Friday, October 4, 2013

Schmirffday-Birthday Musings

Hello all!

I finally lifted my head up today and looked around, wondering...what HAVE I been doing all week? A whole lot of busy nothings and somethings.

October hit and I realized CONTROL's release is less than three months away. Suddenly, it doesn't seem so far off anymore and I've been trying to mobilize myself for what's going to happen after the release. Things like launch party, going to conferences and book festivals, and generally being a non-introvert (EEK).

So here's a random (and not so random) list of things I've been up to.

1. Revising a new book that may or may not ever see the light of day. One of the things I'm proud of is is I get to delve into my own Korean culture to furnish this world, and that's been fun!

2. I got a prose poem published this past summer! I keep forgetting to say anything about it. The poem is called "The Clot" and it's in Great Weather for Media's summer anthology, The Understanding Between Foxes and Light. 

3. I have a team of people helping me with Control's publicity and marketing. (That sentence I just wrote? Weird. Dream come true, but...weird.) I met the Penguin team in August and I'm excited about what they've got planned to help get the word out about Control. (Like the cool Goodreads Giveaway of 5 copies of Control ARCs going on right now--enter here!)  And I'm also working with Dana Kaye Publicity, who's been amazing with helping me set up lots of events after Control comes out. :)

4. The RT convention is not around the corner, but if you want to go, time to register. I went to RT (Romance Times) last year for one day; this year I'm going for almost a week in May and only just found out that I made it onto several panels and events! So if you'd like to be surrounded by books, authors, and New Orleans culture, it's time to sign up!

6. I promised my son I would hand-make a blue octopus costume for Halloween, because we can't find one ready made that isn't a million bucks. So yeah, I just cut the sleeves off of some super cheap blue shirts and have MUCH sewing to do. Soon. And tentacle stuffing. And sucker glueing. Gads, what I gotten myself into?

This will be my son, soon enough. If I can get my act together...

7. Getting over bronchitis. It's so not fun coughing like you're dying of galloping consumption and about to fade away like Ruby Gillis in Anne of the Island. (Oh, I just got my PPD and it's NEGATIVE. Just FYI.)

Ruby, pre-TB. Source
8. Today is my birthday. I've been too busy to notice my schmirffday (which seems like a better word for it, as it sounds like how I feel when I hear the dreaded word). When I decided to write a blog for today, I was like, what? What am I going to blog about? Is it October already? OMG, look at the date; I'm old tomorrow. When did that creep up on me? I'm not going to tell you how old I am, except to say it's older than you think. Let's put it this way--I've been invited to a Prom Party at the Vegas Valley Book Festival in November, and if I go, I'm wearing my junior prom dress, a black polka dotted Laura Ashley dress. I don't even think that's cool enough to call retro, isn't that sad? So that pretty much tell you what you need to know, birth-date wise. :)

What are you guys up to these days? Tell me one thing that's been keeping you occupied lately!


Trisha said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! You certainly don't look old and that's what counts, I say! :) And I looove the sound of your dress. Reminds me of The Wedding Singer for some reason. Which I also love.

Congrats on the book stuff, that's all so exciting!!

Jessica Bell said...

Happy birthday! You're writing a book set in Korea? Wow. I'd totally be interested in reading that ...

Unknown said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, dear!!! And what are you talking about? Your prom dress sounds adorable (and I love polka dots)! I hope we'll get to see pictures! ;)

Speaking of, I hope we get to see pics of the finished octopus costume. I love that your kiddo wants to be one for Halloween.

Also, eeee! Pet project! ;) And eeeee CONTROL soon!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Happy Birthday! Know what you mean about being busy. I've been crazy busy. But I can imagine you'll be super, super busy getting ready for your book release. And so organized about it. Can't wait!

Connie Keller said...

Happy Birthday!!

Congratulations on all the book release stuff. I hope it's not overwhelming.

And I hope you feel better soon!

Shelly said...

Have a terrific birthday! I hope it's the best one yet. I'm being occupied with a painting project that grows bigger each day here at the house.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Happy birthday!! And congratulations on the poem. Glad I didn't have to do many live events for my book releases. Those are not my thing.

Kelly Polark said...

I didn't know you wrote poetry. Congrats! Looking forward to reading Control in a few months, Lydia!
Enjoy the bday and I hope you get to wear that polka dotted dress! :)

Julie Dao said...

Happy birthday, Lydia!!! Just eat lots of cake and don't think about it ;) Excited for your book! I can't wait to read it.

Unknown said...

Happy Schmirrfday! And nah, you aren't old. Age is all in your head!

Sounds like a ton of exciting stuff coming up for you. I'm so thrilled for Control! And your new book sounds intriguing; I hope it does see the light of day sometime.

Have an awesome time at the RT convention!

Deb Salisbury, Magic Seeker and Mantua-Maker said...

Happy Birthday, Lydia! Your dress sounds darling! I'm envious you can fit in your junior prom dress. ;-)

Congratulations on your poem!

I'm sad to hear you were sick, but I'm glad you're getting over the bug in your lungs.

Please, please, PLEASE post a photo of you son's costume!!! I adore costumes of all kinds, but his sounds fantastic. :-)

Jenny Woolf said...

Sounds busy but very exciting indeed. Well done! And I shall enter the competition too. I hope your son wowed everyone in his costume!

J E Oneil said...

Happy birthday!

The next few months are going to be busy ones, aren't they? Costumes and book promotions :) Don't forget to breathe sometimes!

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