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I Suck At Juggling

I could blame last week’s lack of post on technical difficulties or a ghost in the machine (now I want to watch I, Robot) but truly the fault was human error.

This human to be precise.  I spaced that it was Wednesday.  I had my 40+ hours at the Evil Day Job, writing, an out of town guest and my schedule just heaved itself out the window.  Wait. *I* threw it out the window.  There, took responsibility like a big girl (have to if I’m going to wear the BG panties).

I suck at juggling.  Not a new discovery but something I need to be reminded of periodically.  I know there are people who are writing, working an EDJ and taking care of home and they aren’t flinching.  I am not one of them.

I whine, swear, wish I had wine, and gnash my teeth trying to get it all done, and I still come up short.  I can live with the fact that I cleaned the bathroom on Monday, but the kitchen will have to wait until Thursday.  I can even operate at work on less than three hours of sleep (though by 2pm I’m a bit of a whack job laughing at my own jokes).

But I can’t be that flexible with my writing.  It all feels like suck and I can’t half or even 3/4 ass it into shape.  I don’t know if it’s because I’m incapable of accepting any less or if I’m still too new to my own process to figure it out.  But I’ve put it on my To Do List to find out.  Which I’m sure I’ll get to … some time this year.

Sasha, who could use a nap

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Balance

This week has been a whopper! Good news has had me flying while an unwanted response thoroughly grounded me. I guess the universe wants to be sure I maintain my balance.

Though I have to admit, I wouldn’t mind flying high in ALL areas of my life!

First, the good news: DD had a successful home water birth and presented us with a 9 lb 6 oz baby boy. *very happy sigh* What a wonderful way to start the holiday season.

Not so good news: received an R from the agent who had my full mss on exclusive. *not so happy sigh*

Oh well. Since the year is about to end, I’ve decided to cease and desist on querying agents. Instead, I’ve sent queries out to a couple of publishers. Since those will take a while to process, I’m officially setting that mss aside and concentrating on other projects.

Balance. A necessary part of life.

I’m off to retrieve DD’s two older kids for an overnight with Grammie and Grandpa so she and her DH can have some quiet time with the new addition! Have a fabulous week!

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Release Day Approaches!

Wild Child Publishing will release Star Stepping on Tuesday, June 3rd. Hooray!! The wait is about to be over!

In celebration of this new science fiction / fantasy anthology, I’m posting interviews with my fellow authors each day leading up to the release date. Please join me at my Flights of Fantasy blog and get to know these talented writers!

I’m proud to say that my stories start and finish the anthology…with a third in the middle for good measure:

Beneath and Beyond explores first contact:
Archaeologist Erin Carstedter is a no-nonsense kind of gal. If something can’t be defined by scientific method, it doesn’t exist. Erin’s beliefs are about to be tested by a ruin beneath the polar ice cap. What Erin discovers in those icy depths will challenge her thinking…and change the world.

Wakinyan’s Valley is a ‘right-around-the-corner’ tale:
In a post-apocalyptic world, Mark Whitehorse and his friends search for a safe haven where they can raise their families. When they stumble across a hidden valley, they believe their search is over. But the valley is already inhabited. Will the band of survivors find refuge…or something else entirely?

And The Tie That Binds takes us inside the unique relationship of identical twins:
Twin brothers Cameron and Kyle McClellan have always shared a psychic bond. Though the adult men lead very different lives, when career military officer Kyle is wounded in Iraq, Cameron’s ability to decipher their special link may mean the difference between his brother’s life and death.

Hooray for new releases! A major goal in the writing life…

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Hmm…

I’m getting to the point where I don’t know which end is up.  I was supposed to post on Weds. but I forgot.  Maybe this blog will explain why.

I’ve been trying to think of a good subject today & I still have no idea what it is.  LOL!  I guess I figure it’ll come to me when I’m ready.  My life has taken some very annoying turns lately.  Back in November I was diagnosed with a flare up of tendonitis in my right hand.  It won’t go away & I’m very scared that I might end up losing my job.  Stress like this is not something I recommend to anyone.

Since I’m not able to type like I’d like to, I’ve been reading and watching a lot of movies.  On the movie front I’m not doing so well, but the books have been pretty good so far.  I just finished reading Chosen by PC & Kristin Cast.  Talk about a great book.  It might be geared to young adults, but as a 31 year old woman I enjoyed it greatly.  🙂  I’ve also been doing a lot of research for story ideas.  If I can’t write, I might as well do something productive…right? 

I have so many story ideas flowing through my head, but since I can’t type, it’s making it difficult to keep track of those ideas.  What do I do?  It’s so frustrating being unable to do something.  I just want to write!  I wish I could just write for a living & tell my job to go bite itself, but I can’t.  I have to make a living.

I’m sorry, I know this entry is rambling & probably doesn’t make a lot of sense.  I’m just trying to get my mind wrapped around the idea that I might never be able to write again.  *sigh*  It’s a horrible thought to contemplate, but it’s certainly a reality for me.  Scary, isn’t it?

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Overwait

So we live in an immediate gratification world but writers so don’t live the same way. Waiting until we’ve torn almost all of our hair out is an every MS occurrence. But I’ve determined that even though I keep waiting and waiting (immediate is absolutely out of the question by this point and I’m starting to abandon the idea of prolonged too) some day gratification will be mine. Oh, yes. It will be mine.

So I’ve had this requested full at a huge NY house for going on ten months now. I haven’t heard a peep. I don’t worry too much because I know they’re big and busy. But now I’m starting to get itchy. I’m starting to long for the same kind of acknowledgment that I threw tantrums for as a kid. I want to have a yes or no and move on with my life.

When this editor made this particular request she didn’t have any cards so she just rattled off her email and I wrote it on a piece of paper, which I lost probably before I left the building. The website of this publisher has no number and says, “If you haven’t heard from us in six months it ain’t happening. Don’t call us, we’ll call you. And to prevent you from calling us, you aren’t even allowed to have a number.”

So I needed to figure out some way to try and get a question about whether they even have my MS to this particular editor. So Friday I got desperate and started emailing people with this woman’s name. I couldn’t remember her exact email address but I recalled it was thiswoman’sname@someplace. So I started sending emails to all the possible addresses asking for some attention like that dorky guy in the IT department.

I haven’t heard anything yet but I’m hoping that at least one of them reached the appropriate target because I know the rest are going to go astray and dozens of women with this editor’s fairly common name are going to be opening their emails and going, “WTH?”

Here’s hoping for some gratification.

AJ

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