Sunday, September 30, 2007

ONE YEAR ANNIVERSAY OF ORION'S BLOG

9:45 PM and 77 degrees.So here is ORION at anchor off Kahe point. Emblematic of what is happening now. A bit of a lull. A rest. And then looking off at the horizon to what will be happening in the future.

A year ago.
Newly agented. Polishing LOTTERY. Anxious for submission.
Wondering what will happen.
What tomorrow will bring.
So why did I start blogging? Well I was addicted to Miss Snark and I wanted more interaction with other writers. I kept a low profile and didn't "come out" until LOTTERY was sold. I then focused on giving other writers a glimpse into what the publication journey was like for me -- but yanno -- I then became involved in a cyber community that -- although it can suck mass quantities of writing time -- has been SO rewarding. Each blogger I meet on the mainland has been like reconnecting with an old friend.
And then I get to create new friendships...

I never could have predicted how this year would have turned out. Never in a million years. It is only when I read the reviews on Amazon. Read what people have to say On Barnes and Noble. Only when I read the emails from readers telling me they enjoyed my novel LOTTERY.
My novel.
My published novel.
Heady stuff.
That's why it's even more fitting what I did today.
AND HERE THEY ARE...

I spent Sunday afternoon WITH THE RAVISHING READERS OF EAST COUNTY
And it was totally good fun. We talked about what inspired the story. What was behind the story and talked about my choices as an author.
Would I have done anything differently?
No not really.
I explained my reasoning behind plotting and characterization and was analytical about what my intention was with my story.
My only complaint? AGAIN? I was not able to partake of what I was told was GREAT FOOD.
I'm going to have to work on this virtual snack thing...
As Perry would say?
That is SO unfair...

18 comments:

Church Lady said...

Happy Anniversary!!!
I became introduced to the blog world through Miss Snark as well. Ahhh, the memories.
Thanks for stopping by my blog! It was a very nice and pleasant surprise!!
(I put a link for you, if that's okay.)

Zany Mom said...

That looks so peaceful! Enjoy the ride. You deserve it!

Holly Kennedy said...

Happy Blogger Anniversary, Pat.
One year already, huh?
And to think you sucked me into doing this early last December. I guess that means my anniversary is creeping up as well.
Have a good one in Hawaii :)

ORION said...

Of course it's OK church lady! Link away!
Yes Miss Snark ended up in the acknowledgment pages of LOTTERY...a lot of nitwittery left by the wayside...

Wendy Roberts said...

Happy Anniversary!

Zany Mom said...

I miss Miss Snark. :( ::sniff::

Janet said...

Congratulations, Pat.

I miss Miss Snark too. I've been in denial, working my way through the archives from the beginning. The entries are starting to look a little familiar, so I may have caught up to when I first started reading her. That's going to make denial harder.

Lisa R said...
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Lisa R said...

Congratulations. It's certainly been a busy and rewarding year for you. Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

Suzie said...

Thanks so much for spending an hour of your Sunday with our reading group. We truly enjoyed our conversation with you and wish you could have been there to enjoy the great food! I did end up making spaghetti (in honor of Perry).

Kim Stagliano said...

Happy Anniversary! I think I just passed one year also in late September. Your blog has been a real highlight and so help for me as a writer and as a person living in the chilly NorthEast.

I miss Miss Snark terribly. Such fun and a real gathering place. The other agent blogs are fabulous, but no one can fill Miss Snark's snarky red stilettos for acerbic fun.

The Anti-Wife said...

Happy Anniversary!

Come back, Miss Snark!

ORION said...

Yup.
She is missed that's fer sure.
My blog perusal pattern will never be the same.
Good to see you Suzie! I had a blast too.

Sherry Smyth said...

Glad to have found your blog through Sustenence Scout...and look forward to reading your book. Your life looks like one of adventure...we should all allow some of that into our lives.

Kanani said...

I remember posting on your blog when you only had photographs. You were Orion, and I remember leaving you a note about my blog. I think I saw you on Miss Snark and you were always nice over there.

Ah! Doorbell! My little guest has arrived! Bye!

Demon Hunter said...

Happy one year anniversary, Pat! Yea!

Ello said...

Happy anniversary!

M. G. Tarquini said...

Who's Miss Snark?