Summer doldrums.

I have been lazy. The spirit-is-willing, but-flesh-is-tired, kind of lazy! May be it is age. Perhaps it is all about 2020. Can you imagine, this year has been so bad that in future people will start making comments like, “Dang man! You are nothing but a 2020! Or, if someone messes up something and the friends say, “That is just 2020 all over again for you, ain’t it?”

But that is not the reason I am being lazy. I have no idea why I am lazy. I am reading a lot, and don’t want to put the book down. Busy with my garden, and am  watching some Pakistani Urdu dramas on YouTube, and marvel at the beauty of that language. So pure, so crisp and so refreshing. I love that language.

So anyway, ever since my book Gulistan was published, I have been getting so many calls and emails from all the Toms, Dicks and Harrys, to allow them to market it. I know very well that they will do it nicely but I would have to pay them to market it. Amazon and Barnes &Noble do just as well, me thinks. I have discouraged these men and women who hound me, or let the message machine take the calls and I ignore them.

Recently, I have been courted by some people with several well-known companies, telling me that they are interested in making a movie. I about fell off my seat. I of course told them that I was not interested. But there is a deluge of calls from New York, North Carolina, and California, representing some Hollywood movie people. I have Googled them, and what do you know, they are genuine companies. You should read some of the language they try to snare me with.

The final mail I have received yesterday, from one of the marketing companies is, that the film company is willing to pay me 50K for Copy Rights! If I don’t like that offer they would ask for more. These people, they are so slick! Why? Why on earth would anyone want to make a film of the stories from my book? Why would anyone want to tempt me? Can you imagine an older lady, much like me or younger, how she could easily fall for this crap.

So, I did what I think was right. I replied to their mail and said that I have to talk to my accountant and my attorneys before I could say yay or nay! Then I called the brain in my family, my son Sayeed and showed him the various mails. He read them all and said, “You know mom, I have to show these to the attorney and see what they think. Personally I think they are trying to get some money out of all this, but let’s talk to the attorneys first!”

So that’s where I am with my book and the “movie project.”

In other news, the garden is behaving well. Got tons of tomatoes, and the colors of sunflowers and dahlias and gladiolus continue to be vibrant. Have a great rest of the week, and stay safe and stay well.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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20 Responses to Summer doldrums.

  1. Wow… movie project(s)! I hope at least one of those calls are legitimate and if so, give it some thought. I’m glad your garden is thriving. I wished you could grow have a mango tree.

    Stay safe and don’t worry about feeling lazy. You’ve worked hard all your life, just enjoy some quiet time now.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you Matt. Do you I have a mango seed in one of the pots. I planted it yesterday. I don’t know what I will do it if starts growing. Winter is on its way, and any way, I have to start worrying about it sooner or later.
      I think the calls and emails are legitimate, because I have googled them and checked them out. I just don’t know what they expect from me, to represent me. I am not willing to pay anything to anyone at this time.

  2. murisopsis says:

    Your opening paragraph about 2020 made me laugh! I can see it now. They will say it is “2020” instead of FUBAR… It is exciting that someone wants to make your book into a movie!! I’ve heard that they buy the movie rights to lots of books but hardly any get made… I hope your story makes it to the big screen! As for being lazy, I think it is okay to take a more relaxed attitude and have a less hurried schedule… Give you time to think deeply and enjoy the moment.

    • Zakiah says:

      You are so right. That’s what Sayeed and the attorneys are saying. Anyway, I am not holding my breath. At least I am getting a lot of traffic on my address online! 🙂

  3. slmret says:

    I love that you are getting offers for the rights to Gulistan! How exciting — even if you don’t take them up on it, that’s really flattering. It’s hot here — 100 where I am today, and hotter for the next week or more! As a result, I’m becoming very much “2020”! Staying cool is a real project!

    • Zakiah says:

      I thought so too. I cannot deny that I was flattered initially, but as I thought more about it, the less enthusiastic I became.
      We have had a very balmy week with temperatures in the high seventies and tonight it is going to dip into low or mid fifties it seems. Sleep with open windows, I will.

  4. mrswrangler says:

    You can never be over cautious for scammers.

  5. How exciting, indeed! And you can trust Sayeed to find out the details for you! Definitely get some professionals involved that know the score. Then you can make a decision. But it would be so cool if your stories were shared in movie!!!!!!!!!!!!

    One word of advice I have heard: if a book is going to be made into a movie…be sure the author has the rights to help write the screenplay. “Hollywood” likes to buy the rights to stories and then they change the story/stories… sometimes too drastically…or they like to add stuff that didn’t happen. 😦

    If there was ever a season created for lazy…it is summer! 😉 😛
    A good time to rest and only do what you want to do!

    HUGS!!! 🙂
    PS…Your opening paragraph made me laugh so loud! 😀 That is exactly what will happen!

  6. kim says:

    You’re a tough room, Dr. Z. 😉 But I’m betting, because of that, the garden produce is phenomenal, and the trolls are running for the hills. & you’re not lazy, you’re just in summer mode. Enjoy, because you know lovely fall is coming!

  7. Rupali says:

    Yes, 2020 is a special year. Which drama’s are you watching? Have you watched “Durr e Shehwar”. Such a brilliant drama. I would love to see flowers from your garden.
    “Movie project” sounds so coooool Zakiah ji😊. Take care.

    • Zakiah says:

      Currently I am watching Sabaath. Just finished watching Mera Naseeb. It was very good. Before that I watched Alif. Lovely. And a few others. Yes I have watched Durr e Shehwar.
      I would recommend Jackson Heights, and Mein Sitara.
      Thank you for your words about the movie project Rupali. I am not truly inclined to giving up my rights on my book.

      • Rupali says:

        The movie project: On the other side at least people have contacted you whatever might be the reason whereas back in homeland someone might have used it with possible tod marod without informing you.
        I told my husband, we were talking about various scenarios.
        I support your decision of not giving up the rights.
        Take care.

  8. I’m glad your son is wise. 😉 Congrats ..how awesome that you are being sought after. I’m about half way through me ebook copy. Unfortunately, I have little time to get through any book. Life. I will get there though. Enjoy being laid back while you can. Hugs.

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