Monday, January 31, 2011

It's Monday. The rest of the city's getting ready for work but I'm on vacation again. I enjoy taking vacations (of course) but it always makes it that much harder to return to work afterwards. I think it enforces my hatred for the place. But I've only got four more years to go before retirement. Four more long years. I've heard from some that those years will fly by, but I have my doubts. I'm the type of person who can't stop looking forward and inevitably can't stop waiting for what's to come. This results in little more than watching water boil.

I'm looking forward to retirement, as would anyone. Steve and I will be moving to Colorado, when the time comes. Woodland Park, if plans stay the same. We've gone around and around on several different locations over the past few years but have settled on Woodland Park. Of course if all the stars align and things fall into place for us as we pray they will, retirement will come much earlier.

If things do happen faster than planned, Steve wants to buy a house here in Austin with a pool and stay for one more year. We've always dreamed of having a house with a pool, and the summer heat here would be better for it than in the mountains of Colorado. I can't say as I blame him. As I said, we've always dreamed of having a pool, one private enough to do as we please, if you get my drift.

Although, the thought of having to stay in Austin longer than we have to is almost more than I can bear. I can't stand it here. The traffic and the summer heat, and the winter heat for that matter. It's the end of January and the past four days or so have been in the mid 70's.

But my main priority with writing is to be successful enough to support Steve and give him whatever he wants. That would make me happier than anything else, honestly. So if staying in Austin for a year longer so he can lay naked poolside all summer is what he wants, I'll do it. Of course I'll be lying right there beside him so it won't be too bad. And if things go as we planned, perhaps I won't have to get out in the traffic-clogged streets as much as I do now and it won't be too bad. We'll see.

That's it for now. Be nice to each other.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Part of the downs

The point of this blog was to show the ups and downs of an up and coming writer. My hopes had been that there would have been more ups at this point in my career, but as it turns out, not so much . . . yet.

Unfortunately, there has recently been a large "down" in the ups and downs game. As some of you may know, I wrote a book called "Blue Moon" (available on Amazon and Barnes&noble.com). About five years ago (I can't believe it's been that long) I decided to try my hand at screenwriting and wrote the screenplay for the book. I posted it on a site where producers go and find new screenplays. It wasn't long before I had some interest. An independent production company contacted me and were interested. They had me start doing some editing work on it and we went back and forth for about a year. Then, that production company "broke up" and I was left in the lurch.

But as it turned out, the second half of that production company contacted me and was going to start a new company, I'll call it Thanks For Nothing Productions. So, the producer with Thanks For Nothing told me that she wanted to bring in a new screenwriter and redo the script because mine wasn't right. Okay, why wasn't I told a year ago? That was fine, I had only just started writing screenplays and wasn't totally upset.
Then, they started changing things in the movie version of the book. That started upsetting me. But said producer explained that things have to be changed for movie versions. Well, I know that, I didn't just fall off the proverbial turnip truck.
Anyway, the years passed as she tried to get funding and went through three or four different writers. To make a long story short, five years later, I receive an email stating that the story has changed so much, it's really nothing like my original book so I was pushed out of the deal.
What the fuck?
Are you serious? "Oh, things are changed in the movie versions of books all the time", she had told me five years ago. But changed and changed and changed enough to where the writer no longer has anything to do with it?
I have a feeling this had less to do with changes made and more to do with, "Well, now we don't have to pay the author". I just have to keep my eye out for anything resembling my work and if I see it, "Sue time!"

But, live and learn. I now understand why Dean Koontz is so against Hollywood. I can only hope that my new series will do as well as I hope and the producer will be kicking herself for doing what she did. If it had not been for the new series, I would have been much more devistated by what she did to me. But deep down we know we'll be on top in the end.

Okay, that's it for now. Be nice to each other.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Starting fresh

Well, here I am again. It's been a long time. It's been a really long time. I had decided to give up on the blogging, since I've had two followers for more than two years. It got a bit discouraging.
But I'm not going to let that deter me any longer. Things are going to start happening for me and I want those who decide to join me to do so, and come along for the ride.

When I last posted, I was simply wood burning. It was something I had taken up and spent most of my time on since I had not written much of anything for a while. It was something that I had just about given up on. It's a tough business and I didn't have the skin for it any longer. But being a writer, writing was never far from my heart. And it only took on good idea to get my juices flowing again. And that idea came from my husband about seven months ago.

Unfortunately, I can't tell you right now what that idea was. And because of the simple fact that it was a great idea, and I have taken it and created something wonderful, I don't want the idea stolen from me before I've had the chance to get it out there.

As for getting it out there and what it is: It is a new young-adult series, and I've already completed the first of four books. I've just gotten to the point (today, actually) where I've prepared the letters to send out to agents. After that I'll try publishers. Hopefully it won't be long before I get a positive response.

We're really hopeful with this one. So hopeful that I'm actually a bit scared to send things out. If this is the one that will get me the success I have always dreamed of, will it end up being what I wanted? Will I be overwhelmed? Who knows. But I have to try.

That's the main reason I felt I should start up with the blog again. I really feel that things will be happening and I would like to share those things with as many people as I can because I have feeling it will be exciting.

So, that's it for now. Don't worry, I'll be back.