Krissie: NJ Tuesday

Photo on 2-25-14 at 11.05 AM I look strange. Here’s the question. I clearly need my hair trimmed. I think I need bangs. I have a long face with a high forehead (all those brain’s, y’know) and I think I need wispy bangs. Opinions?
And aiyeee!!!!! (in more ways than one) for blood sugar. When I had my last physical it was 105 (pre-diabetic) so I decided to check it down here. I made Jenny stick me and it was 110. And then 83. And then 118. (We did two sticks and three tests). It was fasting, of course. Hmmmmmmm.
Which means I need to go back to my doctor to see what’s going on, because I’m trying, I really am. And I’m doing pretty well, so why is my blood sugar nutzoid? We don’t have blood sugar issues in the family, even in the chubs ones.
Anyway, that’s for dealing with when I get home.
I got down here on Thursday and we went out for dinner at Kathy’s Diner, our favorite place. Friday we went to Walmart and Staples while I looked for a lap desk — I’d left mine at home but Jenny finally jerry-rigged one out of a dog gate so I could write. Wrote tons and we ate our meals at home. Saturday we stayed at home. Sunday we went out for breakfast (Kathy’s) and then I went out and bought a few things (a little fruit instead of crumb cake — I have resisted that wicked temptation) and a couple of other things. During all this I dealt with the trauma of finding my latest proposal was turned down, but fortunately I was already 25 pages into a new sort of book that I really really liked, and my agent had wanted 50 pages before she sent it out, so I finished up the pages and revised and revised so I could send it out Monday (yesterday). We’ve been watching episodes of Arrow and Leverage and White Collar and we saw Despicable Me 2 (which was wonderful!) and so far no crocheting! But lots of talk about writing and story and what works and doesn’t work. It’s been glorious.
Today we go to Jenny’s eye doctor, then treat ourselves with our ceremonial visit to ihop where we have healthy pancakes (ha!). When we get home I’ll pack and get ready to leave tomorrow, weather willing, and I’ll probably cry for the first half hour.
But things are good at home. I’m not sure when I’ll get down again, because the baby’s due at the end of March and I expect I’ll be glued to things for a while. But I also think getting away will be a healthy thing, and Erin’s got a fairly decent maternity leave so I won’t be needed that much, so I’ll wean myself away by the end of April and come down and enjoy spring and Jenny.
Tonight we’re going to watch Blacklist and Thor, if it arrives. Heaven! It’s a drag to be torn between two places, but then again, it’s wonderful to have a bolt hole. Now all I have to do is find where I put my iPod classic. I dropped it underneath my car, rescued it and brought it in triumphantly and then set it down and Jenny’s House ate it. My house does the same thing. So I’ll need to make it regurgitate it before i leave tomorrow — it has all my music on it (I have books on the iPhones.)
I don’t know if I mentioned it by my beloved iPod Nano died on the way down (and the classic is on borrowed time – can’t use earphones with it so I can’t listen to it when I go to sleep). Nothing I’d like more than to buy a new classic and a new Nano, but that’s not in the cards financially, so instead I ordered a tiny Sansa clip with a micro SD card. It’s an excellent alternative to my beloved iPods, and I just have to bite the bullet right now. Publishing is insane, and it only seems to get crazier. I need to come up with a plan, though that requires much discussion with La Crusie. Good thing I’m here.
May you live in interesting times. There is always something glorious about disaster if you look hard enough. It’s not like publishing is ever a secure profession, and all this chaos means that following the rules and being a good girl doesn’t do squat. It frees you to follow your bliss, because if you aren’t going to get the contracts (or sizable ones) or the publisher support then you may as well write what you really really want and hope you’ve got enough people who’ll buy it.
I bought a sappy card at the health food store in Burlington that I loved. It said “Life is not waiting for the storm to pass, it’s learning to dance in the rain.”
So today I’m dancing.

18 thoughts on “Krissie: NJ Tuesday

  1. Mama_Abbie says:

    [Lurk mode off.]

    Yes, Bangs! Wispy bangs to (when dry) reach the top of your eyebrows. It was the first thing I thought when I saw your picture, even before reading the comments.

    Glad you and Jenny are having a good productive time.

    [Lurk mode back on.]

  2. Lynda says:

    Love the card! (If only we had rain out here, I’d happily dance in it.) And, yes, I think bangs would work well for you.

    Hope you find your iPods soon. And is the rejected proposal something you’d be willing to self-publish? If you love the idea enough to write it, I know your fans would love to read it.

    Anyway, drive safely going home–maybe I should say “to your OTHER home”–and hunker down. I understand the Polar Vortex is about to strike again. Take care and stay warm.

  3. Safe travel home, Krissie. And yes, bangs would be nice. I love that message on the card. I should type that up, print it out, and stick it on the side of the computer. : )

  4. Jen Wyatt says:

    Yes to bangs.
    I’m of the opinion that if you write it, we will buy it…especially if it’s a Book of Your Heart. (I would probably buy it even if you were phoning it in, but that’s me.)
    I contend that if Gru was a little more physically attractive, he could be an Anne Stuart anti-hero. I adore those films.
    I’m glad you “gorls” are having a good visit!

  5. catheges820 says:

    Please get wispy bangs – be very clear that they should not be straight across or too short. Good luck.

    I would buy a book that you self-published – preferably for my kindle, but a hard copy would work too. The most expensive part of a printed book would be the cover art, then the paper, print and bind costs. The cost per book will be reduced if you can print a decent quantity at any given time (but, of course, selling electronic books is your least expensive way to get them to your readers.) The savings come from the amortization of the make-ready costs – if they are split among 500 or 1,000 copies the unit price per book becomes lower.

  6. Maybe you could become self-published on Kindle or other e-formats? Beats me if that can really work, but it seems like some authors are giving it a try.

    I know what you mean about the house eating things. Tomorrow I need to go out and buy the third Exacto knife in a month, because I can’t find the others and I have some things I want to make that require one. I didn’t even get the second one out of the bag from the store. I brought it home, put it down, and poof. Vexing.

  7. Eileen A-W says:

    Glad the visit with Jenny recharged your batteries. Good friends will do that!!! We have the COLD weather, so no rain here. Hard to dance when all bundled up. Not sure about the bangs, but if you do, go wispy. Safe travels back to VT Krissie.

  8. Someone told me their iPod went crazy in the car in the New Jersey cold.

    I wrote down “There is always something glorious about disaster if you look hard enough.” as an Anne Stuart quote. I like it.

    Yes, get a new hair cut and embrace your inner Glama for Alex and the new baby.

  9. Marketing is the most difficult aspect to self-publishing. We’re not shrinking violets, but there is an art to promoting, one I haven’t found yet πŸ™

    The thing I find about getting a hair cut is connecting with a good hairdresser who knows her stuff. I often get a horrified look if I ask for their best style cutter. Maybe that’s why I come out looking like a….sometimes πŸ™‚

  10. Sharon S. says:

    I think its unanimous…whispy bangs…I’d also trim/cut your hair to just below the jawline in a sort of pageboy. It will help to make your face less long. πŸ™‚ Just a suggestion, but I think it would be cute.

  11. Kieran says:

    Krissy, I like you with long hair and no bangs. I can’t imagine you too “done” or styled. But I’d love to see your hair in a knot at the back of your head, or some kind of chignon clip–something breezy and easy. The college girls just put pencils in a their hair knots and twist them.

    What do you think? Do you ever put your hair up?

  12. I’ve been missing – not enough Hours in a day now that I’m working. Glad you have been visiting Jenny. I would love to have a friend to talk story with. I bet my writing would really improve.

    I’m really loving my new job, even though there’s an awful commute (audible books make the time go by fast). They actually treat me like an adult at the museum – imagine that! The down side is I’m too crunched for time for a lot of online reading and commenting. But I’m still thinking of you all.

  13. ruthie says:

    β€œLife is not waiting for the storm to pass, it’s learning to dance in the rain.”

    Thank you for including this! It is so true, and it made me realize that that used to be me. Used to be. I got so many whacks in such a short period of time a few years ago that I haven’t ever gotten back that attitude. I’ve wallowed and recovered here and there (mostly when the weather is beautiful and my body is cooperating), but basically I’ve done very little dancing in the rain. Hasn’t even occurred to me.

    So, thank you, Krissie. I think I’ll make myself a nice sign ordering me to “dance in the rain.” Which with our current weather is all too do-able. πŸ˜‰

  14. ruthie says:


    The bangs…could you switch to a more off-center part along with some wispy bangs? I also have a longish face and thin, fine hair, and that seems to give me better results without the bangs just cutting off my face and the eyebrows.

    ebooks…have you been able to get back the rights to any of your older books? I see an awful lot of mystery authors, at least, repubbing in ebooks and fairly successfully. One of my friends has many of her rights back and is doing ebooks with them. She’s doing quite well that way, but it will probably never equal the “paycheck” of traditional publishing. /;) I have so many of your old books that I’d love to be able to read either in pdf or even Kindle, as I’m sure most of us would.

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