Wednesday, August 26, 2009

That Feeling Something Good is About to Happen

Do you have days when you feel something good is about to happen? A little tingly across the shoulder blades? A desire to turn around, look in all directions, make sure you're not missing something?

I started feeling that way yesterday, so I checked phone messages, perused my e-mail, and searched through the snail mail. There was news from the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers Colorado Gold Volunteer Committee about my volunteer assignments. I'll be working as moderator/room monitor for some of the workshop sessions. And a wonderful note from the Bouchercon 2009 Program Committee that I've been assigned to a panel about Geezer Lit (the graying of the genre).

Did someone giggle? I was sure I heard someone giggling. Never mind. I have a gaggle of lady geezers in The Desert Hedge Murders, so I'm on the right panel. Trust me on this.

Anyway, even with that good news, the feeling didn't go away. On into the afternoon, when I (PAY ATTENTION NOW) worked three whole hours on my current book project. That felt so good. But there had to be more.

I checked Worldcat to see if any libraries had listed my book yet. Yes! One of Colorado's library systems has posted two copies already.

I went to my rankings at the online booksellers. Barnes & Noble is looking good (thanks to members of my critique group who pooled their order and bought four copies over the weekend). Just so you know, it took my sales rank from 375, 802 to something just under 73,000. For one day.

Next I checked amazon.com. WHOA! Look at the price. ANNOUNCEMENT EVERYONE. The Desert Hedge Murders (in hardcover) was only $17.51 at 8:00 PM Mountain Time last night. If you were going to buy the book anyway, you might want to grab it before the price goes back up.

That good feeling was still there last night when I left my computer and turned to the thriller I'm reading (The Apostle by Brad Thor).

I still think something good is about to happen. Maybe today.

10 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

I love that feeling of anticipation, too!

Geezer lit...great term! Since I write elderly protagonists, I completely understand.

Glad you're getting great sales figures and response from libraries...

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder

Karen Walker said...

So happy for you, Patricia. Hope that happy feeling just goes on and on...
karen

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Sometimes that feeling of anticipation is more exciting that whatever it precedes! I'm with Elizabeth - love "Geezer Lit" as a literary term! Who knows what's around the corner? As long as it's not a banana peel you're in great shape!

Elspeth

The Old Silly said...

Oh yeah, I know THAT blessed feeling! Hey let me know what you think of The Apostle - I've heard some good things about it.

Marvin D Wilson

Patricia Stoltey said...

Yep, still feeling good this morning. My hubby is playing bridge today and this evening so I should get in some more good writing time. We'll see if anything else exciting happens.

Marvin, I'm just far enough into The Apostle to know I'm hooked. I think it's going to be tough to put down.

carolynyalin said...

Yahoo for a good day and feeling!

Galen Kindley--Author said...

Well, good feeling or not, seems like you had some pretty nice things happen already. Good for you. Maybe you should buy a lotto ticket! (No, I couldn’t accept any of the winnings…unless, of course, you insist. I never contradict a woman.)

Best Regards, Galen
Imagineering Fiction Blog

Helen Ginger said...

Keep enjoying the tingly powerful feeling. Either something big is going to happen or you'll look back and be amazed at all the small great things.

Helen
Straight From Hel

Maryann Miller said...

I love when we have that sense of something good and then discover something good.

Gary said...

I thought I was the only one who wrote stories with "geezer" characters!