Sunday, December 5, 2010
Sisters and Sangria
As you are reading this, I am already in Las Vegas celebrating my birthday. If the gods of the one-armed bandits smile on me, I will have a nice Christmas. But I’m not holding my breath. I don’t gamble big so I don’t win or lose big, but the lure of a free room beckons, and hubby and I go to the city that never sleeps about three times a year. The voodoo doll was made by my dear friend, Sylvia Rochester, an amazing artist and talented author.
Enough about that. Bet you’re wondering why in the world this blog is named Sisters and Sangria.
You’ll have to wait as I have lots of things to say before I tell you. Since the year 2010 is ending, I wanted to reflect on everything that has happened to me in the last twelve months. It has been an amazing year, and frankly I don’t want it to end. But Christmas is only three weeks away, and 2011 will follow quickly behind.
Let’s start with December 17th, 2009. I answered the phone call from my agent. “This is the call,” she said.
“Yes, the call.”
Then I screamed and Dan came running in from the other room. I held up three fingers. “They’re buying three books,” I told him.
And that was the beginning of one of the most hectic and best years of my life. So much has happened since that phone call, it’s hard to remember everything, but I’ll try.
As soon as I hung up with Christine, I began to panic. Faith, my editor at Berkley had bought three books on three chapters and a synopsis. Holy crap! How could I write a book she liked? I spent the next four to five months wallowing in self doubt. The standing joke around my house was, "Did you write today?” I’d shake my head and hubby would say, “Don’t cash the check yet!!
It was just the kick in the butt I needed. My deadline was July 1st and I was finished a few weeks before. Since Faith was so busy at Berkley and since my book isn’t coming out until October, she just finished reading it Thanksgiving week…and she loved it. After only a few hours of editing, the book is in Production.
OMG! I will have a book with my name on it.
Still wondering about the Sisters and Sangria? Hold your horses. I’m windy!!
Anyway, my journey to publication wasn’t a lonely one. I had gads of friends and loved ones who were cheerleaders, psychiatrists when I was sure my writing sucked, and task masters when I wanted so much to procrastinate and go back to being a “write when I wanted” author.
So, I've decided to dedicate this blog to all the people who have helped me on the way…at least all the people whose pictures I have. So here goes:
Today, we went to an Ice show at the Gaylord Hotel in Dallas with kids and grandkids. It was truly amazing. My family has been so supportive, and I live for these kids. Here I am with my two grandsons.
Me and three grandkids.
My critique partners who can testify to my windiness.
Christine Witthohn and some of the Book Cents Clients who are the best.
My real live siblings who give me so much joy.
And now I’m going to tell you why this bog is named Sisters and Sangria. I have mentioned before that I have an amazing group of women with whom I have been playing Bunko for over 25 years. We vacation together every year, we’ve been through divorces, deaths of spouses, cancer, joy and just about every emotion you can think of with each other. They have always been my biggest supporters when it comes to my writing and read every story I have.
Friday night we had our annual Christmas party where we always take a group photo.
Just when I though they couldn’t ever surprise me since I know them all so well, they did it. They snuck around behind my back and came up with this ridiculous idea about having another picture made. Seems they are a bit jealous that I have my Mystery and Margarita sisters and that awesome picture on the top of the blog.
So, they decided they wanted to be in the blog as Sisters and Sangria, costumes and all. Here we are, most of us grannies looking a lot like geriatric Annie Oakleys!!!
Make that HOT geriatric Annies!! Check out the cleavage!!
You gotta love it.