|Peace: Something I'm trying to find right now.|
As I've already mentioned, I'm deep in the query trenches right now. It's exciting, but it's also kind of a blow to the self-esteem at times too. I'm trying to adopt the I'm-one-step-closer-to-finding-the-one mentality, but when rejections start rolling in, it's certainly tough. My friend Sara Biren created that little Rejectionista badge to the right for those of us who've had our stories rejected but are still plugging away at writing, querying, whatever. I have to say, while rejections suck, they definitely make you feel legit as a writer trying to get published. It's par for the course, a necessary hurdle that all writers have to jump on their way to publication. (Or at least that's what I keep telling myself, anyway.)
While I'm waiting for responses to my queries, I've been spending a good deal of time reading. I always read a lot, but lately I've felt like I wasn't reading as much as I'd like to. November had some great reads (The Book Thief, Between Shades of Gray, and Ruby Red) and December is shaping up well too (Sapphire Blue and Meant to Be). Was a little less then wowed by Days of Blood & Starlight which is a bit of a bummer. As usual, Laini Taylor's writing amazes me, but the story this time around kind of didn't. While I was reading, I kept thinking, "Needs more
So my NaNo grand total was just over 20K words. Meh. Not a staggering number of words, but it moved my already-in-progress story much closer to the end, so that's good. I haven't been spending much time writing lately (I've been reading), but I hope to return soon. I am considering taking part in Pitch Wars, though. I wasn't going to, but after looking into it further I think it might be worth a shot. As my CP, Elodie, said yesterday: "We've got nothing to lose and everything to gain." Very true. I have a finished MS and a query, I've picked out who I'd like to work with, now I just need to apply.
December Photo A Day: I've been aware of this for some time (Katy Upperman is a fan), and I've always wanted to take part. December's list of photo ideas seemed kind of fun, so I decided to join in. Yesterday's topic was PEACE (see above).
How about you? What have you been up to lately?