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Friday, June 06, 2008

My new car


Just thought I'd pop in and share a photo of my new baby. The car that was totaled on May 9 was a 2006 Nissan Sentra. I loved that car, and it repaid my love by saving my son's life. After driving around in borrowed vehicles for a month, I finally brought home a new car!

It's a cherry-red Mazda 3, and it's so fun to drive! I never thought I'd have anything like this, but after test-driving it and seeing all of its extra features, I really felt that it would hold its resale value longer than another Nissan. Plus people told me that, because I'm not a car person at all. But what they said was backed up by stuff on the Internet — so it must be the truth, right?

I'm happy to say that SueZ has already told me she'll allow me to pick her up from the airport in this car. So she's not ashamed to be seen with me any longer.

Untamed is written and in to the publisher, but it's doubtful that readers will see the version I wrote. Due to increases in the cost of shipping and the laws of physics which state that only so many books can fit in a box, the publisher is looking at cutting possibly as much as 100 pages in order to make it smaller. Needless to say, I am both heart-broken and pissed off. I ended up feeling very satisfied with the version I sent in. I hate to see anything cut from Morgan and Amalie's story.

I'm taking some time off this week to reeee-lax, which I desperately need to do. Between computer crashes, car crashes, graduations, award ceremonies, movie premiers and book deadlines, things have been too busy and too stressful.

Then I promise we'll play "I-Team Trivia!"

17 comments:

Bo said...

It's cute,and I LOVE the color.Red is great.And HOORAY!!! for not having to borrow a car anymore.Been there done that,sucks very much,thank you.

I won't tell you what I'd like to do to the publisher for the cutting,except to say the Abenaki would be proud *BWAHAHAHA*

You could definitely use some peace and quiet for awhile,that's for sure! I hope you get to unwind for a bit and just be YOU.(((HUGS)))

Debbie_D said...

Yeah!!! New car! I love it. Definitly take some R&R for yourself. Had to myself after daughter's graduation (and all the extra stuff that goes with it) and working the N.O. Jazz Fest, I'm exhausted. You must be past the point of exhaustion, so here's some {hugs} and enjoy the relaxation.
Can't wait to read Untamed. I'm sure it will be great even if the publisher has to cut.

Aimee said...

No fair, I want a new car! I can't afford to drive the one I have LOL
Love the color, and I'm glad that you got the one you really liked. I'll say it again for the benefit of the audience... Life is too short to drive a POS! *snort*

I really really hope that the editors realize that every little word contributes to the fabulous story you wove, and they leave it alone.

Hope you are doing some great R&R and have pampered yourself a bit like I ordered :)

Debbie H said...

That is one cute car!! I am so glad you were able to get it! Freedom!!!

Enjoy your time off, you definitely need it!

Debbie

Casee said...

What a cute car!

That really sucks about Untamed. 100 pages seems really excessive. Should we send petition letters or something? *g*

JennJ said...

I'm way behind in my emails and trying to catch up Pamela sorry this took so long to post here it was a crazy week and weekend. Congrats on the car hon! That's awesome!

Booooo hiss to the publishers!

And I hope you have a great mini vacation you certainly deserve it hon! HUGS

Cheryle said...

Well all I can say to the car is Zoom, Zoom, Zoom! It is great! Congrats and of course red is a HOT Color!

Anonymous said...

Wow that's a cute car! I just love the color.

I hope publishers see the light, and realize how great Untamed is as it is, each word being necessary to Amalie and Morgan's story.....

Take some time for yourself..doctor's orders...and you more than deserve it.

stef

Liza said...

Love the new car! i've always driven Toyotas, but the Mazda looks really cool.

Sorry they are making you cut so many pages. I personally like to read longer books.

Anonymous said...

I Love it. I looked at a mazda Speed 6 but it was manual and i can't drive those very well. Nice, glad you got the one you liked.

Also, I wanted to tell you that I loved the last I-Team book, I just started getting back into reading and that was a wonderful book. I am now looking for the others in the series, even my husband read some of it on vaction. Can't wait for the next one. BAMA

KarLynP said...

Pamela - I really think your fan will pay a bit more for your books, so please beg the publishers to keep those 100 pages!! I get the cost issue, but publishers also have to realize the supply/demand issue. If you disappoint your fans, that means less sales. I for one would happily pay top dollar for the full version of Untamed!! I can't wait!!

Joan said...

Congratulations on the new car, Pamela. Red is such a powerful color :-)

Ok, not happy about Morgan being cut at all. Hope the publishers rethink THAT plan.

Hi, everyone! Sorry it's taken so long to answer your posts. I got caught up in life, as so often happens. :-)

Bo, red is supposed to bring wealth. That's what the Chinese think, anyway. And, yes, it's so nice to have my own wheels now. LOL on your plans for torture. The GOOD NEWS is that the publisher listened to me lament and then went to production and told them they HAD to find a way to cut less. So it looks like they might have to cut only 25 pages after trying all their magic production tricks. Be ready to wear your reading glasses...

Thanks for the good wishes, too, Bo.

Kisses back at you, Ronlyn, dear. I'm behind on my emails to you, I know. Sorry!

Thanks for the hugs and good, restful wishes, Debbie D. I hope you enjoy UNTAMED when it finally comes out, however many pages it turns out to be. I'm going to be involved in the cutting this time, so hopefully it will go more smoothly.

Hi, Aimee, dear. Yes, life is too short to drive a POS, isn't it? So sorry gas prices have come between you and your Ram. That's not fair! It's once nice truck, I will say. And (((thanks!))). You know why.

Thanks, Debbie H. I DID enjoy it. Very much, thanks. And congrats on learning you're going to be a Grandma to a baby boy! That's your first grandson, and I'm sure it will be lots of fun to have both a boy and the two girl grandbabies. :-)

Hi, Casee, thanks! And what a sweetheart you are to be thinking of a petition. It wouldn't work, I can guarantee you. However, if you read my note to Bo above, I did have a long heart-to-heart with my editor and she's pushing them to cut much less. With any luck, we'll avoid butchery.

Thanks, Jenn, for your good thoughts. I hope things are going well for you. I know you've been busy. The mini-vaca was wonderful. Now I want another one. :-)

Hi, Cheryle. And it does go ZOOM! Last night, I was driving home from Estes Park in the mountains west of Boulder and found myself taking curves at speeds I'd never even dared before -- and it felt like NOTHING. It was a real kick. Now I just have to watch out for speed traps...

Thanks, Stef. I'm so glad you're back online! I hope things aren't too hot in the summer in your neck of France. My mom and sister are in Italy right now and they say it's warm but not unbearable. And thanks for the good wishes!

Hi, Liza. You know I think a lot of people prefer to read longer stories. These days, books are getting smaller and the prices are getting higher -- not quite right. And thanks! I love the color, too. I can tell you I'm much less likely to lose it in a parking lot. LOL!

Hi, BAM! Long time no see! I'm so glad you like Marc and Sophie's story. There are extras about it posted on my website and on my Yahoo group. Unlawful Contact is special to me, for certain. Glad to see you back again!

Hi, Karly! You know, I suggested that very thing -- add a buck to the price and sell it that way. And that idea floated like a lead balloon. Oh, well. But I'm hopeful you all will see a version very similar to the one that I wrote. I intend to post any significant cuts on my website.

JOAN! Wow, it's great to see you here. How's your writing going? Raking in the Golden Hearts and first-place wins? I've thought about you (and your MS) more times than you know. You ought to post here about the way your manuscript starts (the one I read). I know my historical readers will be all over it.

Thanks for your posts, y'all. Sorry again to have gotten so far behind. I hope everyone is enjoying the summer so far.

(((HUGS)))

Pamela

Joan said...

LOL, Pamela...good to see you too!

I think about you too every time I go to my local Borders. They have a block with YOUR name on it designating a whole shelf for your titles! Woohoo!

Thanks for asking about my mss. THE PATRICIAN'S FORTUNE actually won the grand prize in The Suzannah this year! Only 6 finalists form ALL sub-genres were selected. Damon was pretty proud.

His story's first line "Gods, he hoped he didn't scream when they drove the nails into his flesh."

Now, I'm still not satisfied with Morgan getting ANY cutting. Tell the production folks to figure something else out. (Heck, I'll get a magnifying glass if I have to)

CONGRATULATIONS, Joan!!! And it's well-deserved, too.

So let's look at that first line again: "Gods, he hoped he didn't scream when they drove the nails into his flesh."

In Joan's story, set during the Roman Empire (it is Empire, right, and not Republic?), the hero is about... to... be... crucified.

I read that line and — BAM! — I was hooked. Of course, Rome was one of my areas of special interest in graduate school.

I can't wait to see it on bookstore shelves one day, Joan.

And LOL on the magnifying glass!!! Thanks. :-)

Joan said...

Yes, Pamela it is the Empire.
52 CE to be specific.

Seriously, they could do a bit smaller font. I paid extra for the no-line bifocals!

It's just that I've been waiting so long for Morgan....

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