this is so me
Bizarre things go on inside my head. I mean, I'm a writer, so that's already cause for alarm, neuro wise. And I have ADHD. Right now I'm laughing along to a Hannah Gadsby and typing this and learning about 'back matter' in ebooks and also something called Amazon Affiliates.
And reformatting 1916-ish so I can update it.
And I coulnd't find the right word file with the latest version of 1916-ish, could I? No, because I'm disorganised to the point of needing an intervention. Which meant finding a file that was almost good enough but somehow all the italics were gone and I have to go in and put set words into italics.
And then I started reading the story again.
Because . . . it's a really cool book and I really do love it.
In 1916-ish, the main character, Ingrid, also has ADHD.
I didn't know she had ADHD when I started writing her story. It was something that didn't make itself clear until several drafts in. And it was something that made so much sense to Ingrid and how she saw the world.
And . . .
Around this time, my son (who'd already been diagnosed a few years earlier with Autism) was properly diagnosed with ADHD.
"But hang on," I said to the paediatrician, "Everything that qualifies him with ADHD is the same as all the stuff I did at his age."
She looked at me and nodded, with a reassuring, "Mmm-hmm".
So here we are.
Back to reformatting and learning stuff. Reading 1916-ish again has reminded me how much I learned about myself writing that. You can't tell me authors don't put themselves into their books. Sure, they're not an autobiography, but there's always a little of ourselves in them.
I'm pretty sure I screwed this up, because ADHD. But I may have also done it the right way. Who knows? Life is an adventure.
The Lending Rights mail came today! Huzzah lovely money for me based on the number of my books on the shelves in Australian libraries. This is always a lovely bonus each year, but it's such a slow turnaround I have to remind myself it's basically a report from two years earlier. All the work I did last year (and continue to do this year) to get my newer books out there won't be reflected until next year. Or even later. It's like that old shampoo commercial where the model said, 'It won't happen overnight, but it will happen.'
And it *is* happening.
What frippery should I splurge my hard-earned on, folks? Oh, silly me, I know what I'll spend it on . . . MORE BOOKS!
Lots of things are happening and it's a little bit brilliant.
My seventh book, The Girl & The Ghost, is a RuBY finalist. What is the RuBY? It's the Romantic Book of the Year. The winners will be announced at the RWA national conference in August.
Come and share the love. Here’s the full list of Ruby finalists for 2018. When you read one, tag it with #RubyReadAlong in your posts or reviews.
Below you’ll find direct links to buy the books from your ebook retailer of choice. Simply click on the book titles to go to a store.
If you want the paperbacks, I recommend looking them up on booko.com.au.
Ruining Miss Wrotham Emily Larkin
Nineteen Letters - Jodi Perry
True Refuge - Annabelle McInnes
The Sicilian List - Robby Dennis
Plight - KM Golland
Unmapped - Anna Hackett
Tempted By The Wrong Twin - Rachel Bailey
Conveniently Wed To The Greek - Kandy Shepherd
Silk and Scholar - Cassandra Dean
Wedding Bells By The Creek - Janet Gover
The Rise of Jaz - Tamara Martin
Road Trip Baby - Fiona Marsden
The Girl And The Ghost - Ebony McKenna
Unfathomed - Anna Hackett
Combatting Fear - Sandy Vaile
Daughter of Mine - Fiona Lowe