Thursday, February 19, 2009

Alone at Home

Or mostly. My husband is in Germany for a week so it's just me and his cat again. [eyes grouchy feline]

We're saving up airline miles so we can fly business class to Melbourne (and back!) next year for WorldCon. He got a good deal on a trip to Germany -- although not quite as excellent as he got last year -- so he's off touristing around, mainly for the miles. He brought some liqueur-chocolates back for me and my mom last time, and Mom has put in a request for more this time around 'cause they were the best chocolates she's ever had. And she's not really a sweets-person, so for Mom to get that enthused about candy says a lot. :) Me, I don't like alcohol (can't stand the taste) so my own request was for some booze-less chocolates this time. Hopefully he'll be able to find some. :D

I think he wants to ride the monorail again, too. And he was talking about trying to get to Aachen. That'd be awesome (yay, Charlemagne!) but I'm still sufficiently broad across the beam that long plane flights are incredibly uncomfortable for me. When we went to Florence, I was in serious pain for most of the flights, each way. :/ That's one of the reasons he's doing this, so we can afford the Good Seats on the bazillion-hour flight to Australia and back.

Let's see, what else? Oh, I ordered business cards today, for the first time ever. :) EPICon is in like two weeks and it finally hit me that I should have cards to give out. It'll look like this:

Business Card

It was around $25 or so for 250, including shipping, which isn't too bad. The pic is sort of generic, and a lot of m/m writers seem to use hot/naked guys, but 1) I took the picture myself so there aren't any copyright issues, 2) it's the pic I use for my columns on Romancing the Blog, and it's the default on my LJ, so it helps build a brand image sort of thing, and 3) I've written in other genres before and plan to do so again, and although there's a good chance I'll use a different pseud if I start publishing in, say, SF or Fantasy, this way my options are open and I don't have to. Or at least, I won't necessarily need to get a separate set of cards made up, if I decide to publish in other genres under the same pseud. Somehow I can't really see handing out cards with naked dudes on them to editors and agents at World Fantasy, you know? [wry smile]



laughingwolf said...

good thinking on the cards, angie, i could never understand how anyone would have naked clowns on BUSINESS cards, unless they were pimps of one sort or another

as for grumpy cat: ignore it like it wants to ignore you ;) lol

Angie said...

LW -- yeah, that's sort of what I was thinking, LOL! I mean, if someone is firmly ensconced in the m/m erotica genre and has no plans for ever going elsewhere, then Hot Naked Dude makes a certain amount of sense. Anyone you'd be giving the card to would be used to seeing that sort of thing on a daily basis. (And it's pretty clear at a glance what you write. [grin/cough]) For me, though, I wanted to maintain some flexibility, and also I'll probably give some to my other friends at SF cons and such, just as a convenient way of giving them current contact info, so I wanted to be a tiny bit more generic. :)

And that's exactly what I do, re: grumpy cat. [nodnod] I feed her and refill her water and that's about it. With my gimpy knee, I have a hard time getting down the (very cluttered) stairs to the garage landing where her catbox is, so the petsitter we use when we're both travelling comes in once a day when Jim is travelling without me to take care of that. (It's only $15/day and cheap insurance to prevent me from tripping or something and ending up lying at the bottom of those stairs with a broken whatever until Jim comes home next week. :P )

Aside from the fact that this cat has hated me since she was a tiny kitten (she's the feline equivalent of a one-person dog -- I'm not Daddy, therefore I'm an intruder), my husband has spoiled her horribly. I don't, and she doesn't pull any of her stuff on me because she knows it won't buy her anything. So we ignore each other and get along well enough. [wry smile]


Charles Gramlich said...

I think you made the right choice on the cards. This one is tasteful and gets the info across.

Steve Malley said...

I like your butterfly. I ever get that 'Round Tuitt' I've been talking about, I'd probably have cards made with my Simpsons portrait. Looks more like me than I do and conveys a certain sense of my character...

You sure have some neat ideas!

Angie said...

Charles -- thanks. :)

Steve -- thanks to you too! And I think cards with your Simpsons portrait would be cool; at least, I've never seen anyone else with anything similar.

If you decide to do it any time soon, I used this company:

If they come in looking horrible, I'll post to let everyone know :) but my husband has used this company before and been very happy with them.