Thursday, January 30, 2014

My First Fan Art

I wrote a book about an alien. No, it's not published yet - maybe someday. 

Anyway, the alien's name is Lexi and she has two bodies simultaneously - an alien one and a human one - that work together to form a new whole. If you're interested in some details, see my Projects page.

So, here's the fun thing:

I've received my first piece of FAN ART. 

It's from my awesomely encouraging nine-year-old daughter. She drew Lexi's alien body.

I'd love to be able to draw too, but since I'm artistically challenged, I went to Flickr for help. This is how I imagine Lexi. 

image by Philippe Thiers via Flickr
What do you think of my alien?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

10 Million Dollar Shopping List

At dinner, I told my husband about Sylvia Day's eight figure advance on her latest book deal. After the obligatory counting of zeros—and figuring out that means at least 10 million dollars—my family set about pretending the money was ours.

My kids are six and nine, and don't have a good handle on costs. So the first question was whether we could afford a pool. 
image by freeforouk via Flickr
No problem. Once that was clear, my daughter asked about a house. 

After the house was okayed, my son tossed a forklift onto the shopping list, else are you going to get one?
image by ericmerrill via Flickr
So you can see their top priorities.

Then came the best part. My daughter cried, "And with the rest, you buy books!"
image by Joe Shlabotnik via Flickr
Be still my beating heart. This precious girl understands me!

But it gets better.

My son said, "You should just buy a whole library!"
image by Martin Haesemeyer via Flickr
So, dear publishers, if you ever offer me a book contract, know that it would be a sound business move. I'd end up reinvesting much of your costs in your products anyway.

Okay, what about you? What's on your 10 million dollar shopping list?