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  • November 29th, 2005 | 6:54 AM
up for air

Okay, yes, it has been more than a couple of weeks since I last tried to resurface. Boy how time flies when you are running 8 directions at once. Do you have any idea how long it takes to print and fold 3000 brochures, 3000 flyers, 3000 address labels, 3000 mailing labels? And then put those labels and stamps on 3000 envelopes? And then stuff the brochure, the flyer, AND 3 postcards into each of 3000 envelopes? And THEN seal all 3000 envelopes? Well I thought I knew how long it would take, but I was wrong. Triple any time estimates you might have and you'll probably be close. I still have about 500 envelopes to seal but had to stop for a while as I had the second round of revisions due on my novel. So yes, I'm spinning in circles. The revisions are due Thursday and I should make that okay, then back to the envelopes, all going out much later than I had planned.

In other news, I DID get my new car. (Honda Civic Coupe, EX, beautiful Atomic Blue) Yahoo! That's the good news. It's beautiful and smooth and quite intimidating right now because it is so different from my tin can Kia that I used to drive. The bad news is that I am having head rest issues. Actually they are called "head restraints" and are supposed to help protect against whiplash except that for me, at 5' tall, they push my head forward at an unnatural angle. So yes, I have a new car but it hurts to drive it. We're trying other things to fix it, like trying an Accord head rest and turning the current head rest backwards and if needs, taking it off all together. Sigh. But other than that, I love it. Lot to get used to. So much window that the visibility is good but weird. Hard to see out of the back and I have no idea where the end of the car is so that will just take time to get to know it. The online navigation is awesome and can be controlled with a touch screen or voice command. Actually all the audio can be controlled with voice commands too, which is pretty darn cool!

I drove it to work for the first time yesterday and at lunch there were a bunch of guys gathered around it. That's never happened with any car I've owned.

Now all it needs is a name. A literary name, of course. Suggestions, anyone?
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There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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November 29th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
I have never named a car! What a good idea. I just got a new Toyota Avalon...well, not new...new to me!! But I love it.

So, is it a girl or a boy?? Or do you want a name like.. Robin, thats good for both.

November 29th, 2005 05:02 pm (UTC)
I once named a Chevy I had...

Vlad the Impala
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November 29th, 2005 05:08 pm (UTC)
Maya HondaLou
Emily Civicson
Kurt Vonnecoupe
November 29th, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
You were born to name cars!
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November 29th, 2005 05:11 pm (UTC)
Slatts, you're hilarious!! I was gonna suggest Harriet, as in Harriet the Spy...
November 29th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
oh that's good too.
November 29th, 2005 06:06 pm (UTC)
Well .... maybe 'Louie'

after Louis L'amour who wrote the story that became the movie 'Hondo' (with John Wayne, doncha know ... )

And then you'd get to go around singing 'Louie Louie' which was written by Richard Berry (berries are blue, so there's another tie.)

Fine little girl she waits for me
Me catch the ship for cross the sea
Me sail the ship all alone
Me never think me make it home

Louie, Louie, me gotta go
Louie, Louie, me gotta go

Three nights and days me sail the sea
Me think of girl constantly
On the ship I dream she there
I smell the rose in her hair

Louie, Louie, me gotta go
Louie, Louie, me gotta go

Me see Jamaica moon above
It won't be long, me see my love,
I take her in my arms and then
Me tell her I never leave again

Louie, Louie, me gotta go
Louie, Louie, me gotta go

November 29th, 2005 09:37 pm (UTC)
wow...I never can make those sort of connections.
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November 29th, 2005 09:40 pm (UTC)
Re: 3,000?
My fingers are exhausted and covered with paper cuts. My tongue is swollen because the darn little ball thing to help just wasn't working for me. I hope my publisher appreciates it too. I just got one gig for Oliver out of the mailing so that's good. I think the hard thing is that this is a labor of love. I haven't figured out how to translate it into sales. I mean hopefully the teacher will buy a copy of the book but I'd love to get them to buy a bunch, like a fundraiser for the school.

And no, not too late for you at all. I have 4 Olivers so I can rotate them around. Let me know when and I'll see if he's available.

And thank you.
November 29th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC)
You are one savvy marketer. I'm learning from you.
November 29th, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I actually love this part of the business I'm just so tired of it.
November 29th, 2005 07:50 pm (UTC)
Susan, I'm happy to see you come up for air :o)

Missed you!
November 29th, 2005 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Haemi. I missed being here. We all know how isolated we writers are and I really need my virtual connections.
November 29th, 2005 08:32 pm (UTC)
Car-fully Chosen Words ;>
So good to have you back where you belong, Susan. Your posts are so full of life. Like you.

I am proud of you. 3000 contacts. I am sure your hard work will be amply rewarded.

About that car: It sounds like a male. I don't know why. Do you agree?

How about the Blue Prince? (Blue PRINTS?! Blue PRINTZ?!)

I know. Stop groaning.


November 29th, 2005 09:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Car-fully Chosen Words ;>
Thanks, Pamela, for the sweet words. I appreicate it.

I love Blue Prince. Hahaha. And I love groaners.

Actually I am thinking about calling the car Newbery. Whadda ya think?
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November 29th, 2005 11:54 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your new awesome car! YAY YOU!
November 30th, 2005 01:30 am (UTC)
Thanks Debbi.
November 30th, 2005 06:18 am (UTC)
you so impress me YOU SO IMPRESS ME!
November 30th, 2005 03:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks Meg. Now let's hope I don't collapse from overwork. ;-)
July 6th, 2007 08:01 am (UTC)
New car
The feeling after buying a new car is great.You don't feel ashamed to go somewhere with it.You want to show it to everybody.That's why I love buying new cars but this can happen only 2 or maybe three times in my life.
Cara Fletcher
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

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Who am I? Read and find out.

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