Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Spending My Time Off...

I've really been enjoying my no-work policy for the last few weeks. Its given me a chance to catch up on my reading, watching some DVDs, and the other day I even bought one of those word puzzle books from the Newsagents, just for the heck of it. FYI, I suck at word puzzles. You would think as an author with a better-than-average grasp on the English language, I might actually have a knack for crosswords and jumble word puzzles, but more often than not I have to go find my husband to help me, who secretly is really good at those sorts of things and doesn't even realize it.
The other fun thing I've been doing is discovering new TV shows. I've just started watching Warehouse 13 (I know, I'm SOOO behind the times, but believe me when I tell you the TV stations here in Australia are suck-tastic) and I've found a new instant favorite. I've only watched four episodes but I'm hooked. The rapport between Pete and Myka is fantastic. The chemistry between them was instantaneous and already there's been some laugh-out-loud moments. Its got all the elements I love to see in a TV show, serious moments, funny moments, great characters, an intriguing plot and lots more.  I'm really looking forward to where they go and hope this show has a long life of at least six or more seasons.
But back to my work. The self imposed ban on work until after New Year didn't last. Yesterday I wrote the opening sentence to a new book I've been thinking about and today I'm doing a read-through of The Last Shadow before I submit it to a particular editor at a certain publishing house who put out a call late last week. I think The Last Shadow might be along the lines of what she's looking for, so fingers crossed on that.
So I'm going to go back to my reading and later will be watching some more of Warehouse 13. Hope you're all having a merry December and get some time off to be with family and friends over Christmas.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Shelving That Manuscript

I've tried a lot of different "strategies" over the years, trying to get published. I used to flit from one manuscript to another. If I couldn't get enough interest from agents, I'd decide to start on something new. One day I wondered if that was really working for me, maybe instead of chopping and changing, I needed to pick one manuscript and stick with it for a long haul, maybe that would be the key to seeing it published.
Atrophy was that manuscript. It's been almost 3 years since I first sat down to write it. I still feel something for Atrophy I've never felt for any of my other books, but that passion and dedication wasn't enough to see it in print. I got another rejection for Atrophy today, and while I could probably continue sending it out to the few smaller presses I haven't tried yet, or even my own publisher, Noble, I've decided instead that this has to be it.
I'm officially going to shelve Atrophy. No more submitting, no more adjusting, no more reading it over and over, trying to work out what's wrong with it that no publisher or agent wants to take it.
This is not the end, however. I'll move onto other projects, but one day I'm going to go back to it. Whether that's five, ten, or fifteen years from now, who knows?
For now, it's probably a good time to be switching gears. I'm taking a break and the New Year is upon us. I've already written up a plan of where and how I'm going to focus my energies. I feel like I've been a bit all over the place the past few months, not really sure of what I want to work on, so I was working on a bit of everything at once, which I don't think is a really successful way of getting anything done.
So 2012 will see new projects, new focus and new goals. And all I can do is see where this new map of the road takes me. 

Thursday, December 8, 2011

December Neglect

If you've been around long enough, you may have notice that I severely neglect my blog at this time of year. Same goes for my work.
Its obvious why. Getting near Christmas, there's a lot of external stuff going on that keeps me away from the computer. I'm going into holiday mode because a lot of my family take time off over the Christmas/New Year break, so there's lots of parties and catching up to do. Most years I spend a lot of time thinking "I really should be writing this, or editing that." But today I decided something. I'm making my job an eleven-months-of-the-year thing. December is going to be like Sundays, a time when no work is done. Oh, you know me, I'm sure I'll do bits and pieces here and there when inspiration strikes. But I've worked my butt off in the last fifteen months, getting out five books after Sanctuary was released last September, not to mention the manuscripts I've worked on for the purpose of submitting to agents or other publishing houses.
So I'm officially going on holidays... except not leaving home. Don't be surprised if there's no new blog activity until January, though obviously if something interesting happens in terms of the submissions I have out, it'll be on here first.
So merry Christmas and safe New Year to everyone. I'm off to relax and put a dent in my to-be-read pile.