I haven’t said anything before, because I didn’t know where it was going, but I have spent the last two months talking to a production company about a television miniseries based on my Big Lake mystery series. And while that sounds exciting, and any author’s dream, the more I talked to them, the less inclined I was to go forward with it. Finally, a few days ago, I said no. Sometimes you have to look at where you are in your life and decide what is really important to you.
It didn’t help that the acquisitions guy I have been dealing with is an arrogant jerk, demanding this and demanding that. Several times he had set up a time to call me for something and never did, or called an hour or more late. He kept saying they wanted to do a Zoom-type meeting but wouldn’t give me a date. Then right after Christmas, he said it would be in early January. I told him my daughter and granddaughter would be here from the 12th to the 21st, so it couldn’t be then. On the 14th, as we were getting ready to go to Marineland for granddaughter Destiny to swim with the dolphins, he called and wanted to do it in an hour.
I told him no, I had a family commitment, and he let me know he didn’t give a damn about my commitments. He had pulled a lot of strings to make the meeting happen and it was important. He expected me to cancel the family thing for the meeting. Nope, not going to happen.
He kept telling me how lucky I was that they even contacted me in the first place and that they don’t usually talk to “nobodies,” but someone in their organization has read all of my books and was pushing for it. That alone was enough to make me tell him to go pound sand, and in subsequent conversations with them, I realized it was not a path I wanted to follow even though the money they were offering was impressive at first glance.
But it would have been at least a two-year project, and they needed a commitment from me to be involved for the duration. They also wanted the first right of refusal on any future books. The thing is, I am already making good money doing what I am doing and I am very content with my life, so why change anything? I have a beautiful, loving wife, a comfortable home, plenty of toys, and I set my own schedule and don’t have to answer to anyone. I’m 69 and don’t have the time left to waste doing something I don’t want to and putting up with a lot of stress just for dollars.
Another author I know told me I was crazy to pass up an opportunity like this, and maybe I am. The representative from the production company was surprised when I said thanks but no thanks. He said there are a lot more authors wanting a deal than there are producers looking for authors. Well then, my friend, talk to one of them. I’m good.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say somebody did something really stupid.
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Thought For The Day – The world is full of people looking for spectacular happiness while they snub contentment.