I’m back . . . and I have absolutely nothing to report. No alien baby, no ginormous lottery win. Sigh – such a letdown, I know. Err, at least regarding the lottery.
At the end of April I went to a local writers conference. I’m an extrovert by nature, but it was definitely somewhat nerve-racking to pitch to the literally agents in attendance and to network with established writers who just (seemingly effortlessly) ooze confidence and mastery of their craft. But, it was a great opportunity and it also prompted me to polish up my query letter and to start sending it out to prospective agents.
And, now I wait. But, since I’m no better than anybody else at waiting patiently and calmly for news, I decided I could fill up the empty hours with another activity I absolutely dread: online dating.
In theory this was perfect for a few reasons: 1) Nothing distracts like the excitement of new love, and 2) Nothing sucks more than finally finding a person you might actually be interested in only to have them say, “nope.” You see, this way I’d be getting all of the rejections (both writing and romantic) out of the way at once.
Except now I realize that this isn’t going to be about rejection. Or, well, at least not right away. There is no rushing either process, you see, and I’ll have no choice, but to patiently wade through both while keeping those little whispers of self-doubt at bay. And, because of that I’m wondering if it was a good idea to put myself out there twofold like this.
But, then I had a plan! Why not add yet another distraction to the mix, I ask you? And yep, because that’s not the most stressful thing I could do, I decided to take two and a half weeks off of work at the end of this month to write my second book. I only need to write about 5,000 words a day to get a complete first draft done, so yeah, that sounds both lofty and maybe feasible (although I’m pretty sure I’ll have nothing, but nubs left for fingers when I’m done). I do have an extensive outline going currently, if nothing else, because I am determined to bring my “plotser” A-game this time around.
In any case, I’m pretty sure this is insane, but at the same time, I can’t help, but to be so excited to take another step in my writing journey. And, on the chance someone is interested in my first manuscript, I’ll have made great strides towards writing a sequel, you know, just in case I need it!