Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Male Me...

I was installing updated internet security this morning and I thought to myself what sort of weirdo gets a kick out of creating internet viruses that ruin computers? Yes, it would probably require some degree of technical smarts to do it but have these people got nothing else productive to do in their lives? I suspect not. I often picture them sitting in a room by themselves, eating pizza, surrounded by comic books and thinking up dumb ways to ruin people’s internet time. Yeah, how stereotypical of me to think that way but I just wonder why they don’t put what knowledge they have into doing something that will actually benefit someone else. I mean it’s not like this computer dweeb can run around telling everyone he is the one the created the XYZ virus is it? What a strange little world they live in. But then no stranger than the morons that spray graffiti or throw litter on the ground because they are too pig ignorant to clean up after themselves…and yes, throw litter or cigarette butts when I am in the vicinity and I’ll be telling you to pick them up. I believe in the theory of evolution and I think some people are still having trouble getting to the next stage.

I received a draft version of my cover of Male Me from the Publisher - Resplendence Publishing. No, I can’t show it yet until I get the official oakey doakey but I love it. I never quibble about covers as I figure the artist/publisher are the experts and I tend to give a Cover artist free reign to do as they wish when it comes to my cover. My instructions were to go wild. Male Me is a ménage after all. I did send the draft on to a couple of friends/colleagues to get their opinion because although I was happy with it, I wanted people who would tell me honestly what they thought. They liked it, in fact most wanted to meet the male model on the front - yeah, like I know him. One person wanted to see more of the cover model’s body but that would take it well and truly into the realms of pornography and I'm not about that, nor is the publisher. Besides that's tacky on a romance book - I'm sure you will agree. Anyway as soon as I get final approval to post I will whack it on the blog and the website.

Male Me, like most of my books is based on my life…no, I’ve never done the ménage thing…not that there's anything wrong with that as Seinfeld would have said. However -
when I was working at Promptel(code word for crap phone company) management would send out emails announcing this or that or the other. Most of it was pretty irrelevant or ridiculous stuff like “as of tomorrow everyone will be required to make sure they stand on both feet when accessing the photocopier” or “anyone wearing red socks will be asked to explain why as they are not part of the corporate uniform.” You know the sort of stuff management types send out. It's basically to justify the sender having something to do. The staff of course would then wear red socks and balance on one foot just because they could.

Anyway most of the time the emails came and the staff deleted them. Promptel was and probably still is big on useless information. However, my colleagues and I also used to send emails to each other around the room making comments about the email sender or the emails we received. Comments were usually about how desperately we wanted the sender, that we wanted him to father our children, what he was like last night in bed and how we planned to handcuff the sender and do various lustful things to him that night. Yes, we were terribly busy at work but it gave us a laugh and kept morale high and to my mind Promptel should thank us for writing these emails...but they probably won't.

I used to speculate what would happen if management intercepted our emails - in particular if the manager we were targeting that day got the email and how he would react and what he would do to the staff member. No, it never happened. What would I have done if it had been caught? I would done the standard burst into tears thing and explain I had done it due to stress/drugs/alcohol/hormones. Most managers in my experience don't like dealing with any of that.

So that's how Male Me came about. The heroine is loosely based on me - she certainly gets to have much more fun at work than I ever have. What happens next? You will have to read the novella when it comes out in August.

Thank you to all those people who sent personal emails to me after yesterday’s blog. I’m glad you got what I was saying and I hope you find the peace you seek and understanding you need.
Go ahead: Live with abandon. Be outrageous at any age. What are you saving your best self for?


barbara huffert said...

I miss work emails. We don't have a network where I am now. They did censure our mail where I was before by blind copying the administrator automaitically and supposedly without our knowledge. Yeah, like I didn't check for that one and delete as needed.

I can't wait to read what "you" used to get up to at work.

Sandra Cox said...

Wishing you many sales of Male Me. Can't wait to see the cover.

Anny Cook said...

Can't wait to see the cover!

I can tell you exactly what happens when the admin gets the letter... but that's another blog!

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Kudos on another book with yet another publisher! The powerhouse continues, much to this reader's enjoyment.

Regina Carlysle said...

Love today's men. The guy in the water was sooooo hot he had to cool off, I think. YUMMY.

I picture the computer virus people as being closed up in a dark, stinky room eating cheetos wondering why they have no life.

Can't wait to read Male Me.

LynTaylor said...

Sounds like a fun book AJ! Can't wait to see the cover ;)