Another disaster

So tonight as I go to bed – the community of West, Texas is on my mind. After watching the terrible fire and huge explosion on CNN I wonder how they will mend. I know that they will but right now it just seems impossible. My heart warms to see the outpouring of assistance and support from the other Texans and even farther than that. This has been a hard week but the human spirit is hard to crush…Boston and West are fine examples of that. Now, I end with a line from a song…God Bless Texas…West, Texas.

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I gave blood…

Yesterday I watched in shock as two bombs went off at the finish line of the famed Boston Marathon. Mentally, I never expected to see such a thing on American soil again. But that is not what this blog is about. What it IS about is humans.  Compassion, kindness, generosity of humans. Selfless-ness, bravery and courage. I saw all of those things on my tv like so many others did. I was horrified by the injuries. As of now the death toll is at 3 which is three too many and yet I expected that number to be so much higher. I sat in my living room wondering what I could do to help. That’s when someone mentioned the call for blood donations and the American Red Cross. I looked online that night, found a place to go to and set up my appointment. That’s where I was this morning – donating my blood. Well actually I donated a ‘double’ of red blood cells because I am an O- blood type. I have no doubt that my donation will help someone. It took an hour of my time and seemed like such a small thing but when I left I was assured my gift was needed and would be used. I think I will make a habbit of donating now. Boston, I’ve never seen you in person but just as I did for the victims at Sandy Hook, I cry for you.

The difference a day can make

So last night I went to bed feeling pretty good, positive about where I was as far as looking for an agent, editor or publisher was concerned. Today however, I find that there is so much to this business that I know nothing about. It’s not just good books and publishing. There are clicks and grudge holders. If you make a mistake it can and possibly will be held against you. There are also those who will purposefully try to bring you down, down talk your work or ideas. Ugh. I have found a few agents that I think I’d like to work with but can see that perhaps I’m not the caliber or writer they will take on. There are more rejections than offers. I’m not sure where I stand. I have stories that show up in my head and I write them. Are they worthy of publishing? Will anyone else want to read them? I guess that’s the big question. I will let my finished manuscript sit for a bit. I’ll work on my new things and evaluate how things stand in a month or so. Well, nobody said it was gonna be easy….

Throwing it out there….

Well, I’ve done it. Today I sent a submission to my favorite, my dream publisher. I wanted to do it now because I feel like I can’t concentrate on any new work(s) in progress. So with that in mind I studied how to write a synopsis on several sites. It took me two days to get my synopsis the way I wanted and then…I sent it. I realize the chances of me actually catching the attention of this publisher are extremely rare. However, I’m chasing my dream, and part of that means I’ve got to keep putting my work out there and trying. I want this so bad I can taste it – now I just need to wait twelve yes 12 short weeks to hear anything. In the mean time, I have one other WIP that is about 1/3 done and another that is just about half way. This is the success I want. Don’t wait til tomorrow to chase your dreams…do it now!!

Playing Favorites

I was thinking last night if there are others, like me, who have their dream publisher, editor,agent. Or maybe who/what would mean success to you. As a person who has written for years just because there are stories bumping around in my head – who now has decided to change into professional from hobby. I know there is a big difference between the hobby-author and the professional author. I see how inexperienced I am compared to those on Twitter. Everyone has to start some where, this is where I am starting. I know what success to me would be. That lies in the publisher. Not that I would say no if another publisher made me an offer. Also, I’ve been able to interact with agents, editors as well as publishers. Some you get the feeling you would get along with them and would enjoy working with them and others…not so much. I just wondered if other authors had ‘dream teams’ picked out. I mean it must work the other way also – agents, editors & publishers must have authors they’d love to work with too and those they didn’t want to at all…just a little rambling. So here’s to the dream…I’m still chasing you, in the end – there can be only one!

Babysitting

Well if I needed a way to clear my mind…babysitting a 3yo & 1yo is certainly doing that! My youngest kids are 15 & 16 so it’s been a few years….these girls even bite! Well the last thing on my mind is my manuscript!

A Writer’s Life or A Pirate’s Life

A very interesting day today. I got a lot of interesting quotes of inspiration for writers. I also made another Twitter pitch which resulted in a request for more. I just wish I knew if what I write is publish quality. So hard to know, I mean, I would read it but I wrote it. So I will see how that goes. I won’t know if I don’t try. I also love when I find an agent/editor/publisher or even another writer who gives out tips for writing/editing or publishing. I’ve found a few either through Twitter/websites or blogs. Love that. Its easy to get discouraged but I would never get angry about a rejection. I’m going to keep trying. Funny enough the new WIP that I’ve been working on suddenly I don’t like the pov I’m using so changes need to be made. Also funny, I started a new WIP and was making good progress on that. Finally decided to call it a night but will work on it again tomorrow. I think that’s it for now. Don’t give up!

Human Error

Ugh, I can’t stand when I make an error. As a young girl, I worked in my Dad’s law firm during the summers. My sisters and & would file, pull/replace law books, make copies, answer phones. As we got older we all progressed into secretarial work. Attention to detail was of the upmost importance. We learned to proof-read or edit our own work because if we took it to Dad or another attorney with an error – we had to start over *we didn’t have computers yet* even for 1 tranposed number. So today, I made a simple error, just 1 wrong letter and it could have cost me the chance to have my manuscript reviewed by an editor (at my number 2 desired publishers). I was so upset when I finally caught that one small mistake! My day was ruined, just ruined. I quickly corrected the ‘YA’ to a ‘NA’ and put a little blurb in about my error but that in no way meant anyone even had to look at me again. I was devastated as I went to my daughter’s Spring Dance Program. I put it out of my mind and just enjoyed watching my daughter do what gives her joy…dance. to my surprise when I got home an editor AND not just any editor – the Head Cheese kind of editor – had asked me for more info on my MS!! Instant mood changer – of course by the time I saw it 2hrs later she had gone to bed, being on the East Coast, so I sent over the info she asked for and now shall wait. Now, even if there is no interest in my MS I know that these editors will look at things with a human eye. I could have been shut out but wasn’t. I feel even better knowing they are my number two choice of publishers. Well, actually, they are a part of my number 1 choice but a different branch on the tree. So…good all around. I can sleep content. Good Night

Easter Sunday…

Now that my kids are older, the excitement of Easter morning has diminished quite a bit. As teens they are not interested in getting up early to hunt for eggs. The cooking duty, howerver, is the same. After cooking for a good long while today my feet were just happy for me to take a ‘sit down break’.  I hope your day was spent doing things you love with people you love. As for me…my tired feet and I are going to bed!! Start of fresh week tomorrow.

Blogging from the top of a mountain?

Yes, I am. I am in Phoenix at the top of South Mountain and it will be sunset soon. The weather is great, it is peaceful and quiet except for the buzz of bees. To be honest, I wish I wasn’t here but my kids are taking pictures with their Gramma so I had to come. Actually, I’m in an uncomfortable position and I don’t like it but I’m here none the less just waiting and hoping I don’t get stung by any bees. Spring time is a great time in Arizona but we never know how long it will last before the real heat arrives….then I will be bemoaning the weather and wishing I was some place else. These pictures are taking forever by the way. Could it be because I so don’t want to be here that time is actually moving slower? I wonder. Well I will finish this blog with a wish to you all to have a lovely Easter and enjoy it with those you love. Til the next time – keep writing, keep dreaming, don’t give up even if it breaks your heart.