Today being Valentine’s Day meant that I needed to do something special as an author for the readers out there. It would look pretty stupid if an author named Valentine who writes romances didn’t do squat on Valentine’s Day, right? I’ve been pondering what to do for a week. And then I got these nifty little gold stickers in the mail. I bought them for the book signing part of the Romantic Times convention. They say “Autographed Copy.” So what I’m going to do is post over at my Lex Valentine blog and devise a contest of some sort that will include people needing to comment or answer a question in comments. Then, I’ll drop names in a hat and let Rott or the babies pull out a name and the winner will get an autographed copy of one of my print books. This way, I can try out those nifty gold stickers!
I’m a bit amazed at the planning that is required to go to one of these conventions. I mean, there’s a lot of stuff I need to do before I go. I need to have my promo materials created and purchased and all put together before I arrive. I need to check on whether I can connect my netbook to my phone and get internet that way or if I’m going to have to pay for it one way or the other. I need a haircut. I need a pedicure. I need…stuff. And I have to look at the agenda and decide on some sort of schedule for myself of events and workshops. This is going to take weeks to pull off!
Because of the convention looming and books I need to write not getting written and my life just being exhausting right now, I’m not much in a Valentine’s mood. Not even interested in chocolate. I did buy myself some Creme Brulee though. I really doubt Rott and I will do anything. I can’t even remember the last time we did. He doesn’t get romantic very often. When he does I cherish the moment. I have a pink Valentine’s card from a couple of years ago that was sweet and mushy and made me cry. I can remember him bringing me flowers once from one of those freeway off ramp vendors. I didn’t care where got them. It truly was the thought that mattered to me. Lately, we’re not romantic with each other any more and in some respects it makes me sad. The flip side of the coin is that I totally understand why we aren’t. Stress. Big stress that we both have trouble letting go of so that we can have a sweet day together. And anyway, it’s a work day so it’s not like we can spend it together.
Losing Valentine’s Day isn’t so bad. At least I won’t have a stomachache from too much chocolate or too much rich food. I’ll order a pizza and we’ll watch a concert on Palladia. That sounds relaxing to me. Might not be romantic but at the end of a long work day, I’ll take relaxing and quiet over romantic.
I looked for an appropriate Marcus for Valentine’s Day and couldn’t make up my mind. He’s so hot any of his photos are appropriate!
YUM! He’s all dressed up and ready for a romantic night. No Monday, Valentine’s Day or not, is complete without Marcus!
Before I go, don’t forget to head over to the Lex Valentine blog for a chance to win an “Autographed Copy” of one of my print books. I promise to throw in some promo goodies too. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your sweetheart!
PS: Happy Birthday to Paul Diaz…wherever he may be now.