Milkshake Madness

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My daughter texted me from school this week with the following; “I think you should buy me a milkshake when I get into college.” This girl loves a good milkshake, especially one made at Baskin Robbins with gold medal ice cream. “Ok” I wrote back. “Good, because I just got accepted!” she replied.

Gulp!

That’s my baby! I’ve known from very early on that she would go to college and of course we have been waiting for the acceptances to begin rolling in, but, that’s my baby! I don’t want her to leave! Oh well, some things are just meant to be and this is who she is. I’m happy for her but oh geez!

This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
  • Link back to this post (feel free to use the SOC Sunday graphic).
  • Add  your post below (be sure to use the permalink to your post, not your blog’s URL; and only NEW posts please).
  • Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.
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Opening Up

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My kids have a tendency to roll their eyes when I suggest they try to be more positive or envision a better circumstance. I have two pictures of waterfalls on our front door (inside, not out) because someone said the flowing water can represent money flowing in. They find this absurd. I also have a red plant outside the front door, but that doesn’t embarrass them the way the photos do.

Do I know for a fact that these things work? No, not for a fact, but I do know that they make me more optimistic and when good things happen, I’m willing to accept that they may or may not have something to do with it. I figure it this way, where’s the harm?

In this past week alone, I have had a second of my books show up in an Amazon email, I have discovered some promising promotional outlets for my next book, and I have found a new Facebook group for writers to promote one another that may also prove very promising. Does adding that second waterfall have something to do with it? Who knows, but I sure am feeling more optimistic!

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Look at That!

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Look what showed up in my inbox today. There is nothing cooler than seeing your work out in the world. Amazon did this with my second book, On a Hot August Afternoon and admittedly the sales of that book have slowly increased. I am crossing fingers and toes that the same will happen with The Salacious Marny Ottwiler. You can pick it up here; http://www.amazon.com/Salacious-Marny-Ottwiler-Bridget-Straub-ebook/dp/B00A43VD4U/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=031WG351CM8AJW6RPQS7

Gearing up to publish my 5th book, Hanging From the High Wire, I am hopeful that this will not only spur interest in my other books, but this new one as well.

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Cheating

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I have never understood winning by cheating, and although timely, this is not condemning The Patriots who just won the Super Bowl. I’m not a big football fan, but I have no idea if someone deflated those footballs that won them a chance to play in the Super Bowl or not. What I do wonder about, however, is who would want to win that way? Why on earth would Tom Brady, one of the most celebrated players of recent times, suddenly decide to cheat?

Maybe (hopefully) he wouldn’t, but the fact of the matter is, people do it all of the time. I was reading a blog post by Tess Gerritsen just yesterday in regard to her lawsuit against Warner Brothers. She wrote the book Gravity on which the movie was based. She sold the rights to New Line back in 1999. She had a contract that promised her credit, and of course money if a film was made. Warner Brothers bought out New Line, made the movie, and chose not to honor the contract. Crazy, right?

Here’s the real kicker for me. She has since discovered that Alfonso Cuaron, who wrote the screenplay sometime around 2009, had first been attached to the film in 2000 when New Line had the newly acquired rights to the book. Didn’t he find it wrong to take all the credit for this story? What kind of hollow victory must the success of that film have been? You can read about the lawsuit here;

http://www.tessgerritsen.com/gravity-lawsuit-affects-every-writer-sells-hollywood/

It’s just sad that so many people need to claim glory for things they have not accomplished on their own. Writers, artists as portrayed in the film Big Eyes, and the many athletes, such as Lance Armstrong who have admitted to using steroids, have all cheated. I just don’t get it.

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Sunday Morning Five

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I’m going for it again, the five minute dump, a name my sister has laughingly told me is disgusting. She’s right of course, it does not paint a pretty picture, but lets move on. This past week has been okay, but not great. The good news is that we are (fingers crossed) only days away from getting our tax refund! Yay! The bad news is that we are flat broke and need that money pronto!

There are approximately 5 million things we need to do with that money and the reality is, we won’t even scratch the surface, but at least we will be able to breathe again and that’s a good thing. I like to breathe! Five minutes goes really fast.

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
  • Link your new posts to All Things Fadra (feel free to use her SOC Sunday graphic).
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Gearing Up

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I am having a hard time not looking at my Amazon sales reports. When I had The Salacious Marny Ottwiler up for free, it was exciting to watch it’s ranking get closer and closer to #1. Now, a week and a half later, the numbers on all of my books are getting higher and higher, instead of lower and lower. That’s no fun at all.

Soooo, I am trying to come up with ideas as to how I can better promote my future books. Hanging From the High Wire will be released in the next two months or so, and I am already fast at work on a new novel that I am hopeful I’ll be able to publish by early summer, if not before. I love writing and working out the covers. That’s the fun part, but I really have to pysch myself to contact bloggers I hope will be interested in reviewing and/or helping me to promote my work. So far I have done… Nothing!

Instead, I think about how I should be compiling a list of people to contact, and then I write another chapter of the new book. I think to myself that I have got to master Goodreads, and then I work on the cover of Hanging From the High Wire. I tell myself I need more Twitter followers and Facebook friends, while I wish I could relax and read a good book, or watch something entertaining on TV. When I can’t find anything better, I end up watching HGTV’s House Hunters and I long to be able to own a house of my very own.

Now you would think that longing would motivate me to get to work on promotion, but no. Instead, I go back to working on the new book because, let’s face it, that’s so much easier. Sometimes (okay, so lots of times) I fantasize about hiring someone to oversee my Goodreads, Twitter, and other social media accounts for me. Of course in order to do that I’d have to sell more books. It’s a bit of a vicious cycle. So here I sit, writing this post in the hope that it will help to build my following? Well, something like that.

Okay, so really I just want to motivate one of you to come up with the perfect solution for me. You think on it and get back to me, and I’ll go work on the new book. The main character has just run into the ocean in order to break the building sexual tension with her date, and I can’t leave her out there indefinitely. After all, she could catch a cold!

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Oh What a Night!

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I went to bed around 11:30pm last night and after just a little while managed to fall asleep. Then I woke up a little before two and didn’t get back to sleep until almost six!

At first I took it in stride, figuring I’d fall back asleep soon enough. Ha! As is so often the case, I was probably stressing over money and my future, but it wasn’t as though I was truly panicked. I entertained myself by figuring out what I would do if I had $200,000. $75,000 down on a house and $25,000 for whatever comes up. The other $100,000 I was using to make my house payments for the next four years or so.

Still not sleeping, I thought about book sales, wondering how many books I would have to sell just to make $10,00o a year. I think I make $1.70 per book so it comes to over 500 books a month. That’s a lot of books, and a little daunting. No wonder I couldn’t sleep after that realization! I mean, lets face it, it’s not as though you could live on $10,000.

I think it’s clear, my books need to be turned into films and they need to be blockbusters!

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