Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Good and bad

I got the email from my editor this morning: Jack of All Trades is now available from Ancient Tomes! I thought it was an ebook download available, but it looks like you can go ahead and order the print copy.

I made a trailer for it that you can watch, although mostly I suspect people who watch it will think, "That's a terrible trailer." At least it has good music (by the awesome Danny Birt) and illustrations (by the equally awesome Richard Svensson; the illustrations are from the book).

All this is good, of course. The bad is that my cat has picked up something that's affected her neurologically. She's a lot better than yesterday, when she couldn't stop turning in circles, but apparently this is not uncommon in cats and there are umpteen things that could cause it, from a brain tumor or head trauma to an ear infection or lung cancer. I declined to take her to the UT Vet Hospital for Every Test Known to Man and instead brought her home from the vet's with four medications: an antibiotic, a steroid, an ear flush, and ear drops. She's still wobbly; I think she may actually have vertigo, poor thing.

So in between getting the email from my editor and writing up this post, I had to stop and give Angel her morning meds, and she bit my finger. Which makes it hard to type. But I'd rather she bite my finger than turn in circles incessantly.

[I have no idea what I did to the font in this post.]

18 comments:

Jeremy Kelly said...

The trailer is awesome. As soon as payday hits, I'll be picking up a copy. Sounds like an awesome story! Hope your cat feels better...

Catherine J Gardner said...

A book. A real live book. Just with your name on. By you. OMG! Maybe your cat is spinning in circles at the fact... I hope so.

The trailer is awesome, and my copy should be on the way soon. It's being dispatched from the UK. Woot!

Alan W. Davidson said...

Sorry to hear about the cat bite and bizzare behaviour. If the vertigo persists, you may need a shoulder bag to carry her about in.

I loved the trailer! The music was good, and the sketches were amazing.

Aaron Polson said...

Huzzah! (for the book)

Hope Angel is on the mend.

Loved the trailer; can't wait to get my grubby paws on the book.

K.C. Shaw said...

Jeremy--Thanks!

Cate--It is sort of an OMG moment. Thanks for ordering a copy! My First Sale. :)

Alan--I'm embarrassed to admit that I find the idea of carrying poor Angel-the-spinning-cat around in a bag with me kind of cool. I don't think she'd like it though. :)

Aaron--I'm glad you liked the trailer. I turned out to be not very competent at making it, but I did have fun.

Kevin 251 said...

Looks good! Just ordered my copy. See you soon!

Anne Spollen said...

Trailer is cool -- congrats!

Hope your cat gets better --

Danielle Ferries said...

Cool trailer. I have ordered my copy and expect it will arrive in the not too distant future.

K.C. Shaw said...

Kevin--Thanks! Can't wait to see you too!

Anne--She was doing a lot better this morning than she was yesterday, at least.

Danielle--Thanks! :)

Lertulo said...

First sale, nothing; I bet my copy gets here before the rest of these people get theirs. 8-)

Congratulations!

Jameson T. Caine said...

Woot! Congrats on release of the book.

I hope your kitty is doing better.

K.C. Shaw said...

Lertulo--Dude, you're my brother! You didn't have to order a copy, I'm going to send you one of my comp copies! But thanks for ordering one.

Jameson--She's still wobbly, but she seems to be doing a lot better. I have to jam two pills down her throat now, poor thing.

Jamie Eyberg said...

My twitter offer of another kitty to keep your cat company if you need it stands, I have always wanted to drive out to your part of the country anyway.

The trailer was good. I am ordering it later today.

K.C. Shaw said...

I actually have two cats, and sometimes I think that's two cats too many. Angel's holding steady--I can't tell if she's improving or not. She's stopped circling, at least, but she's still wobbly and out of it. Poor Angel!

You can still drive out and visit, you know. :)

BT said...

Super cool!

Why do overseas buyers need to email for instructions - do they think we can't read English?

My order shall be submitted as soon as I'm instructed to do so.

Congrats!!!

K.C. Shaw said...

Thanks! And I have no idea why you have to email for instructions. Sounds like an unnecessary step, but it must be important or they wouldn't bother.

katey said...

Congratulations on the publication, and it looks gorgeous. I'm totally convinced, and with Jeremy on the Next Pay Day thing :D

K.C. Shaw said...

Thanks! There are a lot of other people's publications I want to order on my next payday. It's a magical time. :)