Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I have arrived (or have I?)

Yesterday Angie talked about men reading romance. Today I'm going to talk about milestones.

I got an awesome email yesterday, advising me that I had been the subject of a LOL. A group of readers were having fun, talking about books, and they started thinking, "Wouldn't it be cool to come up with some LOLs about our favorite fictional characters?" So they did.

Check it out.

I just love the LOLJax they came up with. Isn't it great?

That got me thinking about various goals. Last year, my big goal was to one day find my books at an airport bookstore. I thought that would mean I'd made it.

Well, when I took a trip on December 26th, I found copies of my books in an airport bookstore in the SF section. It wasn't a large bookstore, so I was shelved with authors like William Gibson and Isaac Asimov. I was beyond excited. I signed stock, the people milling around seemed excited to see me. It was a great moment.

But did I feel like I had "made it", like I thought I would? Not really. I was tickled to be sure, but it only shifted my focus. Now my next goal is to have some fan be inspired to make a Wiki about me and my books. Mind you, I can't tell anyone to make that happen because if they do it at my request, it's not the same at all.

And once that happens, however long it takes, what will be my next goal? I suspect I won't know until I've ticked the other one off the list. I think it's human nature never to be content with what we've achieved because if we were, then we'd simply stop striving and allow ourselves to stagnate.

So what are your goals? What's the biggest feat you can see yourself achieving? Next, don't be reasonable at all in your vision of the future. What are your pipe dreams?

16 comments:

Jess Granger said...

I've got one, but it hasn't happened yet. I'm really looking forward to it though. I swore, when I got cover flats for my books, I'd take them in and get them professionally framed, then hang them above my desk. I'm really looking forward to having my framed cover hanging on the wall.

Jess

Ann Aguirre said...

Oh, what kind of frame do you want? Wood, metal, simple, ornate? I'd think that would be determined by your office decor and your cover, to some degree.

Jess Granger said...

Well, I want all the frames and mats to have a unifying look. I'll probably go with a simple reddish stained wood and a neutral mat layered over something that matches that cover. But we'll have to see. I do look up at my wall and try to envision lots of covers hanging up looking pretty.

Jess

Shirley Damsgaard said...

Hey Ann, great post!! As an author, my big dream is to be in an airport, on an airplane, in an elevator, (heck, I'd probably even be okay with a women's restroom! ;) ) and see someone either reading or carrying one of my books!! But that brings up the question...would I say anything to them??? I honestly don't know...how about you?

Jess Granger said...

I probably wouldn't say anything, but that would be a huge thrill. I'd also be honored if I inspired fan fiction. I don't plan on reading it, but knowing people were out there writing it would amuse me.

Jess

Ann Aguirre said...

Shirley, I think I'd be too shy to go up to them and introduce myself. I might be brave enough (depending on the day) to say, "That books looks interesting, how do you like it?"

That way if they go into a rant about how it's the worst thing they ever wasted money on and they'd like to donate it to BirdCages R Us, I can say, "Hm, sorry to hear that" and float away without incriminating myself as the author of said rubbish. *g*

But I agree, it would be totally cool to see someone with one of my books. Ah, dreams...

Jess, my dream was to have a special shelf mounted in a place of honor in our living room, which would then be reserved for my books. I'd have some really cute bookends on either side... and when that shelf was full, we'd mount another.

Here are some of my pipe dreams:

Make the NYT regular list (above #21)
Make the USA Today bestseller list
Sell a film or TV option
Have said film or TV show actually produced

And there are more, but I'll stop now. *g*

Angie Fox said...

Oh geez. I was just glad to have a good writing day today. Anything else is icing on the cake.

I did see a woman reading one of my books at a McDonald's Playland of all places. I went up to her and asked her how it was and she was like, "oh my god - reading books like this is the only thing that keeps me sane." I told her, "I know. Me too. Guess what? I wrote that one."

It took a bit for it to sink in, but it was really neat. She was glad to see that I was still functioning mentally with two small children (she only had one little girl) and I was glad to hear her take on that week's True Blood (so many theories, so little time). We talked some more about books we loved while the kids tried to fall off the play equipment. It was fun.

Ann Aguirre said...

Angie has lived the dream!!

micheleis said...

I want to sell a novel. It used to be "I want a book with just my name on it", but I have a novella coming out next year sometime, so now I guess I need to clarify it to I want to sell novel (and see it published, of course). I also have a list of magazines I'd like to be in.

Maybe next you could want to win an award. Or have a rabid fan-girl?

Ann Aguirre said...

I think rabid fans might scare me. But an award would be cool!

Jess Granger said...

I agree about the rabid fans. Have we all had our shots? Kidding. (sort of) A bunch of authors were talking about things people had done that went beyond fan into the crazy stalker arena. That makes me nervous. I'm all for fans. Love you guys. Crazy stalkers? Not so much.

Jess

Casey said...

OK, gotta ask . . . and betray what a techno-phobe I am . . . what's a Wikki?

Lori Devoti said...

There was a great session on "making it" at RWA National last year. I think it was by Sharon Sala. It was a hoot and so true. She talked about everything she thought would make her feel like she had made it, then how when those things happened something else would happen reminding her she was still nobody to somebody. :)
My personal opinion on making it is that it is like losing the last five pounds--it never really happens. You never feel like you made it because losing that weight or making some list doesn't change everything else in your life. You still get bad reviews, you still get dissed for what you write, you are still all by yourself at some signing.
So, you just gotta be happy with what you have...and when you can do that, that's when you've really "made it."
Man, I sound all serious this morning! Must be working on my copy edits...

Ann Aguirre said...

Casey, Wikipedia is an online, user generated and defined encyclopedia. Someone decides to make an entry about you and they add your bio, website links, books you've written, and any other tidbits they think would be interesting to somebody that Googles you.

Ann Aguirre said...

Lori, you know, I think I attended that session. She made me cry. She's a really good speaker.

Casey said...

Thanks, Ann. I know about Wikepedia, just never heard it called Wikki! And hey, I'm on there...does that mean I made it? Nah!!!!