You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait, be quiet, still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet. --FRANZ KAFKA
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
SADIE J. ON AMAZON!
A while back I told you about Sadie J, the character I came to love so much that I grieved, seriously grieved, after I wrote the last story about her.
Now that story, "My Women", is available on Amazon for a price not seen since the days when Woolworth's flourished--49 Cents!
Out of that 49 cents, I think I get about a dime. So please, read it--because it takes a lot of dimes to buy a cup of coffee these days...and I have a kid in college...and because someone just told me that oversized acorns like the ones I pictured yesterday mean it's going to be a cold winter. But mostly I hope you read it because Sadie J is a woman you're going to want to know.
When I first sent the story to my agent, this was her emailed response:
" Rip my heart out and tear it to shreds... this is so powerful!"
Yes, I know--she's my agent; it's her job to love me. But it's also her job to tell me when I'm off the mark. And believe me, she's not afraid to do so.
All right, now that I've given you my pitch and maybe even earned myself a shiny dime toward the college fund, on to other breaking news:
Swirly Girl has a secret project going on over at her house, and she needs you to answer a question on a subject that's dear to all of our hearts. If you haven't entered her world before, prepare to be captivated,
delighted--and to leave a better person than you were when you arrived.
Susan Henderson, who likes to get things started with a great discussion every Monday, also has a question. This week she wants to know what you do when the art you create doesn't fit within a particular commercial label. It happens to be an issue I struggled with for years.
Meanwhile, I'm about 100 pages from the end of Half of a Yellow Sun, the book that the Third Day book Club will be blogging about on November 3rd. It's been a long time since I've read a book that I really don't want to end, but this is one of them. And by the little hints I've gotten from other Third day-ers, I think they feel the same way. So if you haven't yet begun the book, don't despair. The book may be 400 + pages, but once you start, you will FLY through them.
I've also designed a banner for the Book Club, and the generous and kind, not to mention brilliant Melly from All Kinds of Writing has been helping me to get it onto my sidebar where it should appear soon.
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So, Patry, I went to Amazon because, well, I do give a dime -- but the link wouldn't let me order. I then tried going in from the Amazon front page, and found the story again -- but the link says the story is "currently unavailable."
(And, yes, I'll try back later.)
Well that's exciting news. heading over to buy it now. maybe you'll have enought for some pie too. :D
Wow. Thanks, Curmudgeon. I'm looking into it.
And r: I think the pie's a longshot.
How wonderful! I'm going to order Sadie J. tonight, can't wait to meet her. Congrats, Patry!
Amazon wouldn't let me buy it, either. Pout.
The message I got was that an error occurred. I am to "rest assured" that they are doing everything in their power to correct the problem.
Sara & anon: Thanks for trying. I don't know what the problem is with Amazon, but my agent has been trying to contact them.
I still haven't got the book! I only went to the city once since you posted about it and I missed the book store that day. I called the library, they don't have it. I think about it nearly every day. I want some magic to take hold and have it drop in my hands!
Meanwhile, I'll be back tomorrow to read more. (I do remember the post about Sadie). I got lost in a link loop.
Fly through "Half of a Yellow Sun" is right. I've finished it. Didn't want it to end... Thanks for the impetus, Patry. I was beginning to think I'd forgotten how to read anything but really bad college and pre-college papers!
Yesterday I bought the book. I'm going to make a space in time to start reading it. Like I have anything but space in my time anyway.
colleen: I completely believe that book will appear in your hands within the next week. And from what I hear, strong belief can be a form of magic...
tarakuanyin: So happy you enjoyed it--and especially thrilled that I have someone to share it with on the third!
gerry: I love the phrase "space in my time". It's also interesting to think about the hours that don't seem to contain any space at all. Anyway, glad you got the book!
I just tried to order the story, but Amazon wouldn't let me. Said it was unavailable. Maybe it's just me and my computer that Amazon is rejecting, but I tried!
Thanks, Robin! It's not just you or your computer. Everyone who's tried has had the same experience. Hoping Amazon clears it up soon.
Love the Third Day art, Patry! And yes "flying" is the right word. I balked when I first picked up Sun (400+ pages! What a project), but I'll finish with plenty of time to spare for a write-up. Looking forward to reading others' reviews! K.
Karen: Glad you're enjoying it!
I thought you were British for some peculiar reason ... oh aren't I a silly??!!!
The acorn story - I might post it on my other blog - Short Stuff, sometime - maybe for Sunday Scribblings.
patry, i love reading here. the acorn story below was great fun!
i miss those days of wax paper and fall leaves. the leaf hunts were such an adventure. here in the pacific northwest we sacrifice much of the fall color for the luscious evergreens. it is the only thing i truly miss about the east coast. but, i remind myself that i could never have this giant sequoia in atlanta!
i hoot and holler with childlike delight when we find the maples, all decorated in red and orange and yellow. this weekend we will go on our yearly search for fall color...wish us luck. (i want to revisit new england in fall. yes, i am ready to be a leaf peeper! hubby has never been there at all, so fall will be the season to plan his first trip!)
love the idea that there is another "patry present" out there. will add a few of these little gems to my next amazon order...a fun stocking stuffer, too!
chiefbiscuit: Maybe because I have a lot of British blog friends? Anyway, I love the way we transcend our nationalities here in some way. We're citizens of the blogosphere.
sky: I would love it if you came to New England with your husband. We could have a great blogger meet-up! And thanks for your interest in my Sadie J story--
the amazon bastid still won't let us purchase your fabulous book . . . please go medieval on them posthaste :)
Yah, I just tried to download it and no luck. Hope they clear it up. Please post and let us know if you hear that it's working.
kate and leslee: Thanks so much for trying. I will definitely re-post when it's cleared up.
I have mixed feelings on Half of A Yellow Sun, though not about its quality. I'm a little more than half finished. It's beautifully crafted and written. I've gotten through the massacres that led to the Biafran revolt, and I'm not looking forward to reading about the the last days of Biafra. I have to know what happens to the two sisters, but I fear it's going to be heartbreaking.
steve: I'm close to the end and worried about Ugwu...look forward to reading your blog on the third!
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