Friday, October 7, 2011

In a Funk

    Today, I'm in a funk.  I don't know what the deal is.  
    I've been editing A LOT, which is good since I have three books coming out within the next six months!  Whew!  That's a ton of work.  
    It's amazing what editors and readers will catch.  I can see why people make sure the release dates are so far into the future.
    Here's my current list:

    Release Date November 18th, 2011

    Release Date February 2nd, 2012  

      Release Date April 21st, 2012

   I googled "funny editing" and here's the totally unrelated to my post picture that came up.  I guess editing comes in many forms.  

This does scare me a bit though. 
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    Anyway, two things have come to my attention.  One, I have the opportunity to put photos in my memoirs.  Can you give me your advice on this? 
    Do you think I should put pictures in the books, or just have a special section on my blog where people can see pictures from those times?  
   --That's what I'll do for my fantasy novel; I've already received some darling fan art from my test readers.  My nieces and nephews get extra points for that!-- 
    But back to the point, I've never even shown a picture of Zeke on the internet.  I don't know what my deal is.  I've shared everything with you, my life, my pain, my dreams . . . yet now I'm struggling to share a few pictures.     
    Some of the pictures show absolute sadness, while others are hilarious (like the time I started modeling to pay the bills).  
    I have some hysterical pictures from after my life fell apart and I tried picking up the pieces.  I was bent on doing anything to get my mind off of things.  I mechaniced.  I waitressed.  Hell, I even helped herd cattle in Colorado!  I'll never forget it though. It was during those times that God helped me make it through.

    Plus, the main point of my memoir is to help people.  If those pictures would help others relate to the story even more, that would be wonderful.  I just don't want images to detract.  Sometimes it's better to imagine books on your own rather than seeing what the real people looked like.  (Like that modeling part . . . if you read my journal, can you picture me as Michelle Pfeiffer; that's not too much to ask, right?)
    
    The other thing putting me into a funk OF EXCITEMENT, is that I'm going to Las Vegas next week with my mom, and I've always wanted to meet Elvis!
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        My Uncle, Richard P. Donathan, died in Vietnam.  And now, I have the amazing opportunity of meeting men and women who knew him during that time.  Isn't that awesome!  I think it will be really neat.  I love listening to stories and I hope they'll have a ton.
    Anyway, do you have advice for me about the memoir pictures?  I respect all of you so much and would really appreciate the feedback.

   Sincerely,
                 E