Birthdays, Beads, Boys and … Books?

D: What is that?

A: What?

beadD: *That!*

A: Oh, that was my badge for the Bead Show.

D: And that-that sparkly thing?

A: That’s the badge holder and lanyard. Gotta have bling on the show floor, D. Gotta represent.

D: You are ridiculous. Do you even know what you’re saying?

A: No, not really.

D: (Sigh) So. That’s where you were. I see.

A: Don’t go tapping your foot at me, Druid. I have been hard at work. And working some more. And then adding a little work to my work for giggles.

D: Uh huh.

A: (Eye roll). Okay, so I had some adjusting to do. It’s not easy to get used to new, incredibly limited, internet access rules (thank you internet hackers for being bastards and making them necessary) at work and readjusting how I approach social media during the day. Currently, it’s nonexistent–

D: Except for the weekends when you clutter your media accounts with the ridiculous—

A: And harrowing!

D: Saga of your not-so-red hair.

A: Oh, come on – the hair saga was hilarious.

Me and the boy dressed for the voodoo-zombie-mexican sugar scull birthday party from the bayou. My friends are awesome.
The Boy and me, dressed for the voodoo-zombie-mexican sugar scull birthday party from the bayou. My friends are awesome.

D: . . . And yet, does it involve writing? Or even editing?

A: I’m getting there. Follow the narrative, D – it’s not all about you.

D: (Snort)

A: Charming. Besides work, there have been birthday parties and sunshine—

D: I thought that was sunburn—

A: . . . There have been birthday parties and sunshine. I’ve been spending time with the bride to my honorette, not to mention driving The Boy hither and yon for school concerts (The Boy is the one on drums):

And plays (check out this wonderful review of Godspell – I could not have said it better myself!) and rehearsals for a fabulous student improv comedy show this summer. I’ve even (gasp) gotten involved in my community.

The Boy after Godspell's opening night. He still misses it, he tells me, and considering how spectacular it was, I don't blame him.
The Boy after Godspell’s opening night. He still misses it, he tells me, and considering how spectacular it was, I don’t blame him.

D: Oh, is that all?

A: . . . .

D: Did you know your face turns a delightful shade of puce when you’re angry?

A: (Mutter, grumble, curse).

D: Now, now, A – I don’t even think they make crowbars large enough to do that anyway.

A: You are in a ridiculously good mood.

D: Of course I am. I know the news you’re going to announce at the end of this post. This is my benevolently forbearing face.

A: . . . I think I need to lock you up at night – there is no way I use those words, in that order, or together that way.

D: No, but your friends do.

A: This is the price I pay for being social.

D: Obviously you have two choices – stay home with me rattling around in your head, and allow my language to atrophy to its archaic forms, or be social and encourage the twenty-first century education of this timeless druid.

A: Tough choices.

D: Indeed.

A: Of course, there is a third option.

D: A third option, A? You don’t mean—

A: I do, mean, D. I mean that I could just embrace you, in your archaic, enfuriating, timeless druidic self and release your books into the world, starting with Changelings: Into the Mist in November 2014.

No, this is not the final art of anything. Its just a quick thing I did and something I'm sure my cover artist is going to yell at me for.
No, this is not the final art of anything. It’s just a quick something I did, for which I’m almost certain my cover artist will yell at me.

D: Huzzah!

A: I thought that might help ameliorate my bookish inactivity of late.

D: You can be as busy as you please, Miss A, and get as sunburned as you like, so long as there are release dates and plans aplenty for your – nay, my – books.

A: Thanks . . .  I think. And thank you to all of you for your encouragement and readership as I’ve made my way through this journey. I’m very excited to have a release date and the faintest outlines of a plan – but I know I couldn’t have done it without this blog and the people I’ve met here. Cheers to you!


Published by Katie Sullivan

Descended of pirates and revolutionaries, Katie Sullivan is a lover and student of all things Irish. Born in the States, she is a dual US/Irish citizen, and studied history and politics at University College, Dublin – although, at the time, she seriously considered switching to law, if only so she could attend lectures at the castle on campus. She lives in Milwaukee with her daughter, two cats and a pesky character in her head named D (but you can call him Dubh). Her first series, The Changelings Saga, a young adult historical fantasy trilogy is available on Amazon. She can be found writing with said character at her blog, The D/A Dialogues.

25 thoughts on “Birthdays, Beads, Boys and … Books?

  1. For someone whose internet access has been restricted, you’re one busy person 😉 I love that you and the boy went to a zombie, etc. party. What a cool mom you are!


    1. I try – as someone said at dinner last week, life got really active for me starting in Feb, and he wasn’t wrong! And the Zombie party was actually thrown *for* me – I have really cool friends! 🙂


  2. Wow! So much happened in this post.

    1) I think you look spectacular as a zombie with red hair! 😉
    2) Congrats to the boy and the awesome review of Godspell. This is a major accomplishment!
    3) Loved reading all the Twitter and Instagram updates. Lots o’ fun! 😉 (Yes, another wink!)

    Lastly, CONGRATS on Changelings: Into the Mist! This is phenomenal news! I’m excited for you, Katie. You’re going to have a blast with the whole release juggernaut tour. I can’t wait!


    1. Thank you, John – I will indeed keep you in mind. As tentative as I was about doing it, making a plan (business and marketing) is kind of exciting! 🙂

      On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 7:51 AM, The D/A Dialogues wrote:



    1. Thank you, Charles! Our computer limits weren’t put in place because of specific hackers, but in response to the rise in internet crime. The company that processes our credit card payments had new rules to abide by, and thus, so do we. Because I’m in Customer Service, I’m in “scope” for all the new rules. I get the need for it, but it can be a challenge!

      On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 5:55 AM, The D/A Dialogues wrote:



      1. On the plus side, I can comment on some things via email, and when people let their whole post go in email, I can read them – just not comment right away. I think as I start to ramp up and know what I’m going to do for publicity, I’ll have to investigate HootSuite to schedule marketing posts across my social media spectrum. On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 7:20 AM, The D/A Dialogues wrote:



      2. I have some really amorphous ideas, but what I need to do is sit down and write out my ideas and then shoot you (and Jack and some other people) an email with some specific questions! I can’t let my 6-month lead-up be a major procrastination opportunity. I have a friend in printing who is a sales guy too, as well as a sister with some business writing experience, so I’m going to enlist their help on planning too!

        On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 8:47 AM, The D/A Dialogues wrote:



      3. Early – don’t want to get too lost in the holiday shuffle, but don’t want to be forgotten, either. Plus, it’s early enough to do a few library/ coffee shop/ bookstore events and not have to worry about weather too much.


  3. So exciting!! You are going to be busy busy, but in a good way! I can’t wait to read it. 😀

    Bedazzling Beads with Bodacious Books… okay I’m not so good at the alliteration thing, so I’ll stop. 🙂


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