While I've been working on Meat Head for release, I've been thinking about how much it will suck if nobody buys it.
"You know what your problem is?" I said to myself. "You've been taking yourself too seriously."
"Well, there's only one cure for that," I replied. "DYIvet."
So I pulled up the files I have on this project, saw that it's a lot closer to finished than I thought... What happened is this: I submitted DYI vet to Authonomy and people liked it, especially how the book doesn't take itself seriously. But these peoples are writers and writers can't just like something. They got to evaluate it's literary merit; I needed to fix this and that, and spell better. (If you read this blog, then you know spelling don't come naturally to me. I can write a story in a few hours. Then it takes me six months to get it submission ready.) And could I really make a book out of this?
The answer to that last question was all caps HELL YES! Albeit, a short book. But then I got to thinking I ought to fix this and that, and spell better to boot. So DYIvet kept getting treated like getting this or that right mattered more than a good time. (The joke center of my brain tell me there's a tawdry joke here, but the creative center of my brain is like "What the hell! I just got done writing some funny shit. I need a beer.") Well, now I got my too serious goggles off and beer goggles one. That means I'm sending this book into the world as soon .
DYIvet will be published under the pseudonym Dr. Bob, probably at the end of April or thereabouts. And that's what I'm doing these days. What about you?
Mariel R. is an ESL teacher, horse trainer, writer, editor, sporadic blogger, and lover of beer. She lives in South Korea with two cats, three horses, a German Shepherd and 17 chickens.
Bear (Gom in Korean) then (above) now (below)
Geumbi (Goldy in English) R.I.P February, 23, 2018