Tuesday, April 12, 2005
Sunny and cool
I’m so glad that Mercury is direct. Maybe I can untangle a few things now.
Took a walk on the beach yesterday, and along the boardwalk at Playland. I love Playland Amusement Park – an art deco gem from the late 1920’s. The place itself has such an atmosphere and such a character. It’s alive, even in the winter. It is whimsical and beautiful and just a little odd, which is probably why I’m so fond of it.
I mulled over ideas for both the Congress Corners stories and the set of characters from the Dogs on Beach stories.
Also, two stories are forming in my head about the Riders of the Apocalypse. They’re very different in shape and style. It will be interesting.
The horse racing article isn’t any good, so I’m going to keep working on it and submit a good version after Saturday’s races.
Sent off the Glam Hearts rewrites and am waiting for approval so I can incorporate the revisions into the script and send them a clean copy.
Ran some errands, but lost most of the afternoon because I had to resend serial episodes. Resent 24 issues, then got an e-mail requesting issues I’d resent and which were confirmed last week. I’m getting a little frustrated.
I also need to do another marketing push for the serials. I’ve hit the point where I’m working too hard for too little return. I’m also hesitant to court new subscribers until my publisher’s computer problems are resolved.
I realized that I don’t want to put a lot of money into “stuff” for them – such as tote bags or mugs or whatever – because the serials are transient. Even though the western is over a year and a half old – eventually, it will stop. I do want to get some merchandise made up for the website, which will remain constant, but I need to figure out a low cost way to promote the serials that doesn’t leave me with a box of useless knickknacks in a year or so.
But it’s tempting because I know how much I love “stuff”. I think my best bet is to make up more bookmarks and find places in which to leave them. AND get the radio mailing and the library mailings out this month. The radio letter is very good, and I’ve done the research on quite a few stations. It’s just a case of getting it out, along with the newsletter and the copywriting direct mail. Maybe, if I focus on that for the next two days, I can get it all out and breathe a sigh of relief.
I have to leave early for the theatre – double call day – so I’m not able to post links today. I’ll try to do it tomorrow, in between errands and taxes and writing.
I feel as though I’m standing in front of a wall of stuff that needs to be done and I have no idea how I’ll sort it all out. Well, one bit at a time. That’s all I can do.
I regret agreeing to the double call. There’s no way I can do justice to what needs to be done in the women’s ensemble room and the principal rooms within the time allotted. But, I wanted to help my friend who had to leave to be with her sick mother. All I can do is what I can do.
And hope for the best.
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