My FIRST BLOG

The purpose of this site is to find a larger audience for the ridiculous amount of writing I do. How ridiculous, you ask? In just one year I wrote four novels, nearly completed a sequel to the second novel and collaborated with my friend Laura Hall (best known for her piano skills on Whose Line Is It Anyway?) on a musical “Room to Grow” that is, quite frankly, brilliant.  I have since written a screenplay, a sitcom pilot and a few more novels. I am nothing if not prolific. All the while, I have been raising my two daughters and Laura and I continue work towards mounting a professional production of the aforementioned musical.I also like to draw and/or paint.

My immediate future needs to be about marketing, while continuing to do what I love, and what better way to go about it than to write? The fact that pen and paper is my favorite medium may serve as a hindrance to my computer-impaired brain, but I am determined to get past that, and lets face it, if this has been posted then I am well on my way.

All of my novels, Searching for My Wand, On a Hot August AfternoonThe Salacious Marny Ottwiler and Crashing Into Us, are all available for purchase on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Bridget-Straub/e/B006KEG0KE/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0 Go check them out!

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Has My Ship Come In?

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Not quite. As many of you know, I began this blog hoping to build my “Brand” and to get a publishing deal. Well, good news/bad news. I finally had an offer sent my way, that’s the good news. The bad news is that it came from a publisher in Madrid, Spain who would like me to pay half of the costs for translating my work. Short of that, I was told it would take five years to publish because they are so flooded with material? Something like that. I’m guessing what that means is that they have plenty of broke authors and are looking to find some with a little money. Alas, that’s not me.

Better I should continue to plug away and publish my own books. At least that way when Hollywood comes calling, I’m sure to own all the rights to my own material. Here’s hoping this offer was just the start of something much bigger and better!

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Do You Have Klout?

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Do you care? I am constantly getting updates in my email, and frankly I find them hard to believe, most especially this last one. I mean let’s face it, I have done very little lately to boost my image. I haven’t been blogging nearly as much as I used to, and social media? Forget about it. I am burned out as far as that goes. Twitter has become so impersonal that I haven’t the discipline to engage, and Facebook is right behind it. Tumblr is the domain of my kids, and they have all but forbid me to get an account, which is fine by me.

Twitter sends me recommendations almost daily as to who I should befriend, and how I can get more followers, but why? I haven’t seen that it is working to sell books or get me some amazing publishing deal. I haven’t been wildly entertained by clever quotes or pictures of people’s cats. So I have Klout. Do I have enough Klout? Do you care that I have Klout? What is the purpose of Klout? It’s all a mystery to me but not one I’m terribly invested in.

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It Must Be In The Title!

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Last month On a Hot August Afternoon sold better than it ever has, but so far this month, sales have dropped off significantly. Now the only reason I can come up with to explain it, is because in August people were drawn to the word August in the title. So I guess I’m going to have to name all future books accordingly. For example: Simmering in September, October Optimists, November Numb Nuts, and Deceit in December. What do you think? It could work, right?

If I just come up with a title for every month, then I’ll at least be selling something on a consistent level. Perhaps this will be my niche. It makes about as much sense as anything else. I’ll even rename my previous books to include months in the title. Crashing Into Us will become Crashing Into Us in May, or Searching For My Wand will be Searching For My Wand in April and then I can try an all inclusive The Salacious Marny Ottwiler from January through December!

The originals will then become collector’s items! Quick! Run over to Amazon and pick up your copies before it’s too late! Also, Charlie is a year old today and would want you to do this. I’m just saying…

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Time Goes By

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Every day I think I am going to write and every day comes to an end with very little to show for it. I can’t seem to shut out the so called “real” world the way I usually can. My mind is consumed with thoughts of my kids and what they are doing, as well as what they need to be doing. This is the year Tessa has to apply for college, and the decisions and work involved in doing so is overwhelming. Add to that Tori’s starting a new school, and my son Nick being between jobs, and my mind is on a constant spin cycle.

Now to be fair, Nick is an adult and perfectly capable of getting another job on his own. That’s not a huge concern. What does concern me is his happiness. I want him to find a job that he enjoys and where he will be surrounded by like minded people. As for Tori, she appears to be doing very well, but as is to be expected with any new endeavor, there have been a few hic-ups along the way to this school becoming all that it has the potential to be. Frankly, I’d like them to get it together now.

Lastly, college! Agggrrrhh! How do you help a child who is not yet seventeen to decide if she is prepared to go away to a college thousands of miles from home, especially when you can’t afford to go check it out ahead of time. Should I be encouraging her to stay put and go to a school nearby, or do I encourage her to be adventurous and spread her wings? She has the potential to receive a full scholarship, but if she gets it, she has to accept it, which means no changing her mind. She will be stuck for the next four years with a rushed decision made at sixteen, because the application has to be in by the end of this month. It is maddening and enough to leave me all but paralyzed with anxiety.

I cannot begin to tell you how much I wish I could lose myself in writing right now!

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Ups and Downs

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The past few weeks have been tough and the next few promise more of the same. We are stuck in that in between time where money is not coming in and it’s a struggle just to get by. However, on a more positive note, I have not only sold some books this month, but others have been borrowed from the Amazon library.

Correction; I have sold one book. On A Hot August Afternoon. It continues to baffle me as to why the others don’t sell. This being the rough month it is though, I’m not looking a gift horse in the mouth (whatever that means) and I am grateful for this spot of light in an otherwise difficult time. Just to be clear, all four books are available on Amazon!

Crashing Into Us http://www.amazon.com/Crashing-Into-Us-Bridget-Straub-ebook/dp/B00GQIWUNA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1403406100&sr=1-1&keywords=crashing+into+us

On a Hot August Afternoon http://www.amazon.com/Hot-August-Afternoon-Bridget-Straub-ebook/dp/B008BMENNE/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_1

The Salacious Marny Ottwiler http://www.amazon.com/Salacious-Marny-Ottwiler-Bridget-Straub-ebook/dp/B00A43VD4U/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_3

Searching For My Wand http://www.amazon.com/Searching-For-Wand-Bridget-Straub-ebook/dp/B006K7OSVO/ref=pd_rhf_dp_p_img_3

Hope there has been much light in your month and that there will continue to be! On to bigger and better times!

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Too Soon To Breathe?

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We are four days into the new school year, and after a few bumps along the way, all seems to be settling down. My older daughter is finishing out her last year in the original high school we chose, while my younger daughter has opted to go to a new school. As you know from a previous post, this was not an easy decision to make. Both girls would prefer to skip school all together, but seeing as that is not an option, they appear to be doing their best to make peace with their decisions.

I am hopeful that they can get through the year with as little drama as possible. High school being high school, I don’t know if that’s a crazy thought or not, but I am keeping my fingers crossed.

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When To Push

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When I was fourteen, my mother agreed to let me try a new “alternative” high school, and honestly, the results were somewhat disastrous. I wound up dropping out six months before graduating because the teachers were so full of themselves and that’s not just the conclusion of a disgruntled seventeen year old girl. When I look back on it now, it’s a wonder I lasted that long.

Fast forward to the present, when I have a fourteen year old daughter of my own trying to decide where to go to school. Her choices are to remain at the school she started at last year that has gone steadily downhill, or to move to a new school that some of the best teachers from the old school are starting. Last night we went to an open house at the new school, and if anything, it sounds too good to be true. The thing that is most intriguing is the enthusiasm of the directors and the creative approach to teaching. On many levels it seems a no brainer but here is where it gets difficult; friendship.

My daughter and her best friend have known each other since they were three. They have gone to elementary school, middle school and begun high school together. She doesn’t want to leave her because she fears they will never see one another. They will hang with different people and drift apart, and as much as I’d like to tell her that could never happen, I can’t say it. There is the very real possibility that it could, and while I can say as an adult that it might be meant to happen, I know as a child that is scary and a miserable thought.

I love her best friend and would be really sad if they don’t remain close, and yet do I push her to risk it, or do I leave the decision up to her? I want what’s best for her, and educationally speaking, I think the new school is where she belongs, but emotionally I’m just not sure.

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