It’s healthy to be flexible. For me that means letting go of ideas and sometimes, possessions.
First, I am happy, thrilled really, that four short stories that have been languishing in my computer were published this week on Kindle this week via Professor Groovy and Other Stories. Versions of two did appear in magazines, but I want the greater world to read them.
Being new to this type of publishing, I struggled with pricing. Really, what is something you write worth? Do you devalue it by selling it cheaply? But, hey, I am not a household name.
So I dropped the original price from $1.99 to 99 cents in a matter of hours. My royalty on each book will be about 35 cents. Why settle for so cheap? Well, the four-story collection is only 10,000 words. And I have an ulterior motive. This book is bait for the novel Peace, Love, and You Know What.
Then, there is my office. I am in one of those clean and purge moods. Friday night I took everything out of the office that I could — the living room looked like a bomb hit it — and then washed, waxed (furniture and the floor) and sorted as needed. I did windows. I will admit I went a bit nuts.
And I took a good, hard look at the books in that room. Several I bought in a whim in a secondhand bookstore or online. I thought I liked the authors. But did I love them anymore? Not enough to hold onto their books. They’re in a bag to donate.
There was other stuff set aside for the recycling center and drop-off boxes.
I finally finished Saturday evening.
My friend Teresa emailed me: “We call that a “ranfla moñuda” sort of spring cleaning, very inclusive… out with everything that is not useful anymore! Very good to move energy and shake things up.”
Move energy and shake things up: I like that idea very much.
ABOUT THE PHOTO ABOVE: That’s one of the robust zucchini plants in my garden.