More great news! The cover artist at Astraea Press has already designed a cover for my book. Here it is! I love it. It's simple and tasteful, and reflects the mood of the story very well. I wish I knew what kind of flowers those are, but I forgot to ask. Anyway, seeing the cover with the title and my pen name on it makes this all seem more real. The release is to be "sometime in July" - so I'll be checking their website often!
So aside from celebrating and checking astraeapress.com several times a day, I've been motivated to dig out an older project. It's a story I wrote a few years ago after I got back from a ten day visit to Greece. Like Japan, Greece is a beautiful country with a long and noble history. I was inspired to write a story about a young archaeologist and an investigator. I got most of the story done, but couldn't get it to a good novel length. Astraea Press happens to be looking for short (12K to 25K) stories, so I decided to take another look and see if I can maybe get a second title to put with my new persona!
So far I've shared this publication news with those of you who read my blog two weeks ago, and my immediate family (most of whom do not get on facebook or read my blog). I'm looking at things like business cards, websites, and business e-mail addresses. What a whirlwind! Thanks for all the words of encouragement. I'm really hoping this Charity Line makes a lot of money for Japan Relief.
But then, of course, daily life brings me back to earth. The socks and undies are not going to fold themselves and float into their respective drawers. Dishes won't get done, bills won't get paid, and the floor won't be swept unless I get up out of my chair and do all these things. Maybe someday, when my best-selling novel is made into a blockbuster movie...