And first, a little bit of shameless self-promotion.
1. There is an official blurb for Delia’s Shadow now, written by my editor and posted on Goodreads. I’m told that this is being printed on the ARCs as well. Those will be going out “soonish”. The blurb says:
A dark, romantic fantasy set against the backdrop of San Francisco devastated by the Great Quake
It is the dawn of a new century in San Francisco and Delia Martin is a wealthy young woman whose life appears ideal. But a dark secret colors her life, for Delia’s most loyal companions are ghosts, as she has been gifted (or some would say cursed) with an ability to peer across to the other side.
Since the great quake rocked her city in 1906, Delia has been haunted by an avalanche of the dead clamoring for her help. Delia flees to the other side of the continent, hoping to gain some peace. After several years in New York, Delia believes she is free…until one determined specter appears and she realizes that she must return to the City by the Bay in order to put this tortured soul to rest.
It will not be easy, as the ghost is only one of the many victims of a serial killer who was never caught. A killer who after thirty years is killing again.
And who is now aware of Delia’s existence.
2. There seems to be a pre-order price war going on between Amazon and Barnes and Noble for the hardcover of Delia’s Shadow. One lowers the price, the other lowers it more.
This is a good thing for early adopters. My wildest fantasy come true would be to sell out the first printing in pre-orders. I would love that.
However, comma, I’m not going to become one of those all promotion, all the time writers either. That annoys the hell out of me. Good stuff, like cheap books, I will mention. Otherwise it’s business as usual here.
3. I might be the last writer or person on the planet to have watched Amanda Palmer’s TED talk, but I finally saw it about about midnight last night via a link on Harry Connolly’s LJ.
I had to think about this talk. Nothing she said hit me in an intellectual manner right off, it was a purely emotional reaction. The interesting thing, to me, is that other reactions I’ve seen are all over the map. Not one other writer posting about this sees or interprets what Palmer said in the same way.
Individuality for the win.
I totally get and identify with what she said about connecting with people. I write to be read, to communicate. Knowing that someone is reading something I wrote is akin to having an intimate conversation with people I’ll likely never meet. I want that connection, to feel that something I’ve written as touched another person, or at the very least, entertained them.
I always have. Words are my way of holding out a flower, of taking the risk.
But I don’t think I could stand on that box. Not yet.
Because something else struck me after thinking about what she said and reading other writer’s reactions. Many of us, but especially women, are socialized and conditioned not to ask for things. You don’t ask for help, for approval, for respect, for love–to be taken seriously.
You can hope for those things, but you don’t ask.
The flip side, the real fear, is being turned down. The implication is that you never had the right to ask in the first place, that you aren’t worthy. Overcoming that conditioning is hard.
That was my take home message from her TED talk, or part of it. I admire Amanda Palmer for being brave enough to keep getting up on the box and asking.
I had more to talk about, but if I don’t get back to writing and critting I’ll regret it. So I shall.