Writing

I’m Desperate for Something to Post

September 19, 2010

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!

~DJ

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6 Comments

  • Reply Kelsey September 19, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Congrats on submitting your manuscript!!! I will keep my fingers crossed for you!! Glad that you are focusing on your schoolwork..that should always come first (even though I am one who should talk…I always had a book stuck in my textbook) Good luck to you!

  • Reply Blueicegal ♥ September 19, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    good luck DJ i personally can’t wait to read your work, im sue you did great i’m rooting for you!! and i’m excited for the song and don’t worry focus on work where always here 🙂

  • Reply Mariam Maarouf September 19, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I know how annoying school work can be x(
    But, this is totally weird: I’m living the same circumstances! OMG
    Although my book is set to be published in Jan ’11, God willing, but I sent the manuscript today to another foreign publisher (for translation) and I’m really, really, really, really, really (okay, stopping) NERVOUS! I know how you feel!
    Correct me if I’m wrong, but you feel nervous, you check your email (if you sent it by email) every 5-10 minutes, you can’t help but imagine different scenarios of might happen in the best and worst cases.
    And you’re WAY too excited for yet another “review” < sort of > of your manuscript!
    Gosh!
    It’s so overwhelmingly overwhelming! ! !

    GOOD LUCK!! Do tell us when you get a reply. I really hope you get a +ve one.

  • Reply Amanda (Novelty Blog) September 20, 2010 at 2:03 am

    I’m so excited for you and your manuscript, DJ. My fingers are crossed! I hope you post your Delirium song when it’s done, and a book-inspired CD is a fantastic giveaway idea.

    Bet that crit partner of yours really loved your work. Best wishes for success! 😀

  • Reply Lani Woodland September 23, 2010 at 11:27 pm

    Congrats on the song. 🙂 I think having a give away of it would be cool. Oh and good luck with the submitting process. The waiting is the worst! I’m sending positive vibes your way.

  • Reply Kelley Vitollo September 24, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Congrats on submitting! That’s great. My fingers are crossed for you and that’s great that you’re so close to finishing the first draft on your next one. You write fast!

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