bitch, but you're still a righteous dude.

I was not expecting that move from Datak Tarr but was so happy afterwards. I also really liked seeing the flashbacks with his father. On another note I think it's funny how Doc Yewll passive-aggressively flirts with women... I wish she'd get some romantic interest.
harrietbrown
Jul. 28th, 2015 02:05 am (UTC)
Congratulations! It's nice to see your hard work is paying off. Hopefully things will work out just right and to your advantage.
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