Tag Archive: Ideas

Wow Does Time Fly

See I knew it had been a while since I’d written here, but truthfully I thought it was only a few weeks not twice that. I’ve in this time, had moments of productivity. I suppose mostly in the area of reading and blogging – review blogging that is. My review blog hasn’t been getting as many hits as it used to, I suppose that is in part because I sometimes find it difficult to blog after a 12 hr shift. You know when you work that many hours in a day and some days are very, very demanding ones, you just want to go home and veg.
I am finally, after almost 12 months in the job, getting organised with my reviewing. It is an awesome feeling. Also even though my blog traffic has dropped off, the other site I review for is doing awesome and I’m proud to be a part of that. People often don’t understand why I put so much time into reviewing and reading, they figure if I don’t get paid then it can’t possibly be worth it. Well let me tell you, it certainly is worth it. I love books, I love children’s books and I love sharing my love for them. (What a lot of love). Also I get books sent to me and for me that is a pretty awesome type of payment. I am very proud of my office library and quiet frankly I get why people don’t keep books or only borrow from the library (it can get kinda expensive over time) but I love my books, I love to revisit them too, sometimes even when I have heaps of new stuff to read, I just need to curl up and catch up with an old friend, it’s just what I need to make things feel right.

Might need to invest in one of these

Might need to invest in one of these

Writing stories hasn’t stopped, it’s just not quite as organised as perhaps it should be. I keep telling myself that I will get it all sorted but I haven’t got there yet. I’m not sure if that’s because I’m too scattered in my approach or what. I try to be disciplined but truthfully, sometimes when a new idea springs you just have to get some of that down. I wonder if some of my problem is simply that I want my writing to be profitable and so I get distracted with other projects in the hope one will result in some kind of breakthrough.
There is a part of me that wishes the muse was controllable but she is a fickle wench, always has been and I suspect always will be. That is life though. So for the moment I will plod on getting pen to paper whenever I can.
Oh if you want to check out either of the review blogs feel free.


Rejection Mark ?

Well I wasn’t really in the right head space last week to write, also I think I was doing something else.

Anyway I heard back from the agent. It was a thanks but no thanks kind of thing. Here’s an excerpt:

I feel that the writing is there, however the story takes too long to get going.

I love the concept and it has all the right ingredients that I would like to see in a YA fantasy,

however in such a competitive industry, the author does not have the luxury of building the story at a

leisurely pace.

I guess at least one of the thoughts I had going through my mind was that it wasn’t something she could see as salvageable. If she had then maybe we could have made one or two changes and gone forward.

It hurt a bit I won’t deny that but strangely I wasn’t terribly upset by this. It was fairly helpful as far as feedback goes and I don’t actually think the change it needs is a very time consuming one. The other reason I wasn’t that upset was that when I took a step back to look at it all I realised I wasn’t sure I could work well with this person anyway.

Why then would I approach them you may wonder. That’s easy, when you are looking for a break you will look out for what ever opportunities you can. Looking on the slightly brighter side, in a minor way it was like getting a manuscript assessment. Certainly not a line by line or major breakdown of strengths or weaknesses but it is yet another step forward.

I have not given up, I will not give up. I don’t know that I can. I still have hopes for Evayn and these stories, I have hopes for the as yet unwritten ideas screaming or sometimes floating around in my head.

Sure it gets frustrating to be rejected and it gets frustrating when well meaning friends and acquaintances tell you JK Rowling got rejected a load of times, or other authors with similar stories. Strangely it isn’t as irritating when a well published author says they just got a rejection letter, somehow that gives you the perspective to keep pushing on.

So push on I will.

Later, got a heap of stuff to do and a new idea pushing its way forward.