Tag Archive: Submissions

What A Week

This has been a busy and somewhat insane week for me.

I started rehearsals for the one act play I am in. Also I was asked for a complete manuscript from the agent I had submitted to. SQEEEEEE!

And still a little scary.

This is a huge step forward for me and my writing and still one I faced with trepidation. It seems silly really, I like my novel, I’m proud of it and I love my characters. Yet as with all things creative it has to be handed over or performed to an audience at some point and then it is in their hands. Now my story is in the hands of someone who owes me nothing, and I desperately want them to like it.

And a little part of me is terrified. It’s what I have been working towards for more years than I like to think about and now…let me put it this way, it’s best when I don’t think about it.

So I gave my manuscript a final once over and help…I started to doubt myself, my writing. Fortunately once I really got into the edit I found myself more balanced and even had the same feelings about my characters and what happens that I’d had before I’d read the story goodness knows how many times.

As a funny little side note an email came through today rejecting a short story I submitted for something. Some times I wonder what drives me to continue this pursuit and the only answer I have is in the question – driven, I am driven to write. I need to do this and when publication happens it will be icing on a cake whose recipe I’ve been working on for a while.

I will keep you updated.


Another Week

It is very tempting to not write anything this week, mostly because there is nothing good to say. Or at least that is how it feels.

Work has been tough and sad, it is so sad watching the section I put so much time into collapsing down to nothing. It’s also sad watching the rest of the store disintegrate as well. Then there are all the silly customers who thing we want to answer the same three questions all the time; ‘are you closing?’ ‘when?’ ‘why?’. Then there are the annoying ones who say things like ‘where are you going to be able to work after this?’ It’s none of their business but so far I’ve restrained from saying anything particularly rude.

I have almost finished one of my short stories for a submission. That’s on the good side. On the bad side my submission for my novel has been rejected and while I know that is a large part of the business it came at a really stressful time for me. Also I’ve been contemplating that, while I feel strongly about my YA project I wonder if I may not be better off letting it go. That’s the thing about writing, sometimes you really have to just let go of some ideas that you really like.

I will not give up. I haven’t yet and I’m not sure I know how but right now I’m feeling a bit down. The highlight of my week has been the good stuff that has been happening with TheKylieVerse. I have also done a lot of really good reading lately and that’s not a bad thing. I love Tamora Pierce, Michael Pryor and Ally Carter among other authors but these three have made this week better, so thank you guys.