10 years

April 19, 2017

I don’t remember the exact day, but right around now is the 10th anniversary of getting my first book royalty check and immediately quitting my day job at a standardized test grading mill.

I’ve been a full-time writer for 10 years.

I checked back in the archives of this blog, because I couldn’t remember when I started it. Turns out, that was in June 2007.  So the blog is almost ten years old, too.  (Funny, what you suddenly have time for after quitting your day job.)  What’s interesting to me is I never made any online announcement about the start date of writing full time when it happened — because I had no online presence outside my website. Social media wasn’t a thing.

So it seems like a good time to mark the event now.

 

I imagine some right-wing politicians and pundits, the fringe patriarchy guys, sit around and long for the days when women were quiet, demur, and knew their place in the world rather than all this agitating and feminism and rabble rousing that so many of us are doing now.

Except you know what?  That time never existed.  Women have always spoken out against sexism and the injustice done to them for no other reason than their identity as women.

 

“Yes, yes, if you please, no reference to examples in books. Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.”

Persuasion, Jane Austen, 1816

“. . .I desire you would Remember the Ladies, and be more generous and favourable to them than your ancestors. . . .If perticuliar care and attention is not paid to the Laidies we are determined to foment a Rebelion, and will not hold ourselves bound by any Laws in which we have no voice, or Representation.”

Abigail Adams, 1776

“I know I have the body of a weak, feeble woman; but I have the heart and stomach of a king. . .”

Elizabeth I, 1588

“But just the sight of this book, even though it was of no authority, made me wonder how it happened that so many different men — and learned men among them — have been and are so inclined to express both in speaking and in their treatises and writings so many wicked insults about women and their behavior. . . To the best of my knowledge, no matter how long I confronted or dissected the problem, I could not see or realize how their claims could be true when compared to the natural behavior and character of women.”

–Christine de Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies, 1405

 

Christine de Pizan wrote this book specifically to provide examples of noble, educated and famous women to counter the misogyny she found in books written by men.  I love discovering passages like these — women pointing out inequalities and the injustices done because of them.  They were paying attention.

But, if some of us sound so angry and frustrated when we talk about issues and problems involving the representation of women and equality and such, it’s because we know that this fight has been going on for a very long time.
 

Finishing book stress compounded by leaving on trip stress.  Brain full!

I’m working on getting the first chapter of Kitty Steals the Show posted.  I’ll let y’all know as soon as it happens.

Last night I met a friend at Noodles for dinner (had the pot stickers).  There was a horse trailer parked in the lot, with a perky bay pony sticking his head out the window.  He pointed his ears at me and whuffed.  I just about burst into tears, which makes me think it might be time to start riding lessons again.

happy Monday!

December 5, 2011

Happy Monday!  So, I cleaned my desk over the weekend.  I can actually sort of see the top of it now.  And there is no more satisfying feeling than throwing stuff away that is no longer relevant.  If I could just get the rest of the office clean. . .

The blogs of other authors are reminding me. . .books make great gifts!  Ron and Nina at the Broadway Book Mall usually have signed books of mine in stock and are happy to take orders.

We had about 8-10 inches of snow in two different storms this week, and it is COLD.  Why is winter always a shock when it arrives in force like this?  It’s not like we weren’t expecting it.

I finished a short story this week.  I just have to get it revised and sent to the editor, and I’m done with all deadlines for the next couple of months.  I’m giving myself a month or two before I start writing the next book.  I have some projects — odds and ends, nothing under contract, just for fun stuff — hanging over me that I’d really like to finish up before the next round.  Feels kind of weird, having some free writing time, but it also makes me very happy.  And over the holidays!

Right now, I’m off to the mall to take in some holiday cheer.  I go to the mall exactly once every holiday season, and today’s the day.  Wish me luck!

800

September 19, 2011

According to WordPress statistics, this is my 800th post.  Seems like a good milestone to celebrate, yeah?

How ’bout a story?  “The Nymph’s Child” is online at Fantasy Magazine, in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day.  I suppose I ought to be talking like a pirate…but it takes a lot of practice to do it really well, you know?  I’m just not there yet.

In other news… Kitty 11 is closing in on 50,000 words, which is a nice milestone.  It means I’m “mostly done” instead of “mostly not done,” and entering the third act/homestretch.  I stalled out on it for quite awhile, while I was traveling in August.  But that gave me the excuse I needed to go back to the beginning and fix the broken scenes, set some guns on some mantelpieces, and figure out exactly how the pieces all fit together.  I’ve done this pretty much every book, and while it feels like a haphazard way to write, it seems to work for me, so I’ll take it.

another bit of news

August 4, 2011

This is turning out to be a big year for the entire Vaughn clan. Which is to say, I’m going to be an aunt in a few months.  My brother Rob and sister-in-law Deb are expecting a sprogling, and we’re all very excited for them.

My brother’s keeping a blog about his impending fatherhood.  Here, he expresses dissatisfaction with fruit as a measurement of fetal development and comes up with a comparison chart he can relate to better:  hardware.

 

Happy New Year!

January 2, 2011

I fully intended to post yesterday, a nice start of the year post with a summary of last year and hopes for the new year.  Instead, I spent all day on the sofa watching the Twilight Zone marathon (“It’s a cookbook!”) because I’ve started the new year with a cold.

So, I was torn between wanting to have a high-energy new year’s day, cleaning the house and working and setting a good, high-functioning tone for the year.  Or spending it as a lazy holiday.  The cold decided for me.  I probably shouldn’t have gone to the New Year’s Eve party the night before, because I think it did me in for yesterday.

That’s the trouble with making a big event out the new year and its resolutions.  There’s a sense of do or die about the whole thing.  And if it doesn’t work out — what, you have to wait a whole year to start over?  Of course not.  Every day’s a new chance.

Oh, and I finally watched 2010 last week, so I could say I watched it in 2010.  Love that movie, with all its big space ships and meaty science fiction.  But you know what bothered me on this viewing, actually watching it in 2010?  All those big CRT monitors.  We could imagine sending people to Jupiter — but couldn’t imagine touch screens?