Tuesday, 22 July 2008

A strange and wonderful day!


First of all, here are my newly dyed eyelashes, ready for RWA. They might not look anything special, but believe me, they look twice as long as they did before, due to the pale tips now being a beautiful shade of blue-black. :) Note also the tidy brows as opposed to the previous Neanderthal Babe look...

Today's big news broke, however, just as I was setting off for the La Femme Beauty Rooms. Got a phone call from my agent, with various bits of news... and the big kicker of me having sold four short stories/mini novellas to Spice Briefs!!!

I can barely believe this. In fact I keep waiting to wake up. I was very, very cautiously hopeful about these stories, but the reality of selling them still seems amazing. I've actually only written two of them. One is A Gentlewoman's Predicament, my naughty Victorian thingie, and the other is Twice the Pleasure, a menage a trois story, which is the first in a trio of shorts entitled Risque Reunions, all based around a ten year school reunion. I just have outlines for stories #2 and #3, but they're pretty clear in my mind, and shortish, of course, so I can't wait to get my teeth into them and polish them off too.

The timing of this news is fantastic too, and will help no end with my confidence levels at RWA! At the moment I feel as if I could almost float across to San Francisco, no jet required!

More news as and when it breaks...

11 comments:

Saskia Walker said...

Wooohoo! Im so excited for you. :D Many many congrats. The stories are superb and fully deserve this accolade. :) And don't you look glam!

val said...

Well done you.

Love the brows. I always pluck out the "blond" (ie. grey) ones, so soon I'll havenone left at all!

Portia Da Costa said...

Still floating here, guys!

Yep, I'm pleased with the brows, and the lashes. :)

ps. Val, the guy in A GENTLEWOMAN'S PREDICAMENT is a Victorian gent, visually modelled on our guy when he was Moriaty! Whiskers and all... He's a good guy though, not a diabolical villain. :)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Portia, fab dish! Can't wait to celebrate with you in SF! We still need to make plans, but, perhaps your dance card's full, what with how everyone's always been enamored of your "Victorian thingie."

Your cat vid from the other day gave me a terrific giggle, which I need here, surrounded by moving boxes and dealing with my computer after anti-virus program deleted my main email program, calendar, addy books n' all.

btw, the tinting rocks! You look very sophisticated.

Madelynne Ellis said...

Yay! That's fantastic news!

Can't wait to see your eyelashes :-)

Stephanie Secrest said...

Huge, huge congrats on the Spice Brief sales!!!

Does this mean you can attend the "infamous" Harlequin party at National? :)

Janine Ashbless said...

Congratulations Portia - you can go to the RWA feeling proud!

Hope you and Madelynne have loads of fun!

Portia Da Costa said...

Can't wait to meet you too, Michelle! The Bellas breakfast will be a hoot, I'll bet! :)

Portia Da Costa said...

Thanks, Madelynne... the eyelashes aren't all *that* spectacular, just a bit more defined than they used to be. :)

Portia Da Costa said...

Yep, I'm looking forward to the Harlequin party, Stephanie! Apparently there's dancing... :)

Portia Da Costa said...

Yeah, Janine, this news is a huge boost to my confidence. Perfect timing.

Wish you could be in SF with us!