One never knows how things are going to turn out. My car, which was nearly paid off, gets destroyed by a passing motorist as it was parked in front of my house. I endured two weeks of driving the rented Chibi Clown Car from Enterprise, I endured a financial set-back for an accident that was completely not my fault, but it resulted in being able to buy an updated version of the same make and model from Enterprise, lowering my monthly car payments and now owning a car that is superior to the one I lost. Of course, I got a letter in the mail yesterday from a bank that is denying me credit for buying a car. Every wave is followed by a trough and then another wave. That is just how life works.
I pitched a no-hitter yesterday in EA Sports Baseball ’04 on my X-box. Of course this game and game machine are more than 12 years old, so I have had time to practice, a lot! And the game is still set on rookie level. But, what the heck, I deserve a little bit of easy victory now and then.
My writing goals took a few shots in the last two months. My publisher has experienced a financial hardship and slow-down before my novel actually gets into print. My novel sales for Catch a Falling Star have tanked and I have the publicist from that publisher calling me, asking me to invest lots of money in a new publicity campaign. Like I want to invest $4,000 in a campaign that may only yield another 16 dollars in a year’s time. But I found a much cheaper way to get reviewed and promoted by Serious Reading ( http://seriousreading.com/ ). They promise the same or better results for $3,950 less. And I also learned from my publisher that they are making a come-back. So, it is even possible that I can get further novels published through PDMI.
I remain a pessimist. I will never be disappointed by unrealistic expectations. I anticipate nothing but disaster and misfortune. But as long as the house is still standing and Armaggedon is not happening as fast as the Jehovah’s Witnesses anticipate, there are still good things to be found and to have happen. And since I wasn’t expecting any good things, they are all pleasant surprises.