Wednesday, January 24, 2007

AnneD's 13 steps to surviving your first ,and subsequent, release days

I blogged about Racy's NINJA (btw good book y'all, go get it!), and when I posted a congratulations on her blog, she emailed me back with a severe case of the "oh fuck, what have I done!'s"

She ask for my great, sage advice ( cause I'm an old pro at this of course, since I have done this...oh...once more than she has!) on how to cope with the fact the whole world knew she wrote, and she wrote erotic ninja romance - seriously, if you're a reader not a writer, there is a lot of "Ohmigawd, my grandma is going to know I know that she knows I know this stuff!" going on in your head. You really start to feel for that girl in the Exorcist.

So here was the cure I emaled (oops Freudian slip maybe?) to Racy:

Anne's cure for release day jitters:

1. Hop in car
2. Drive to the liquor store
3. Buy a large bottle of your preferred wine variety - Rieslings my flavour of the moment, and I can heartily recommend any Marlborough, NZ Savignon Blanc
4. Return home
5. Situate yourself in any of the following places
- in front of the fireplace
- in front of your open and often refreshed email and web browsers as you look for something - god knows what, but something!
- huddled under your covers as you contemplate the end of the world as you know it
6. Consume the entire bottle of wine and say some very weird and odd things to your SO, enough that he is still laughing about it next week
7. At this stage I should point out that fireplaces, glasses, wine bottles, small children and cats are extremely dangerous.
8. Wake up when its all over with a sore head that you can't shake in wonderment at how stupid you were the day before because it hurts too damn much
9. Despite your hangover, fire up the computer and hit the send/receive button.
10. When you hear the magic ding say "you've got male" (oops, another Freudian slip), close your eyes and hit the open button. Open your lashes one at a time until you can peek at the email that tell you that you're the superbest of the superbliest - fairly much, your story didn't stuck arse.
11. Dance around the room in a manner akin to a chicken being chased by a pig giving hubby more ammunition to arm him in smart retorts for months.
12. Get thyself to a nunne...umm...make that the bathroom, cause you forgot all about that hangover now, didn't you?! Then take the rest of the day off.
13. Now that you have run the gamut of all possible emotions from despair to unparallelled squee girl happiness, sit down at the computer and write so you can start the whole damn process over again next release day.


Colleen Gleason said...

Heh! I wish I'd had this list a few weeks ago....

Mine's up!

Joely Sue Burkhart said...

Making notes, just in case, you know, someday.... Happy TT! Joely

Shiloh Walker said...

i prefer to take my releases stone cold sober.

;o)Of course, even if I did decide to get thru it drunk, I don't get hangovers. the DH hates that.

Racy Li said...

You were right :) Alcohol makes everything better:)

Anonymous said...

LMAO!! Your TT cracked me up. :D

GreenEyedGirl said...

Great list!!

Raggedy said...

LMAO at your list.
If I drank an entire bottle I don't think I would even wake up the next day!
Terrific Thursday Thirteen!
My TT is posted.
Have a wonderful day!
Happy TT'ing!
(")_ (")Š

Anonymous said...

Cool list!

Congratulations :-)

Wylie Kinson said...

LOL - hilarious list!
...that's why I have a pen name that my mother will never find out about!!

Oh - but truthfully -- I gave my mother a cleaned-up version of the book I sold to Ellora's Cave -- so she could get the gist of the romance, story, etc... but be spared the fact that her perfect daughter knows all the naughty tricks!

Skittles said...

Wait, did you say shut down the computer??? *Blink* ;)

Thanks for dropping by!

Vicky said...

Great list! But what do you do if you don't drink? :) Start drinking? ;) It was LOL funny!

Sophisticated Writer said...

Thanks for dropping by. Well, I do hope to get published soon :-) You cracked me up.

Emily Veinglory said...

Well, actually Kiwi wine helps will all of life's little landmarks :)