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Sick day

I saw Avatar on Sunday, and many people have heard me talking about how its crazy jungle-swinging, dragon-flying 3D IMAX action gave me motion sickness in the theatre. Well, after enduring the same type of nausea and headache for the last two days, I'm thinking that Avatar might not be to blame. It seems I may have actually caught a flu or stomach bug of sorts and simply went into the movie already sick. As someone who rarely catches anything (read previous arrogant posts about my refusal to get flu shots), this is quite a surprise for me.

It's also a damned inconvenience because when I'm run down like this, my work doesn't get done. And sadly, my job doesn't have sick days built into it when it comes to deadlines. I'm also hoping I'll be feeling better when I head off on the tour this week because airplanes + sick are not a good mix. Speaking of work and deadlines and all that, I wanted to take a minute and explain a bit of what I'm working on right now.

Someone was surprised to hear that I was working on VA6 since Spirit Bound isn't out yet. Yup. In publishing, authors are always working waaaaay ahead in a series. In very basic terms, it takes me about 3 months to write a first draft, 3-4 more months to work with my editors to fix and revise it to a final draft, and then another 3 months for my publisher to actually print the book, communicate with bookstores, and get it shipped to them so you can read it. And that's a fast schedule! It sometimes takes longer, if one of those stages gets held up. So, for SB to have its May release, we need to be proofing the final version right Which we are. Once that's done, it'll be shipped off to production, and then I move on to writing something else: in this case, VA6. It seems weird since 5 isn't out, but really, this is pretty normal for authors. This is also why there's so much time between book releases.

I noticed other people asking about why we're not hearing much about Eugenie's series. I've talked a lot about Georgina and VA lately because they have new releases this spring. Since Eugenie's next installment doesn't come out until early 2011, I'm not yet in that writing cycle. She's next on the schedule when I finish VA6, so you'll be hearing me talk more about Iron Crowned in a few more months. I mentioned this earlier, but she got pushed off to ease the stress in my schedule. I feel sad about that for those who are excited to read her next installment, but let's be realistic: me overworking and having a nervous breakdown would definitely slow down the schedule. But, the good news is that the Eugenie book after IC is going to come out fairly quickly, so hopefully that'll help soften the wait.

Okay, my mind is getting tired, so it's back to the couch for me to eagerly wait for American Idol. Oh, Paula. I'll miss you.


( 44 comments — Tell me about it, baby! )
Jan. 13th, 2010 04:23 am (UTC)
Good luck with all of the revisions and such that you have left to do for your books. That's good to know that writers have to work ahead on a book even though the other one isn't even out yet. :) Happy writing.
Jan. 13th, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)
Having just read and loved the first two books about Eugenie, I'm sad to have to wait until 2011 for the third one. That is a l-o-n-g wait! But at least one is in the pipeline and I'll take whatever tidbits you throw our way in the upcoming months.
Jan. 13th, 2010 05:17 am (UTC)
I hope you feel better soon!! Being sick sucks. <- recently sick
I'm definitely in the group that's excited for more Eugenie!! I love that series. When I first heard that IC wasn't coming out until 2011 I was crushed!! But if delaying IC gives you time to get other things done and to get out and meet your fans, I can't be too upset. And having the release for the last two Eugenie books closer together will be very nice. :)
Jan. 13th, 2010 05:54 am (UTC)
Flu season sucks. Been battling flu symptoms for the past few days myself, with the help of Vitamin C and Immunitril. So far so good with only a mild runny nose to show for it.

+1 for Eugenie fans. Can't wait to find out what happens in Iron Crowned, especially after that delicious bonus at the end of Thorn Queen. *waves Dorian♥Eugenie flag fanatically* :P

Paula... and Simon. Hey, maybe they'll reunite for X-Factor if Simon convinces her. Who knows. I can't wait to see how Ellen does, though. LOVE Ellen.
Jan. 13th, 2010 06:20 am (UTC)
That's the same with me as well in Avatar! At the beginning I felt a headache coming on (I watched the 3D one though) so I took off my glasses for a while and felt better. I loved the movie though!
Jan. 13th, 2010 06:49 am (UTC)
That cute tenor with the goatee got my vote. Ha!

Do feel better ASAP. Keep hydrated! :P
Jan. 13th, 2010 06:50 am (UTC)
just a question
i really hope you get better i was sick for over a month and i hated every min. of it.Im all excited about spirit bound i cant wait i completely understand the process, which must be hard for you to just wait on the editors to revise your story? I have a question i tried looking for the answer on the web but no answers... who are the charcters of the books, is at always dimitri and rose or are they different people? i don't know and its driving me crazy..could you please answer me?
Jan. 13th, 2010 07:08 am (UTC)
Re: just a question
The VA series is Rose and Dimitri but Richelle's other series are Succubus series and Storm Born series and they have different characters, not Rose or Dimitri. They're both adult series and VA is a YA series.
Hope that helps.
Jan. 13th, 2010 07:10 am (UTC)
thats no good :(
i hope u feel better soon Richelle!
i hope it isnt too serious :)
good luck on continuing to write VA #6 :)

bel xoxo
Jan. 13th, 2010 07:25 am (UTC)
Hope you feel better
I hate to admit it but the first thing I thought of when you mentioned a headache and nausea was that you could be pregnant. Hopefully I don't jink you or anything, at least not right now since you are so busy. For right now, let's just say that you have a bug that will remedy itself in a couple of days. I hope you get better soon.
Jan. 13th, 2010 09:12 am (UTC)
I really like hearing about how authors work, how you work with publishers and how you actually make yourself sit down and work. Im having trouble making myself sit and write because I seem to be being distracted by everything from True Blood to nail varnish.
Jan. 13th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
Hope you get over this bug soon.

2011 is ages away :(

I really want to know if you are ever influenced by fans routing for one pairing over another. Like, I never see anyone claim to be Team Kiyo, but if he and Euginie were your favoured pairing, would yu let the fan preferances change the direction you were going to take things? I think it must be really difficult for modern authors to stay the course with so much fan input.
Jan. 14th, 2010 12:47 am (UTC)
lol, loved your pic.
Jan. 13th, 2010 01:44 pm (UTC)
Hi Richelle!

Hope you´ll feel better soon!

I love it when you talk about your books and what are you writing, etc etc...

So I understand that you´ll b writing VA6, Eugenie3 and eugenie4. What about Succubus6? Do you have any idea when will come out? (No pressure!!! Just wondering!)

And thanks for being so different from Seth and quick to write your books!


Brazilian Débora
Jan. 13th, 2010 03:15 pm (UTC)
1. I loved that you said "damned" it shows passion:)
2. Super not cool on the weird motion bug, get stable soon.
3. I love each series (own and read em all) but Thorn Queen rocked my world so I can't wait for 2011~! But will be happy with SS and SB!:)
Jan. 13th, 2010 05:36 pm (UTC)
I hope you feel better. The stomach bug, just thinking about it, gives me the heebie-jeebies and I would never wish it upon anyone.

....Well, I might.

You also have the quick schedule for publishing. I'm sure when you got the deal on your very first book, you had to wait the standard 18 months that all new authors do, right?

By the way, I know I said it already, but get well soon. OR ELSE.
Jan. 13th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
Get slowly.... Rest !
Hi Richelle,

Sad to see that you're sick. This year the weather is going crazy. So we're all hoping that you'll get soon better and take the time you need to restore !
As Georgina said to Seth : sometimes we have to wait for your new books and when you are fan this is quite hard ! But, the most important thing is that you're taking your time to write on and, as Seth, I suppose that you're doing your art slowly and with a lot of application.For theses reasons, your books are event better !

Best regards, from Belgium !
Jan. 13th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
Are you sure your not Pregnant? Alot of my firends have gotten the same symptoms you have and found out they are Preg - Not sick!!! :)
Jan. 14th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
Agreed. I haven't even been pregnant myself and I thought of that as soon as the nasuea was mentioned. ;) And stomch flu can easily be mistakened, if that's what a doctor tells you.
Jan. 13th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC)
I was just curious if there would be a SB excerpt put on you page...because I was in the bookstore yesterday and saw that new Copies of the first VA book had one and that just made me angry lol.
Jan. 13th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
Yes, that would be bad
A nervous break down would be bad yes.
Jan. 13th, 2010 11:32 pm (UTC)
Spirit bound
I can't wait for your next books to come out! I read the first ones in 4 days! and it's going to be really hard to wait until May to read the next one! Your a great writer, and I love the way I get pulled into the pages and feel like I'm part of the story!
Jan. 13th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
Mph, I had to drink cold milk yesterday and now my throat feels weird. We're one in the same, Richelle =( Both sick =(

The book process is's hard to believe that it's so freaking professional. Do you get to chose which cover to use then? What font? What size?
Jan. 13th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
I forgot to sign it. It's by me...

Ash xx
Jan. 13th, 2010 11:57 pm (UTC)
I know this is an over used saying but, "Get well soon!"
Hey Richelle! Sorry to hear that you're feeling ill. Even though I would love for you to work on Spirit Bound and Succubus Shadows as much as you can so that they can come out on the current release date, your health is more important because (hello!) if you are too sick to write the books then we get nothing but anxiety. If you take time to get healthy again then, even though it could possibly get the books release date pushed over, we will eventually get to read them.

Get better soon!

~Dimka and Roza 4eva~
Jan. 14th, 2010 07:34 am (UTC)
i hope u feel better soon
hey richelle,
its terrible that u r sick i hope u feel better soon :)
i never realised the process of writing a book and publishing it was so long! i wouldnt have the patiense for it!

bella xoxo

P.S i hope u feel better soon Ash! :)
Jan. 14th, 2010 11:31 pm (UTC)
Re: i hope u feel better soon
Get well soon Ash! I know what it's like to be sick (I'm just getting over a bad cold) and it stinks. It was hard enough for me to stay home from school because I thought I would miss too much. It's probably harder for Richelle to want to chillax and get better because it must be overwhelming for her to read these posts saying get better but fast because we want our books on time! POOR RICHELLE!

Anyway, we should all just have a bowl of soup, sit on your most comfy couch/chair (which ever one you may prefer), spread a blanket over yourself, and relax whatever way you can be it blog, comment on blogs, read, watch t.v., play on the computer, read (did I mention that already?), or listen to music. That's what I think everyone needs: a little R&R.

~Dimka and Roza 4eva~
Jan. 14th, 2010 11:54 pm (UTC)
Re: i hope u feel better soon
Well I'm not gonna get any R&R now, am I? I've got a week more of exams and the last three days are torture - Chem and Eco long papers, one after another! Bio and Eco, one after another! And today is the Math paper! I don't want to be sick while I have exams going on, it will be the death of me, I swear.

Other than that, I really am mollified by your concern :')

As for Richelle, both of us can only hope to make it through =) I don't know what to say to you IF this was pregnancy [although I doubt it], because I'm not sure on whether you want a child or not. Your symptoms suggest just good old cold, if you ask me, because that's me right now. Anywho, get better soon and as D&R said, for those who have not any exams, do some R&R!

Ash xx

Jan. 15th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
Re: i hope u feel better soon
Thank God I was sick last week because this week I have exams. Not as important as yours are Ash. They're just my midterms. I totally forgot you were having tests this week Ash when I posted that last comment. Sorry, I feel really bad for you! Even though you are sick I'm confident you will ROCK those exams.

Yeah, Richelle, I totally agree with Ash about the pregnancy thing. That was just people overreacting over what I am 99.9% sure is just a cold/stomache flu.

~Dimka and Roza 4eva~

P.S. Bet you wish you got your flu shot this year, huh?
Jan. 14th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
OMG! thax for telling me! i get it now - authers work alot and it takes a long time to do things and junk to books. Alot of people like your books at my school but some people don't (but alot i mean about 4people and by some i mean 1person) lol well thank you!
~from~ Fanpire
Jan. 14th, 2010 12:44 am (UTC)
You deserve all the rest you can get, Richelle. We totally understand you. :)
Jan. 14th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
Eugenie's series
I'm really hoping that there's hope for her and Kio...they were awesome together!
Jan. 14th, 2010 01:54 am (UTC)
I bet the real reason for the nausea is the KGB's next door are Strigoi :O jk jk...My brother had a headache after seeing The Dark Kight in Imax
Jan. 14th, 2010 02:33 am (UTC)

Also, good luck on revisions and all that...and I also miss Paula. She brought the crazy...and it was awesome.
Jan. 14th, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
Feel Better!
I hope you feel better Richelle!
Jan. 14th, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
I'm so ready for Spirit Bound to come out!!!!!

I'm sorry you've been feeling sick!! Your idea that you went into the movies already sick makes me think on SMeyer's New Moon with the 3-way date haha poor Mike Newton xD (you'd have to read it haha)

Feel better soon!!!
Jan. 14th, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Haha me too. I guess it does happen in real life. Meep. XD
Jan. 15th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
lol no joke xD
Jan. 14th, 2010 06:10 am (UTC)
Yay! I love Eugenie.
Thank you, and I hope you will feel better.
Jan. 14th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it sucks to be sick when there are so many things you have to do.

I really liked Eugenie's series, but I guess it coming out later will give me more time to recover from the shocking events of the 2nd book (I really had to hug myself, I was so affected haha). Aside from that, Spirit Bound is one of my motivations to graduate this March. Haha, it's like a prize I'll give myself!

So hope you get better soon, and I really look forward to your next books!
Jan. 14th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
Hallo Richelle!
I just wanted to tell you that today I finished reading the first book of your Vampire Academy and I must say it is great. Tonight I`m starting the second one - I can hardly wait.I like your way of writing a lot and I hope that more of your books will be translated in Slovene soon. Although I don`t have much time for reading I know I will find the time to read all your books which will be available in my language. I hope some day all of them will be translated so people from small country Slovenia could meet your interesting characters and read your books. Greetings from Slovenia! Anita
Jan. 15th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Just wanted to say that I LOVE the VA series and I can't wait for the next book. and umm, btw I don't wanna b nosy or anything, but if u never get sick have u considered that maby ur pregnant? srry if that was a little out there, just a suggestion...
Jan. 16th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Motion Sickness at Avatar
Wow, I thought I was the only one who got motion sickness watching a movie! (Of course the combo of 3-D and IMAX didn't help.) Being a mythology teacher myself, I liked the correlation to Native American mythology, especially their connection to the earth and all living things.
Jan. 17th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
sick :(
I understand how you feel. i got the same thing you had, except i got it on my birthday :( i ope you are feeling better
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