10 March 2010
My mind is beyond lost....with contest!
Man, has it been a whirlwind couple of weeks. Jazz Baby came out last Tuesday (OMG, I've been a published author for more than a week? Really? You promise?) and I've had a couple lovely reviews, and an interview at Dear Author. Monday night I got to spend a fun couple hours chatting with The Blackraven in preparation for today's interview. Plus I've been hard at work on my next book. (Gawd, so hard at work. The book is chugging along, but more like a loaded down freight train working its way uphill than like the bullet train I wish for.) Also, my husband was away on business last week, so I had a bit of single-parent-itis going on.

But really? Where has my time gone? It's been sucked up by the searching. Google owns my soul. It's a sickness, really.

And any author who says they *don't* spend their first week of their debut book searching all possible combinations of their name and title (because I seem to have a delusion that thinks I will get different results depending on which order I google them in) is lying. Or a sorceress with skills that I would kill to know. There's something a little voyeuristic about reading comment trails about your work, but I can. Not. Stop.

Would you like a chance to win a free copy of Jazz Baby, in the digital format of your preference? In the comments, tell me something that'll make me feel less like a freak. What do *you* obsess over? You've got til Friday.


13 Comments:

Obsess? ...restaurant cleanliness. I have to wash my hands after handing the menu, will not let my silverware touch the table... and try not to think about the kitchen conditions. Good think I like to cook at home!

Congratulations on your first release! Do you use Google Alerts, they do the searching for you ;)

Miranda ~ Sweet Vernal Zephyr
Latest Review = Revelations, Heaven Sent 6

Blogger Foretta said...

I obsess over my grades...I am in college. Now I know you are thinking everyone wants good grades but I go past that. I once got a 97 on a paper I had to write and when I asked what I was deducted for the professor could not give me a good enough answer. I argued that if he could not justify my missing 3 points I wanted them back....and I got them. I am so crazy, I already had an A in the class but I really wanted those 3 points. LOL My friends all groan when I get my papers back.

Congrats on the book. Enjoy and be as crazy as you want...your earned it i am sure. Double good luck single parenting ... even for a few days. I am a nanny for 2.5 year old twins and go crazy sometimes... so thankful parents come home at the end of the day. LOL

Blogger SiNn said...

lol i obsess over alot of things how certain things r positioned if i can find me or my fiances name in google i search different books in multiple waysjustto see what all comes up so no not weird i find it normal lol

Blogger joder said...

I'm obsessed about cleanliness and organization. When I vaccuum, every chair and couch has to go back in the exact spot it got moved from. I line up the legs over the indentations in the carpet precisely. When putting laundry away, all the clothes are hung up according to color, then pattern. We also have the summer side and the winter side of the closet. See, we all have a little weirdness to us.

Congrats on the new release! I would love to read it and am fascinated by the era you based it in.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Blogger booklover0226 said...

At the moment, I'm obsessed about my job. I started it in September and have my 6 month review next week.

I think I'm doing well, but I'm just not getting the "warm fuzzies" from my boss.

Oh, well, I guess I'll find out next Monday!

Thanks,
Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Anonymous zina said...

I tend to obsess over getting my kids to clean things the way I want them cleaned. They drive me insane as I walk into the bathroom after being told they cleaned it to find the only thing it looks like they did was clean the mirror. I think I'm going to make up 5x7 cards with detailed instructions in the order things should be done, before I pull all my hair out.
Zina
seawitch6464@yahoo.com

Blogger Maria said...

Congrats on your new release.

I'm obsessed with my blog, I keep working on it but I'm not very technically minded so I have to hire people to do things I want and so I'm forever checking my email accounts to see if they have gotten back to me...

Blogger sherry said...

I'm a clean hand freak I wash my hands over and over I can't stand to touch anything at work in the bathroom with my hands. I usually use the paper towel that I dry my hands on to open the door. I've seen to many women leave the bathroom without washing their hands that it just about makes me sick.

sstrode@scrtc.com

Blogger flchen1 said...

Obsess over? All kinds of things, sadly! Reading a series in order (which means tracking down backlists). Doing the dishes a certain way (I almost don't want help in the kitchen! I know--crazy!)... I'd love the kids to obsess a little more over their own schedules, etc. but that's probably asking a bit much!

Congrats on your latest release--that seems a worthy obsession!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Blogger Ina said...

Congrats on your release!!! enjoy this feeling :)

I'm a little bit obsessed with ordering my books - they have to be in a special order or I can't go by without the need to re-order them...
greetings, Ina

inale87 at gmx dot at

Blogger Armenia said...

Obsession..cleanliness and memory. Always making lists so I don't forget things, list things for the next day so my day isn't so chaotic. And I make sure everyone in the family is washing hands or using antibiotic gel. Ugh.

Congratulations on your debut! Great cover, too.

armiefox at yahoo dot com

Blogger Verona St. James said...

Obsession? Hm. I guess right now my back brain is perpetually nagging at me to start those three research papers, two essays and one short story who's due dates are coming up...

Blogger Pearl said...

I'm obsessed with order and lists...I can't function without my lists especially and when things don't go according to the lists or my plans (which happens more often than not) I get really frustrated and irritated.

Looking forward to reading your debut!

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