Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Catching Up

I haven't been posting much lately, although I've noticed many of the blogs I usually read are having the same problem. The next two weeks are a little crazy and I'm busy just trying to keep track of where everyone needs to be.

This week we have soccer games Monday through Thursday - with two tomorrow night, here are two highland dance recitals for my oldest daughter and one rehearsal. We also have to plan and organize a barbecue for my step-son, his fiance, and the bridal party for Sunday night. And then this morning I remembered that I need to make the garter for the bride. She couldn't find anything she liked because everything was too frilly. She'd requested a particular color of blue, so I hope I can find the right fabric. (At least the quilt is finished and has been for a while.)Next week, we have soccer games every night, but two ballet recitals for my youngest daughter and the rehearsals for those. On Thursday we have a recital at 6:00 then we run next door at 7:30 for the high school band concert. And Saturday we are looking forward to my step-son's wedding.

My calendar is full, so my brain is busy trying to keep everyone organized so they all end up in the right places at the right time.

Meanwhile, the writing is going very slowly. I have added another couple chapters to my work in progress and today I received a rejection from Covenant. I wasn't too surprised, since it was my first novel submission, but with the lack of time to work lately, I did spend a few hours questioning whether I really am a writer. I think this could be a normal reaction. To boost my confidence I sat down tonight and made a list of things I have published. It is short, but at least I can say I have been published. I stuck it in my rejection folder so the next time I pull it out to add a rejection, the first thing I see will be that positive list.

As I read through my rejections and publications,I thought about the novel that was just rejected and the novel I'm working on, began to wonder what it is I actually write. So many of my friends are solidly in the young adult/fantasy camp. Others only write romances. Then there are those that stick solidly with non-fiction. I've written a little bit of everything. My ideas don't run in any particular direction, so I just go with what I have.

Right now I am working on a romantic/suspense, a children's picture book, a cozy mystery, and one that I'm not sure how to classify. I don't know if the variety will help me find success sooner or if I need to narrow down the field a little. Until I figure it out, I keep writing one word at a time. It's the only way I know how.


Don said...

Yeah, I think there's a bit of a blogging drought in the summer.

I fear I'm not helping much. Better think of something to write...

Julie Wright said...

Oh hon, I am on your side entirely. Sorry about the rejection. They sting and get under the skin if you let them, but don't let them.

I don't know what I write either, not really. My last five books are in this order: How to sell on eBay--non fiction, When the Mummy Comes--picture book, Eyes Like Mine--YA/LDS novel, the day My subconscious Betrayed me--National Romance Novel, The Hazzardous Universe--YA/science fiction national novel. Does this mean I'm schizophrenic?

Stephanie Humphreys said...

Don - It must be the nice weather. I'm having a hard time thinking of anything to write.

Thanks for the encouragement, Julie. Aren't all writers a little schizophrenic?

Queen of Chaos said...


Stephanie Humphreys said...

Thanks, Autumn.

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