My book cover is complete. ‘Mean-Spirited Tales’ is on there twice but I like it like that. I just have to proof the interior. Create Space mailed it to me. I hope it’s not jacked up on the inside. I had trouble formatting it on their site. The people at Create Space tried to help. A couple of the ‘specialists’ there had poor communication skills and talked over me, or cut me off before I could finish saying what my problem was.
I learned some communication skills from How to Win Friends and Influence People (I know it’s funny, right?), so I wouldn’t do that if I had that job. Today I was sarcastic to a visitor at the gallery, so I don’t always practice what I learned in that book. I was repentant, so that’s good. I have tingling in my face after having my tooth pulled two weeks ago which makes me irritable. I think I have nerve damage or worse. I don’t want to be around people as much. I’m going to the doctor today. I was unhappy about having to go to the doctor, and I’m upset because I might have to postpone a movie date with a friend because of it and I need my playtime.
I’m overwhelmed, but still taking care of my agenda. I take the steps and look back to see that another task is complete. I promised that I would put my short stories on Kindle during my hiatus from work. I’ve been here for seven years. It’s a great gig. But with the economy tanking things shifted around, so I moved to the gallery which is closed between December and March. I didn’t know if I would be called back, but didn’t look for work during this time. I wanted to use the opportunity to publish my book. I’ve been back since April. My job is not stressful so I have energy for ‘marketing’ my book. I had one story published but got tired of waiting for literary journals to publish my other work. In the old days, self-publishing was considered cheesy, so I didn’t want to do it. It is a lot of hard work to ‘do it yourself’.
Sometimes I feel like I’m doing all this for nothing. But I need to get it out of my system. I have a novel called “The Unavoidable” that I want to publish then I need to move on and write something else. I’m spending more time blogging and wrapping up book issues. At least I can say that I wrote a book. After writing these stories I thought, these stories aren’t going to read themselves — I have to publish a book.
Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell had a steamy chemistry. I read that Marvin Gaye says they didn’t have anything going on. When I see their video — doesn’t look that way to me! She was such a cutie, very flirty with him. They’re sexy to watch. She’s alive, so animated with personality. This poor girl died when she was 24 of a brain tumor. I watched a documentary about her. Marvin Gaye was devastated by her death. She experienced much in her short life. She enrolled in medical school and dated James Brown!
Since it’s all about me — if I had achieved a modicum of her success at that age, I would be dead, too — no disrespect — much love! Oh the gifts of drugs and liquor I would have happily imbibed as a brash young, conceited and self-centered writer. I suppose that’s why I did not achieve that success as the sweet sweet universe was protecting its special little Sandee — pah.
So now at the age of 151, I’m transrolling (no, this word isn’t in the dictionary or Wikipedia — I made it up) my Kindle book into a hard copy book, going back and forth, back and forth, back and forth with Amazon’s Create Space ‘specialists’ who hate my rotten guts as I’ve called them 25 times. But nevertheless I get closer. So, while we all wait for my monumental achievement, please, if you will, enjoy Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell:
CORRECTION: Tammi Terrell took premed courses — oops!
When I sell another book and I don’t know who the person is, I get excited. My first 16 sales were people I knew. A friend or family member would say, I’m going to buy your book. I’d look at my records in Kindle and, voila, another sale, to John. It was an, awre, kind of a thing.
The last few days amidst spasms of PTSD after dental surgery, I trudged through part of the process of turning my Kindle book into a hard copy book, using Amazon’s Create Space online publisher — following technical instructions — bleh. I’m formatting the pages of Mean-Spirited Tales to fit into the Create Space template. It’s tedious. For anyone considering using Create Space, there’s a nice man there. He walked me through the technical instructions. I told him that he had great communication skills and that he was very suited for the job. I hope he didn’t think that I meant that he should stay in a job like that all of his life, though I’m not a job snob. How could I be, with the job I have? But you know how some people are.
The key to life is knowing you, and being humble about what you can do — you can do it, you can do it, you can DO it Sandor! Oh yes Sandor’s my other pseudonym — Sandor’s a superhero — anyway, I must remind myself of my capable me. ‘Remember when you completed the Kindle book technical publishing process Sandor? Sandor, remember when you rode the Nitro Roller Coaster at Great Adventure and survived, although the paramedics carried you off in a catatonic state?’ These accomplishments are very nice reminders of what Sandor is capable of doing.