Saturday, November 19, 2011
Tis the season for Thanksgiving--though the Christmas music is already playing in Wal-Mart! Let's not skip over giving thanks as we get closer to the end of another year.
As a writer who's experienced my fifth tumultuous year on the road to publication, I'm going to stop and give thanks.
1) I'd like to thank every writing blogspot I've frequented, for putting up with my sporadic comments that sometimes come from a sad and dejected place. I like to debate things, so sorry if I tend to stir the pot a little too much. It's all the angst from waiting to hear from agents. I'm actually normal!
2) I'm thankful that I don't have to worry about agent rejections on God's Daughter, because I've already packed up and moved on to my next book. No more revising queries, proposals or synopses for now. It's actually quite liberating. Not that I've given up on it forever--I surely haven't!
3) I'm thankful that I can write in completely different genres and feel quite cozy in each. Except Amish fiction. I'm not going there. Yet.
4) I'm also thankful for a husband who supports ME, and not just my books. Though he might like those too, if I ever gave him a chance to read them, or if he had time to read them in the first place. When the first one gets published, he's first in line for a signed copy.
5) You knew I was coming to this one, because I'm so grateful for all of you! Fellow writers, friends, followers...you uplift me. Writers feel all crumb-bummety if they can't reach anyone with their writing. It's nice to know there will be some people in line behind my hubby for that first book!
So happy Thanksgiving, all! Enjoy the turkey or the parade or the sauerkraut (wait, you don't have sauerkraut?). And let's be thankful for both good and bad things, though I know it's easier said than done--I've been trying to do it all year. But I'm figuring out that the bad things push us to places where we can reach more people and accomplish greater things.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
I can't really think of any other words for this post. I'm giddy with excitement, like I'm in love for the first time. Why? I can't stop writing! I've got the seed of a new novel in my head, and ideas are pouring out nonstop.
Is this the initial infatuation phase? You'd better believe it! I was recently infatuated with an idea for a YA novel for NaNo. I started it, felt good about it until day five, then shelved it for now. Because a bigger and better idea came to me, something that would reach more people and stay more in line with my audience.
For those of you who loved Aurora's sassy-girl ways in Otherworld, my new main character also has a little spice with her sugar.
I'm writing in past tense (new to me!), but still first-person. I'm trying to integrate all the dialogue techniques I've learned along this ever-arduous journey.
Let me state for the record, that though I love God's Daughter, I'm having so much fun getting out of the Old Norse mindset, back into the twenty-first century, with all its Jimmy Choos and mohair throws.
Oh, and did I mention that this novel starts off in Manhattan? Yes, like every popular romantic film you've ever seen! Cliche? Maybe! But it's going to work because I did actually live there for awhile. I didn't love it, like my MC, but that makes no difference. She's not me!
Just wanted to give a thoroughly upbeat and boom-a-licious update on my writing journey. I would NOT be doing this, if it weren't for the uplifting words offered by my husband, my friends and other writing peeps out there! God bless you, every one!
Monday, November 7, 2011
So, as far as my writing a NaNo novel this month...not so much.
As far as moving ahead in the agent-search contest...not so much.
BUT...suffering from a lack of encouragement from loving supporters...not so much!
I'm so thankful for all the unexpected words of encouragement that float me through days like this--days when I really can't concentrate on moving laundry to the dryer, figuring out the supper menu, or helping my daughter with math because my mind is elsewhere. Days where my book's been either inadvertently or ADVERTENTLY (word?) rejected.
So, I just want to say thanks to all of you. And will I stop writing? NOT SO MUCH.