Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Time to breathe-

Finally I feel like I can relax and take a breath.  Luthor is in production!  After 17 years, the time has finally come.  It was real before, but I was so busy working with the editor and doing edits, getting the new website finished, then working with my friend and getting the cover art done, and the fan page, and the trailer, and working with iUniverse, I didn't really let it sink in. 
But now, (other than bookmarks and getting one last trailer done) it's finished.  Everything that I have to do is complete.
Well, let me rephrase that--as far as getting Luthor published, it's done.  Once it's out there, a whole new list of chores will head my way to get the word out and market it.
But for now, it's time to slow down a bit.
It's time to take a weekend and know that I've accomplished something great.  It's time wait and see my dream come to fruition. 
So, I'll spend the weekend catching up on some reading.  Do some laundry.  Watch TV or a good movie.  Definitely hit the gym.  I may start a new wood burning.
My options are opened.  I can do whatever I want this weekend.
It's time to chill.
It's time to relax.
It's time to breathe.

(Don't forget to visit my website, and keep coming back to check the latest news: www.polmcshane.com)

Saturday, February 18, 2012

When it became something more-

It's been a few days or more since I've posted a new entry.  Sorry, been busy.  Luthor is in the production stage and there has been a lot of things to take care of.  Currently I'm reviewing the first set of proofs that were sent to me.  They look cool.  I can't wait for the final product.

I've talked a lot about Luthor over the last few weeks.  I've mentioned how near and dear he is to my heart.  Luthor has that affect on people. 
It was strange; when I first set out to write Luthor, I had every intention of creating a new monster.  I love monster stories and I wanted to create one of my own.  The initial tag line for the book was:
 Dracula
The Wolfman
The Mummy
Frankenstein . . .
That was then.
Luthor-
This is now.
So, I began writing.  I came up with the initial idea of a deformed child who goes berserk.  I created the reasoning of why Luthor was deformed: brother and sister inbreeding.
But then I continued writing more.
Things first began to change as I told Joshua and Amanda's story.  Their struggles and torment began to take on a whole new level of sympathy and sorrow.  Then the part of the story came when Luthor was born and he took over the story as he took over my heart. 
Everything changed.  All that I had intended fell by the waist side as Luthor took the tale in a whole new direction.
And the tag line that his story ended up with:
Within the eyes of darkness,
there hides a child.

Now I'm seeing the final results of what that child has become and my heart is full.  Luthor became something more once, I think after the book release, he'll do it again.
 
 
 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Trying not to do anything-



It is Saturday afternoon and I sit here trying not to do anything.  I am obviously ultimately failing at that task since I am posting in my blog.

Why, you ask, am I trying not to do anything?  It’s simple: I need the rest.  I need to allow my mind and body to decompress for a few days.

Yesterday was the last of the Luthor tasks. I still had a few things to take care of, but it is done and the production process starts on Monday. 

It has been a hectic time, these last few weeks.  My chiropractor actually noticed that my back was very tense and asked, “Are you stressed out?” I explained about the book coming out and he nodded in understanding then proceeded to try his best to twist my head off.

So, I told myself that I would take weekend off.

But I’m not very good at it.  I still find myself worrying because I haven’t worked on the young-adult series in a while with all the Luthor stuff going on and I need to get to that.  I need to do a media kit for the book stores.  I need to get the book trailer done, the bookmarks done the  . . . the . . . the—

No. I will unwind.

I’m reading Tiger’s Voyage, since I’ve only read it once and the first two books I’ve read twice.  So that’s helped.  I’ve tried to watch TV, but my mind tends to wander when I sit numbly staring at the latest most shocking police chases or what people are house hunting for what house.

Tomorrow Steve’s off, so that will help occupy my time. 

So, I will finish this entry and attempt to continue my weekend of no writing work.  Whether I succeed or not is yet to be seen. 

Don’t forget, if you haven’t gone to Luthor’s fan page on Facebook and “liked” it, please do.  I can’t help but be a little put out by the minute amount of people who have, in comparison to the number of friends on my list and followers on Twitter (I'm just saying).  https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Luthor/332611310104952

Don’t forget, when the fans reach 100, two of you will receive autographed copies when the book is released.

For those of you who have already signed on, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The final step-

Things to do:
Make Luthor fan page-(check)
Get Luthor to the editor-(check)
Get Luthor cover done-(check)
Correct errors the editor found-(check)
Get Luthor to Production-

It's the final step.  Tomorrow I send Luthor to the publisher for production. 
I can't begin to tell you how much this moment means to me.  As I've mentioned in previous entries, I wrote Luthor so long ago, and he's meant so much to me over the years, it's surreal to know that in another month or so I will finally see it in print. 
And what's more, is that the world will meet Luthor.  They will get to know him and love him just the way the other four people in the world have.  Yes, only four people (other than myself) have ever read this story.  But they've each never forgotten that they have. 
I will tell you more about how I came about to create Luthor in the next few days, over the next few weeks. 
I'll tell you how the book came to be something entirely different, yet no less powerful. 
The story is dark, probably one of the darkest books I've ever written.  But through that darkness, everyone seems to find love for Luthor.  That's the greatest compliment they could ever give me.

I've been stressed out this past week, but it's been kind of fun.  I finished edits and worked with the designer who did the cover on some last minute tweaks, and also made sure everything else was perfect. 
This is it.
The final step. 

Luthor-
Iv'e said it before, and I'll say it again: I can't wait for you to meet him!

(Don't forget t visit his Facebook fan page https://www.facebook.com/luthor#!/pages/Luthor/332611310104952)

www.polmcshane.com

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Patience-

I've never been an exceptionally patient person.  And there have been times in my life when that has proven to be a downfall.  At this particular time in my life, my lack of patience is not helping the situation.
For one, I'm extremely excited about Luthor being published and for the world to finally meet him.  I've created a Facebook page to add all sorts of teasers and information on.  I have over 400 "friends" on FB and more than 500 followers on Twitter.  But alas, there are only 41 people out of 900+ who have joined the page.
I know I shouldn't be taking it personally, but a part of me is.  I need to slow my roll and remind myself that it's a big world and people have other things going on.  I need to just be patient.
Also, I've been working on a new website.  I've spent hour upon hour building it and fighting with it, only to have problems when I try to publish it.  Now I have to wait for tech support to get back to me on Monday.  Again, patience. 
Yesterday I went to get new glasses.  Unfortunately, after failing to get an eye exam in  almost five years, I learned that that horrid word "bifocals" has found its way into my life.  But that's okay, I'll deal with it.  Although the doctor said it would take about two weeks to get used to them.  During that time I would have to deal with dizziness and trying to focus on particular objects. 
Okay, that's fine, I'll deal. 
So we went and found a pretty cool pair of glasses and I was actually looking forward to having my eyesight back.  But after a half hour of signing papers and getting fitted and whatnot I was told that the type of lenses I would need are not carried in the store and it would be two weeks before they arrived.  Great, I would have to wait two weeks before I could even start my two weeks of eye training.
Patience-patience-patience!
Ugh, it's an annoying word anyway.