Life has its hurricane seasons (June – November) when one storm after another roils the waters and inundates the land. To my physical challenges I can now add financial and professional ones.
The project I’ve been working on all summer has run out of funding and is on hold, which means I’m unemployed for the time being. I’ve had my own freelance writing business for twelve years and this isn’t the first lull I’ve had to weather, nor will it be the last.
I have no royalties coming in from the dozen or so books I’ve written, not having joined the ranks of the talented few who earn their living by the book. Successful authors are as elite as successful actors or athletes. In fact, I’m currently on the other end of the spectrum.
My publisher has just decided to drop the Matterhorn the Brave series. The rights to the six published books will revert to me—not that I can afford to do anything with them—and the last two books will not be printed. A best case scenario would be for another publisher to pick up and market the series. A long shot, but it could happen.
To paraphrase Ted Turner, sometimes life is like a B-movie. You don’t want to leave in the middle, but you don’t want to see it again.
BTW, what do you think of my new look (see sidebar pics)? If I get invited to a Halloween party next month I can wear an orange sheet and go as a Tibetan monk or a green sweatshirt with a pillow in back and go as a turtle.