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!

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

Sunday was a busy day

Today I got a lot done. Felt good about that. Did some research on writing contests, publishers and agents. Participated in an askagent on Twitter and got some good answers. Transfered all the Manuscripts or ideas I’m working on to a stick drive so I can work from any of the computers. Also started five outlines for books to work on later. I also began writing on a new manuscript that I’m very excited about. I need to work some more on completed MS and I need to finish up the second one as well. Lots of things going on and I just need to keep pushing – hard. This is what I want. So with that…it is a short work/school week for most people…enjoy it. I’m out!

The Weekend Is Here

So Friday was a rather horrible day for me and my family. I had to put my sweet dog Dixie to sleep. I won’t go into the details but she had Epilepsy. I also won’t say much about her or my eyes will start fillinf with tears and I won’t finish this. Just that I love you and will miss you.

I didn’t get much writing wise done but did get some research done and received one of the books I ordered in the mail – about self editing. I want to do my best as I put my work out there…so much competition and so many with more experience that I just need to do everything I can. I also submitted a bit of work in a contest for Hareliquin – probably not the right line with them but still the experience of it matters. I also worked on four outlines for future works. Never tried the outline theory but will see how it works out.

I think this should do it for the night. See you Sunday!

Good Time To Blog!

So today I finished all the editing that I thought I could do before I printed. It was suggested to me, so I printed out When Love Walks In aka my work in progress and it was so much easier for me to edit. It was much more fluid! So I will be working on that for a few days. Then making some corrections – spelling, grammar and probably changes. My quandy? I want someone to read it over but I don’t have anyone in my family who would do it. That leaves a stranger. What? Scary!! A beta reader was another suggestion and I joined a forum but have only lurked behind the scenes so far. Oh, I don’t know what do do. I do know that there is some more stuff going on that I want to be involved in – some contests and more twitter pitches. I just want to know if my work is publish worthy. Ughhh!

The week has ended…again

Well I tried to not write but as usual – I was writing. It may turn out that my stories aren’t good enough to be published but I have to find out. The only way I can find out is to have enough people read different manuscripts and then tell me they suck. So until then…I keep writing. I go balls to the wall trying. I keep dreaming about the publishers I want. I won’t give up. And that’s how I feel about that. I want to be published so bad I can taste it…you can’t just walk away from that. I will keep learning, researching, asking stupid questions, reading and writing. Who knows…maybe one day….happy friday

Self Doubt – you are bad

So today as I took part in a Twitter chat about self-editing I experienced that evil little voice…self doubt. Ask the questions came fast & furious & answers did too I lurked. Realizing there was soooo much more to publishing a book than I had thought. Maybe I’m just a story teller after all. Maybe the stories that are inside of my head are only meant for me to write down and then…do nothing with. Maybe my little MS wasn’t good enough to publish. Granted, the one I have now is a contemporary novel, which I usually don’t write, but I had dreams. Yep, I let myself dream, envision if you will, that I could have it published by one of my top choices Harlequin or Carina Press. I also have a new publisher I’m interested – Entranced. So, I guess I need to do some serious evaluating. Just because I love to write doesn’t mean it’s good enough to be published. The chances are so few even if you have a great MS. So, anyway, I end this day on a bit of a downer. Tomorrow will find me thinking. Maybe I need a betta reader so I know if I should keep trying….ugh…

MIA

Whelp – I missed a couple days here. I blame it on the 10th. That is a tricky day for me. Firstly, it is the day my Mom lost her battle to breast cancer. Now twelve years later I still grieve for her. However, it is also the day my first born child decided to get married. One year later it is a happy day as well. I guess it just sort of throws me into a funk. I’m happy of course for my daughter and SIL – as she planned – but still I miss my Mom. So that in a nut shell is what has been on my mind.

I did have the chance to make a MS pitch via Twitter and was asked to send in my first three chapters/synopsis which I did. My MS is ‘rough’ and I truly didn’t imagine I would hear anything so I was thrilled to be asked. It was declined but I was given some valuable suggestions which I take to heart. Now I’m putting those suggestions into action. I only wish my other MS was done now but….there is always time later….so this is me saying good night.

It’s Friday – again

Well I’m not sure about where you live but where I live – it’s Friday! It’s raining and I’m sitting down to write. Amazing how when I’m dedicating time to write my phone rings or text messages start pouring in. I decided for the next hour I will not pick up my phone for any reason. NO interruptions for a solid hour! Not sure my family is taking me seriously when I tell them that I’m not just writing for my own joy anymore….now I want to be published, I want to share these stories….one day they will see what I was talking about when I said things like “writing is my life – my job” – as I crumple up a piece of paper and hold it in my upraised fist saying ‘As God as my witness, I’ll never go hungry again!’ Wait, that’s from my favorite movie GWTW – but you get the idea…have a great weekend!

Writing, writing, laundry & writing

So mostly I was writing today and did laundry. Going back and editing a little as I go. I have no chapters and that worries me. I need to go back and read my MS and figure out where to put chapters. I’m not sure if I should just write like I do or if I should write and put chapters in as I go. Which is better I wonder? So I have some research to do….