Sunday, 15 September 2013
The Good, The Bad and The Where do I go from HERE?
HERE I sit, saying,
Later, tomorrow, next week
HERE I type words
Check emails, Facebook, Twitter
HERE I’ll stay forever
Shackled by procrastination.
WHERE is a place I want to be
Dynamic, productive, proactive
WHERE is a place they say well done! Good job!
A place I sign and smile
WHERE is a place I’m heading now
Once I’m freed from procrastinate hell
I wrote that all by myself. Just now – in five minutes flat.
OK, OK - some of you may say I should stick to writing stories. And you are probably right. Although I have got poetry in my blood – many of my family are very talented in the poetry department, I’ll have you know.
AND I wrote a poem when I studied for my degree that has now been accepted by a wonderful poetry magazine – Good Lord! But more about that another time.
Why I’m blogging today is not to share my doggerel with you – but to share my ups and downs of the last few weeks.
Well Eight Degrees came winging back from one of the two agents I sent it to. The agent was very kind and gave me some feedback which included that my writing is fluent, which is nice – and she added some tips on how to improve the novel - which was kind too. Her main concern was she felt there were too many characters in the novel. I had suspected that, I must admit. Although I have read many books with lots of characters - they are mainly by established authors. Maybe a debut novelist should stick to the rules.
Eight Degrees is still with another agent but I’m not holding my breath as I might die.
Part of me wonders if I’m barking up the wrong novel. Five Men in a Box, after all, was read three times by Darley Anderson before they finally said no.
Or maybe I should take all I’ve learnt and embark on a brand new novel.
Or maybe I could just check my Facebook.
WELL, I have been proactive here. Oh YES! My anthology is almost edited, and my son’s working on the cover as we speak. Well he will be when he gets up. I have a title too which I'm rather happy with. So not long now before I upload. YIKES! Scary turnips!
I’ve had a rather good few weeks short story-wise.
I’ll quickly move past the four rejections from Take a Break that the now black-eyed postman delivered last week, and tell you I sold my 50th story – yes 50! And then a week later I sold story 51! WHOOP! This is the last time I
my sales on here, as I’m getting on my own nerves, quite frankly. But for those interested I do add them to my
blog HERE. I can't promise, however, not to post if I EVER crack Woman’s Weekly!
I had a rather nice week publication-wise last week too, with a story in The People’s Friend Special
I must tell you that The Weekly News one was VERY topical – so I think it’s really worth aiming stories their way that are on subjects presently news-worthy.
Where do I go from here?
Well, to end on a poetic note: If I let my dreams slip through my fingers – I only have one person to blame. (I made that up too - which kind-of explains why it isnt very poetic at all!)
Ooh, and just to add: HERE's a link to The Richard and Judy 'Search for a Bestseller' competition - which I may just give a whirl!
Bye for now X