Since school started, I have had almost no time to sit down and read a book, which results in the lack of activity here on the blog. I’m really sorry about that, but I’m sure many of you can sympathize with me. 🙂 I haven’t even started Personal Demons yet. I REALLY REALLY want to, but all my free time is devoted to homework and writing, which I should be doing right now, haha.
As many of you know, I completed my first “major” manuscript a few months ago. After I took a break from reading, editing, loving, hating, and even thinking about it, I pulled it back out and did another set of revisions before sending it to my critique partner. While they had it and were reading it, I was a nervous wreck. I was certain my manuscript would look like it was bleeding to death from a gazillion red pen marks, but by some miracle, my partner really liked it! I think they might have even used the word “love” somewhere in our discussion too. Fellow writers will know how relieved and giddy I was after hearing their feedback. Once I looked over their suggestions and questions, I made my last round of edits and then I did something spontaneous.
I submitted it.
Yep, that’s right. I submitted my manuscript for consideration to be published. And now I’m impatiently waiting to hear back, which should happen any day now. I’ve never been good at waiting for exciting/important things, so this is just torture! So, while waiting, I’ve been working on a new work in progress, which I started in August and it is almost done. I just crossed the required minimum word count of 40,000 and I’m hoping the first draft will end up being from 44-46,000 words. I know this is short for the industry standards, but I honestly don’t think I’ll ever be able to write anything over that, which sounds kind of pathetic. I’m really excited about this one and hope I can make it as awesome as it is in my mind. Does anyone else have an issue with their execution? I’ll get really cool ideas, but I can’t always execute them well, whether it’s a craft, a song, or a story idea.
Speaking of songs, I have completed the writing process for my song inspired by Lauren Oliver’s upcoming novel, Delirium. I wrote the song before I read the book, but I’ve since done so and my lyrics match up fairly well. I think they do, at least, but we’ll see what Ms. Oliver thinks. 🙂 I haven’t had time to record the song yet, which is fine because there’s one little part of it I’m still working on and I might have access to a studio where I can record a nice clean version. If I am able to “professionally” record, I might see about burning a CD of my book-inspired songs and giving it away in a future contest. What do you think? Good idea or horrible idea?
Well, I think that’s all for now. I hope you’re all having a great September and hopefully I can balance out my life to include more reading/reviewing. Happy reading!