I apologize for my silence over the last few weeks. 2013 isn’t starting off as promising as I’d hoped and we’re dealing with a not-so-pleasant situation, that I have no idea when will be resolved.
But I know you all understand. Family and health come first.
Sadly, this also means I haven’t been able to write much either. If it weren’t for the Writer’s Retreat I participated in the second weekend of January, my word count for the month would be a big fat ZERO.
Speaking of writer’s retreats, I highly recommend one for you fellow writers out there. We didn’t want to spend a lot of money or be too far from home, so we went to a local lake and rented a small cabin. January and February are off-season for those places, so you can get some INSANE deals, which we did. Over half off.
So wherever you are, you can always find those kinds of tucked-away places to get you away from your normal grind, without spending too much or being too far away if an emergency pops up.
Thanks to the two incredible ladies who joined me~ I hope to partake in another one soon!
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Tagged 2013, apology, emergency, February, Manuscript, retreat, silence, silent, sorry, Word count, write, Writer, writers retreat, Writing
Today feels like the first day of fall, or the closest you can get to it in North Texas in September.
It’ll be here for two days.
The unfamiliar sighs of relief from every resident of the Lone Star state have echoed everywhere. Seems like my home has been plagued by a perpetual drought for the last decade. Seattle, Boston, Providence, New York- thanks for sharing some of your commonplace weather with me. They’re worth dancing for here where I live.
My hubby brought back a white chocolate mocha for me from Starbucks. The only things missing are a wood fire and one of my mom’s quilts.
But instead of curling up with a delicious book , I’m banging my head against my keyboard.
That’s right people… I’m stuck.
I can’t get past a certain scene in the manuscript I’ve free-written without any plotting or sketching. And I can’t get my butt in gear to focus on outlining. Not because I keep getting down-trodden from more rejections (I refuse to admit that). But because my muse has decided to hide behind the rain clouds today.
My son’s down for a nap, so I have at least 1.5hrs of free time. And spending it stuck in limbo is as frustrating as a recovering chocoholic in a Buncha-Crunch factory.
I won’t have time later this weekend, since we have a birthday party to go to later today and a bunch of errands tomorrow (and taking time to go to a writer’s meeting).
I thought the rain was supposed to bring out my muse. Why is it hiding? Or perhaps you’re trying to tell me something much more important. That perhaps I don’t want to hear.
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Tagged autumn, book, Boston, chocolate, Drought, fall, inspire, Manuscript, Muse, New York, novel, Publishing, rain, Seattle, Starbucks, Texas, Writing
Audrey’s Promise (Contemporary Romance)
Queries Sent: 10 (and 2 contest entries) to mostly agencies
Rejections: 5 (all form letters)
Partial Requests: 1 (Synopsis sent to agent, and since rejected)
Full Requests: 2 (both from Publishers, still pending)
I’m doing it the smart way. I send out 3-4 at a time and wait for responses. If I need to tweak my query letter or pitch, I do (with the help of great friends!) and submit to 4 or 5 more. If I don’t get nibbles, then I know I need to revamp the letter again. Querytracker.net is a great place to help me keep track of all this. As well as the ones I want to query, but need to wait or do more research. Meanwhile, I keep entering contests online. We’ll see where this goes!
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Tagged Agent, editor, Fiction, full, Literary Agent, Manuscript, partial, publisher, Query, Query letter, reject, Rejection, request, Romance, status, track, wait, waiting