In the first chapter of Aret, Diana Scarlett turns 21. It’s a day of great significance, not only because she discovers she’s a dragon, but also because she receives a very credible death threat. So while it’s not the most festive of birthdays, it is certainly a milestone.
During the book’s most recent revision, I planned to self-publish in 2016, so I was able to determine the exact date of Diana’s birthday based on surrounding events (e.g., the first day of spring; Mother’s Day; the new moon). And that date is: April 28, 2016 (aka this Thursday).
In lieu of giving actual flowers, I give people pictures of flowers on their birthdays. If I were able to do that for Diana, I’d send her this one, because it looks like a shrunken-headed gorilla wearing a frilly dress, and I think that would put a smile on her face.
But really I’d choose this one, because it’s red and black (her favorite color combo)
On Thursday, please raise a glass to Diana and wish her luck with those pesky dragon and murder issues. She could use it. And if you’re not sure what to put in that glass, might I suggest tequila? That’s what Diana drinks on her birthday, and everything turns out fine! (Aside from the be-all & end-all of identity crises, that is. And a brand new concern re: impending death.)
Speaking of birthdays, I have news. I’ve finally chosen Aret’s publication date: my own birthday – August 8, 2016. After all, I have to make turning 41 seem special somehow. Forty is a big deal, what with the new decade and all, and 42 is the answer to the ultimate question about life, the universe, and everything, but 41 is just sort-of…41ish. It reminds me of Wayne’s World. “Hi. I’m in Delaware. And I’m 41.”
So there ya go, folks – on August 8th, you will have the opportunity to dive into an unknown world, learn a new language, and meet some fascinating creatures. Are you excited? I know I am. I’m even more excited than I was on my last birthday, and on that day, someone gave me a MAGIC WAND.
I mean really, people. You know something’s got to be pretty damn fabulous to provide even greater excitement than a magic freakin’ wand. I used that wand to summon whales while I sat on a summit in Big Sur, and it worked. I am not making this up. The wand is powerful, folks.
But the book is even better. 🙂