Monday, December 28, 2009

Removing Web Footprints

Like my phone booth? It screamed, "Pick me! Pick me!" while seeking out the new and different. I suppose, like everyone, I'm looking more ahead than behind this time of year. We'll see if the booth takes me where I want to go. Not sure if I'll keep him just yet. Is it me or is there a reflection of a face on the left side?

At my request, The Wild Rose Press has returned rights to me for "The Lost Highway," part of the Love, Texas Style anthology. To those of you who had the opportunity to read my time travel romantic short over the past two years, thank you. It was the perfect way to dip my toes into the publishing pool. To those who haven't read it, I'll still be giving away the final few copies from time to time. As I'm removing the cover art from my web-carbon footprints, I can't help but wonder how many of the 665 views on YouTube might have been from outside my mother's abysmal circle of knitting friends who can navigate cyberspace or Bon Jovi fans on a drunk-click binge. Some of them might have actually stayed for the home-grown promotion. Some day this will evolve into a 10 second prime time spot where I'll promise to kill off my bestselling hero if you do not buy my latest, ala James Patterson, but for now, I'll hold fast to my delusion that it was riveting. Meanwhile, seeking a place to give "The Lost Highway" new publishing life is on my 2010 to-do list.

What's on your 2010 list?


Todd Wheeler said...

Just curious, what rights did the anthology have? Strange that you needed to request any back for the purpose of reprinting the story.

Robin said...

Hi, L.A.! I like the phone booth. There's something sort of mysterious about it.

Good luck with The Lost Highway this year! I'm sorry I didn't read it - is it still available? And I've got lots of things on my 2010 list. Most notably, I want to spew out a lot more words than I did this past year! On paper that is. :)

Happy New Year and very best wishes to you for a very successful and happy 2010!

Gail Fuller said...

Great phone booth! It's one of those wonderful take-me-away pictures.

I just made it 666 views. :) Wishing you much success with The Lost Highway in 2010!

My wish for the new year? To write faster and better than the year before.

All the best,
Gail :)

Charles Gramlich said...

Love the phone booth. Are you a superhero? yes, I'm curious about the rights thing.

L.A. Mitchell said...

@Todd-the print rights were for two years. At such time, the anthology authors could choose to keep rights with The Wild Rose Press, thus continuing to offer it for sale in their online store (indefinately, I suppose), or to revert rights back to the author. Most of us have gone on to different things and agreed the anthology had served its purpose. All royalties had gone to a non-profit benefitting writers who had fallen on hard times.

@Robin- you, too!! I hope 2010 brings you fabulous things for your writing career.

@Gail-what a sweetheart you are! I hope it didn't put you to sleep :) That sounds like a perfect goal--better and faster. I think I'll steal it :)

@Charles-See, now if it makes you think of a superhero, then it's probably not the picture for me. It makes me think of time travel. I'm definitely NOT the superhero. Happy New Year, Charles!

Katie Reus said...

I just started my 2010 writing 'to do' list today. I've got 11 things listed and I think I'm almost done :)

the walking man said...

Beyond continuing on in my quest to outlive every single person on the planet 2010 looks pretty much like 2009,2008,1999, etc.

L.A. Mitchell said...

@Katie...11? Wow. You're so prolific, I have no doubt you'll hit them all.

@WM...a lofty goal, man. I wish you the best on that ;)

Pamela Cayne said...

"Bon Jovi fans on a drunk-click binge"

How did you track down me and Marilyn? I thought those views were supposed to be anonymous!!!

And love, love, LOVE the new look. It fits and is very evocative. You should be beaming.

The 2010 list will be firmed up this weekend. Well, maybe a little bit Thursday night with the yummy sparkling wine...


Marilyn Brant said...

LOL, Pamela! I was thinking the same thing... ;-)

I, too, love your new look, L.A., and, as someone who's read and very much enjoyed "The Lost Highway," I'm looking forward to seeing it in whatever new home it finds itself...

Breaking my Christmas-cookie addiction is the first thing on my 2010 list. :)

laughingwolf said...

i see a face there, too...

and yes, keep the booth!

happy 2010 to you and yours, lam :)