Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Taxes and a new work day

You know, I think the IRS gets a bad rap -- at least the people who work there. I've had to talk to them quite a few times in the past year (because I'm just that lucky) and all but one time, every person has been absolutely polite and delightful. I just wanted to throw that out there. Tax collectors from the beginning of time have gotten a nasty rep -- some of them deservedly, I'll admit. I have to say, I'd hate to have that job. You hear IRS and you get a nasty taste in your mouth. It's conditioning, I guess, and the fact we hate all the damn forms and deadlines. There's always that specter out there too, that chance we're going to get -- gulp -- audited. Most people I know have the kind of fear and reverence for the Internal Revenue Service that truthfully we should just reserve for God. It's an interesting personality study.

Anyway, thankfully, tax day is behind us. Now it's time to move on to the rest of the year. It's that day when we vow to keep better records for next year, to make sure we have enough deductions, and maybe make payments ahead if we're self employed. That usually lasts about a week for me. I usually keep good records anyway, but the rest, I don't so much think about. I'm am the tax guy's nightmare.

Enough about that.

My dream yesterday spawned an idea for a whole new series. Strangely though, it has nothing to do with most of the dream, just a split second moment of dream within dream. Continued weirdness ensues.

But the new series...definitely not weird. I'm so looking forward to it. I'm jotting scenes for the first one right now. That's about it, though, because I'm also working on a short-short story, on the next Daly Way, and on a shape-shifter book. Multi-tasking. It is my M.O.

How do I do that? Well, I break up my day like a job. Because, well, this IS my job. I have a list of tasks to do and I attack them just like I would if I had an office job. I don't recall one time in my pre-writing career that I had one item to complete on my desk. Generally, I had a to-do list as long as my arm. Same thing here. My list of books to write and where I want to send them gets longer by the month. I usually get at least one new book idea a month. At least. So I jot them down so I don't forget details, add them to my list then get back to work on the current tasks. I think right now, I have enough ideas to last me to 2015. Maybe longer...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Weird Dream

Two posts in a row!? Is it the apocalypse already?

Have you ever had one of those dreams where you wake up and think "holy smokes! that would be a great book"? I had one those last night, although I have to admit, my first though was more "wtf" than "holy smokes".

So, as soon as the house quieted this morning, I wrote down the dream -- it was just that vivid. I don't know what the heck I'll do with it, but I have it saved now. The last time I had such a clear plotted dream it became In the Dark. Unlike a lot of authors, I don't get these dream gifts very often. I can actually think of only three in my life. One is still languishing in a "what do I do with you?" folder. Now there are two there.

The thing is, I just know it would be a great book. But it has a taboo element in it, so I don't know where to put it. It's not anything like beastiality or incest or anything like that. It's not that taboo. It's just not accepted by my publishers. The story's not actually all that erotic either though it does have a menage in it.

What to do? What to do?

While I think on that, why don't you check out my mail-a-palooza tab. Join up if you haven't already!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Mail-a-Palooza

Any sane American knows not to go to the post office on tax day (or in this case, the day before tax day) but where was I today? In line. At the post office. Doing one of my FAVORITE things!! Today was Mail-a-Palooza prize day and I was sending out 7 packages.

You might ask: What is Mail-a-palooza and how does it work?

Well, let me tell you.

Mail-a-palooza is my on-going contest. You enter it by emailing me, telling me you want to enter and including your postal address. It's important that I have your address or I can't send you anything.

Once a month, I do a drawing from my list and select seven people to get prizes. Sometimes it's books; sometimes it's other fun stuff. Not everyone gets the same prize. Once I pick you, you're out of the running for Mail-a-palooza. That is...UNTIL I have a new print book come out or I get new promotional items. When that happens, you're back in the drawing. Based on my current schedule, you could win up to four times a year.

You never know when you're going to get something. I don't send notifications. You'll just get a package in the mail.

So, if you want to get into the fun, drop me an email (brynnpaulin @ yahoo . com) and I'll get you in the running.

Have a great day!

~~ Brynn