Monday, June 10, 2013

Giving Birth - To a Book

Bringing a book into the world is a lot like having a child (except they don’t talk back to you, at least not very often).  And the book isn’t a tax deduction, it’s actually taxable income, but if you make the piddling amount of money that I do on books, the taxes owed wouldn’t pay the salary of a government flea.

The conception of a book idea is like the conception of a child--through-the-roof ecstatic.  Then the idea grows in your mind as the fetus grows in one’s stomach.

Comes the day you sit down at the computer and type the first chapter and, voila, a book is born.  It’s no longer a wisp of an idea lurking in the back of your mind; it’s right there in black and white.  Wobbly, of course, as it needs a lot of nurturing for it to become a full-grown book.

Over the days, weeks, months, you watch the book develop and grow.  You see it struggle to become independent; to go down a different path than the one you so carefully laid out for it.

And before you know it, the book is ready to graduate and go out into life on its own.  That is when you publish it and it’s out of your hands.  You have done all you can to make it the best it can be.  There’s no more time for tweaking here and fixing there.

I say all this to let you know that my second and latest book in the Cranky Seniors Series has now been published on Kindle.  The title is: Waterbeds and Wedding Vows, begging the question, can two cranky seniors make it past “I do?”  (Obviously we can, because Fred and I are about to celebrate our 18th anniversary.  And nobody is as cranky as the two of us!)

If you don’t have a Kindle, you may be able to go to and order it to read on your computer.  At any event, it is not in print form, only in digital format.  Here is what the cover looks like.

I am now working on the third in the series, called, Hamburgers and Headaches.  I’ll let you know when it’s published.

Quote of the Day:  Life is far too important a thing ever to talk seriously about. Oscar Wilde -  Lady Windermere's Fan, Act I.