Following Up with a Sequel

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So the Aunty Ida sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) is out and live in the world. It’s an interesting thing, it’s my first sequel, and my first clear continuation of a world I’ve created.

I couch it like that because my short story collection definitely has Ida’s hand in it. Or more like Ida’s brain in it, so there were glimpses of her beyond her adventure with Margaret, but this book is a solid visit with her, as opposed to a quick, flash-fictiony peek.

(As an aside, it is warmer here than it’s been in days, and yet my place feels colder. I am currently typing this in an awkwardly clunky fashion, because my fingers are cold, while the rest of me is draped under an electric blanket. I am like a new dish at some chic, overly-cutesy gastronomy restaurant, the Warm-n-Cold).

Back to business. I wasn’t, when I first wrote Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) thinking about a sequel. But at some point, the story just needed to be told. I’m not sure that Ida wasn’t the one who forced me to write it, and I’m pretty sure she’s going to do it again.

I actually enjoyed the feeling of a sequel. You know your world by then, you know the essence of the people who inhabit it. It allows you depth into character you don’t get the first time around, because your readers are already acquainted. They’ve already made the small talk.

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which is now available!

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New Year, New Things

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So I decided to step outside my little bubble and take a writing class this year. I took one a while ago, and I felt like it would be fun, something different. It’s a basic class in writing sketch comedy.

If you’ve looked at my books, or even read my books, you may have noticed I have a tendency toward the funnier side of life. And here I am in this big city, I figured I may as well take advantage of what it has to offer.

Darning of me, no? Look out 2015!

What I think will prove the most beneficial for me is that it is focused on writing as a cooperative activity. That’s not something I commonly do, though I have done it, if you caught the 12 Days of Christmas spoof SloopJonB1960 and I did.

But we tend to guard our ideas, keep them close, keep our work, as it progresses, largely to ourselves. Or, at least I do. I see writers out there who are much more willing to open their works-in-progress to the world. For me, if I haven’t edited it 7 times, you aren’t seeing it.

So I’m hoping this class breaks me out of that need for perfection and, to be frank, ownership. The things you create with others are very different than what you can create on your own, which, incidentally, was one of the points of the first class.

We’ll see how it goes. I had to brave some icky winter conditions to get there, and it turns out I’m glad I did.

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which is now available!

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The Aunty Has Landed!

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Well, it’s here! Aunty Ida finally has a second adventure, and you can read it, right now, if you want. Go ahead, stop what you’re doing. Unless you’re driving. Although if you’re driving, why are you reading this blog? Eyes on the road!

Anyway, you can now get Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) on Amazon, if you are so inclined. You might want to read Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only) first, though. Or not if you’re a rebel.

Aunty Ida loves rebels.

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So I hope it’s another fun visit to the world of Aunty Ida, and I hope you leave it with your brain intact. Or mostly intact. You can’t have everything.

One More Day Until Aunty Ida is Back!

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So excitement is in the air. At least it’s in the air over here. I could be mistaking it for the frigid temperatures, but I don’t think so.

The Aunty Ida sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) comes out tomorrow! In case you have forgotten what it looks like:

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It’s available for pre-order until it is released on January 7, and I really can’t seem to think about everything else. I hope the people who enjoyed the weird and funny world of Aunty Ida the first time will have just as much fun — or more — this time around. Brian’s not going to have as good a time, but that’s pretty much standard for one of Ida’s guinea pigs. I mean experiments. I mean patients.

Hmm.

Anyway, tomorrow should be pretty exciting. For everyone but Brian.

Time to Get this Year in Gear

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Hi there. Here we are, the start of the year, and the real start, not the days-that-are-still-vacation-days-days. The fifth of January. Can’t pretend it’s not real work time now, can we?

Even so, the fresh slate of a new year — not yet marked up by things we meant to do and didn’t, things we should have done but didn’t, and things we never should have done but did — is irresistible. Let’s think about it. From right here, in these early days of January, it’s all possible.

Usually some time around mid-February, the weight of reality tends to start pressing down, which is a heavy responsibility for such a short month, but we’re not there yet, are we? Nope, we’re here, the future year spread in front of us like a blanket of untouched, pristine snow.

Here’s the thing though. That snow is always going to have footsteps. Always. If it’s not the people tramping through in their boots, it’s the animals, the birds lightly scratching the surface; the larger four-legged creatures poking holes down into the drift.  The landscape cannot stay pure, it cannot stay unmarked, because an unmarked landscape is an empty landscape.

So let’s not see the beauty of this year for the temporary state that, by its nature, will fade. Let’s see it for what it will be: trodden and soggy, worn in and used up. Isn’t that what time is for?

Check out  my full-length novels,  Her Cousin Much Removed,  The Great Paradox and the Innies and Outies of Time Management and Aunty Ida’s Full-Service Mental Institution (by Invitation Only), and the sequel, Aunty Ida’s Holey Amazing Sleeping Preparation (Not Doctor Recommended) which will be available on January 7, 2015.

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