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June 20th, 2004

The Joys of Typesetting [Jun. 20th, 2004|12:53 am]
[Current Mood |tiredtired]
[Current Music |Sonny and Cher, "Bang Bang (my baby shot me)]

I spent nearly four hours, working on the same book, until I had to stop and watch _Law and Order_ for three to four hours. Thank god for _L&O_ marathons, but now the book is complete, _The Rose of Heaven_ by Michael Hemmingson, and uploaded to the printers, just in time for a convention. JT really did a number on the cover design, which is very pleasing on the eye. Now I just have to get more of the same from Hemmingson, as I love his material. Perhaps another fantasy, for 2005.

I didn't much else for the rest of the day, but sleep, work, and play with the cats, over and over again. I thought briefly of seeing Harry Potter 3, but I couldn't get anyone to come and see it with me, so I might wait further. Normally I might have seen it with John, but he's on vacation starting tomorrow and he's already seen it with the children. I'll might ask Trish to see it, but we'll see, as my workload is too heavy. Publishing comes first, always.

I've started a general discussion in the WP newsgroup, to further discuss how to increase sales, with suggestions from anyone about marketing. I don't think I'll learn too much new, but a few good ideas have percolated out that I might use and of definite interest. Personally I suspect that it's just a question of making the public domain titles look better, as I don't think there's too much tweaking to be done on this, in terms of marketing. Or working further on the offset programme. We'll see.

I've gotten in a few of the early titles that I've done myself and I note a few minor errors, but they shouldn't cause people to flee in holy terror. I didn't mind doing them in the least, but it's not particularly my calling. It's not the same as handling original novels or collections, but perhaps it is. On some level it's all about putting together a product . . . I feel like some German heftromane publisher, cranking them out weekly . . . but then doing books like _The Labyrinth_ is deeply satisfying, so maybe this old man is not completely jaded, quite yet. Give it time. I think I've already done or handled one hundred titles just this year, hell, just this six months. Will I do another hundred by year's end? It's looking like it, so it might be time to hunker down. I've often thought about using IM a lot less, as it's a time-sinker. Of course creating and maintaining a livejournal diary strikes me as simply adding to the mess . . .

Worldcon is fast approaching. I wonder how this will compare to World Horror Con, Horrorfind, Marcon, World Fantasy, Readercon, Philcon, etc ad infinitum. I almost dread this, for a number of reasons. Isn't this supposed to be fun? It feels like work every time I go, with its accompanying stress and drama. I've never found them to be particularly fun. Perhaps Horrorfind will be different, as I'm not going as a dealer, so I can kick back and relax, but I'm debating stopping to go after this year. Readercon and World Fantasy are so much more satisfying.

I've yet to decide which love song I love most: Kenny Roger's "Lady" or Etta James "At Last". I know, however, which one I'd like to get married to (if that ever happens). I'm more likely to get more cats, as the years pass on. I already have, tentatively, the names of the next two picked up, to match Amber and Jade: Ivory and Ebony, but the apartment complex doesn't allow more than two. Maybe I can sneak them in ;-)

"Lady, I'm your knight in shining armor
And I love you.
You have made me what I am
And I am yours.
My love, there's so many ways
I want to say I love you.
Let me hold you in my arms forever more.

You have gone and made me such a fool,
I'm so lost in your love.
And oh, we belong together.
Won't you believe in my song?

Lady, for so many years I thought
I'd never find you.
You have come into my life
And made me whole.

Forever let me wake to see you
Each and every morning.
Let me hear you whisper softly
In my ear.

In my eyes I see no one else but you.
There's no other love like our love.
And yes, oh yes,
I'll always want you near me.
I've waited for you so long.

Lady, your love's the only love I need
And beside me is where I want you to be.
'Cause, my love, there's something
I want you to know,
You're the love of my life,
You're my lady."

It's relatively simple, but lovely. A real tear-jerker of a song. I could listen to it over and over again (as John can readily attest to!)

Vita sine libris mors est.
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Charlie Brown and Red-Haired Girls [Jun. 20th, 2004|01:25 am]
[Current Mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]

Is it just me or does anyone think it particularly cruel of his creator to have Charlie Brown lust after something that he can never have?
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