It’s been six months since I last posted: six months! Admittedly, I’ve felt some guilt about that. However, moving back into an actual life, as in, I am once again a “contributing member of society,” takes up a whole lot of time and energy. In any case, I’ll start with the big exciting news: as of March 31, my third book, Deeper than the Deep Blue Sea, is complete, and available on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle!!! This crazy book (which I honestly love!) seems to have taken forever to finish, but, as with all labor (if the mothers I talk to are to believed) the end result makes it all worth while.
Now I’m hard at work changing the title and reissuing How to Be a Redhead as What Maggie Did. Back in the fall I was threatened with a lawsuit over the title. I believe the threat was just a strong-arm tactic to get me to give up the title since the company doing the threatening, howtobearedhead.com, is issuing their own book by that title this month. I was never approached in any official capacity, only through back-door methods such as horrible, threatening letters meant to be posted on several of my blog posts and my book page (thankfully, my blog has built-in safeguards so that couldn’t happen). One can’t copyright a title generally. Nonetheless, it wasn’t worth it to me financially or energetically to find out if they have a legitimate claim, so I took How to Be a Redhead off the market. Interestingly, there is a What Maggie Did: A Short Horror Story listed on Amazon. So although I’m 93% committed to using What Maggie Did, and it’s already listed inside Deeper than the Deep Blue Sea, there is a tiny part of me that’s still willing to make a different decision, but it would have to happen soon, because the work on the cover has been started, and I want to get the thing back up and running on Amazon by the end of the month.
I’ve already started two next novels. One continues in the world of Left Turn and Deeper, and the other is a stand-alone, working title Fortune Favors the Fair. That’s the one I’m doing next. I’ve been holding back till I had these other projects finished, but it’s running through my brain like wild horses these days, and I’m ready to saddle up and enjoy the ride!
In other news: my health has continued to improve. My memory is amazing now compared to what it was last July (and before). I have very little anxiety (a new and lovely experience!), and what anxiety I do have, including the occasional severe panic attack, is manageable. I do still get dangerously depressed from time to time, and I know a lot of that has to do with sheer loneliness. While I have wonderful friends here in Michigan, I don’t have the kind of connection I long for with a significant other type. And I’ve lost some weight since I moved, a bit over ten pounds, and that feels good.
Also -very exciting! – I’m now learning the Argentine Tango, which is so much fun! My teachers, Amanda and Daniel from Argentine Tango Detroit, won the 2016 USA Tango Championship in San Francisco last week. Look for me there next year, haha!
Have you done something fun today?