Thursday, 30 August 2007
No rejections so far this week which is good. However there have been no acceptances either which is not good.
Tuesday, 28 August 2007
Who are you?
What brought you here?
Have you been here before?
When I started to write this blog I wasn't sure that anyone would ever read it. But that didn't matter because I enjoyed writing here and so I continued.
Whatever your reasons for being here, thank you for calling and if you want to tell me a bit about yourself please do.
OK I'm off to check out a couple of the blogs I like to keep up to date with.
I've also spent an hour or so looking into setting up a website. With my limited success I know that I might not neccassarily have a lot to put on there but I remember an editor once telling me that I should be ready for when my big break comes. Maybe she has a point.
Monday, 27 August 2007
Sunday, 26 August 2007
Anyway, back to the lesson I have learned.
Life is something that we hang onto by the most delicate of threads. Life as we know it can be changed without warning in a heartbeat. Life itself can be over in the blinking of an eye. We take for granted that tomorrow will always come and that it will be just as good as today.
With that in mind, if there is something that you want to do you should do it. Don't procrastinate and make excuses. Life is too short for that. Don't talk about doing it - DO IT.
Life sucks a bit at the minute.
Wednesday, 22 August 2007
Tuesday, 21 August 2007
I had a phone call this afternoon (when I was in the supermarket of all places) that threw my day out of kilter. I couldn't think straight and I could barely function. I went back to work and sat at my desk and just looked at the computer screen. I sent an email to a friend ( I couldn't ring her because I had no idea what time it was in her time zone) then I stared at the screen somemore. Then I said out loud to myself "I've got to write." I picked up the nearest pice of paper to hand and a pen and started with the words. "I've got to write." I was going to reproduce exactly what I wrote here but decided against it because it's too personal and not at all connected to my writing. When I had finished I read what I had written and then read it again. Then I had a cup of tea and did some work. Pouring my thoughts out onto a piece of paper and allowed me to put my thoughts into some sort of order and re-focus. It was the most effective thing I did all day.
Sunday, 19 August 2007
This is the second erotic story that I have had published by Xcite - I had a story in "Sex and Seduction." Maybe I've found my genre.
Just when I was feeling miserable about my lack of success this happens and brings a smile to my face and makes me believe that anything is possible.
Get the idea I had on to paper.
I came across a funny short that I'd written in one of my notebooks. I'm going to type it up and play with it a bit to find the right market.
I should mention that D Day could be this week so all of the above may go out of the window.
I also cut and polished a short story that I remembered I'd written a couple of years ago.
I had an idea for a story for My Weekly.
I had two rejections last week (boo!!!) but still have 18 pieces of work out there.
Saturday, 18 August 2007
I read on other blogs the success that others are having with their writing, stories that are being accepted, work thats being commissioned etc and I have to say I've been feeling a bit down by my lack of success recently. but then I remember that I still have lots of things (18) out there that I haven't heard about and if all of them are accepted, it will be my best year ever. This is something that I want to happen for me so I have to keep my chin up and keep plugging away.
Success will come knocking at my door eventually I'm sure.
Anyway, must press on - ideas waiting to go onto paper.
Wednesday, 15 August 2007
I chased up a few stories yesterday but only with editors that said to give them a nudge if I hadn't heard from them in a certain amount of time. It didn't illicit a response from any of them yet but hopefully it will do soon.
Tuesday, 14 August 2007
The other day when I was just floating around the computer doing nothing at all I came across it again and set myself the challange of knocking it down to size. I've had a lot of time to fill in the last few days and this was how I filled them.
My story which last week was 1470 words long is now 732. The fripparies have all been deleted and all that is left is the premise so maybe after a polish I'll send it out again.
Of course I've still got the original just in case the literary world does turn itself on it's head in my lifetime.
What a bummer.
One was the letter that I sent to Bella just 4 days ago so I'm not too disappointed about that but the other one is a story that was/is written around Halloween/Guy Fawkes which I submitted to a magazine three months ago hoping to get in early. But now that has been rejected it might be too late to get it out to another one. The editor actaully said that it was a "nice quirky story" but just not what they were looking for at the moment. A small consolation but one at least.
I'm going to take the bull by the horns and chase up a story that has been with an Australian magazine for over three months. As I have discovered only to well in recent weeks you might not like what you haer but it's better to know what you are dealing with. If I'm dealing with another rejection I'd rather know than hang around in hope. They have said to chase up submissions after 12 weeks so I guess it will be alright. Actually I know that it will because the story of mine that they published had to be chased up three times.
Sunday, 12 August 2007
Saturday, 11 August 2007
Anyway, back to writing. As I said on Thursday I am now more determined than ever to achieve success as a writer sooner rather than later so I will try and concentrate on getting something down on paper and submitting it. It won't be my priority but I won't forget about it all together.
Having said that I want success as a writer, I'd give up that aspiration forever it it would change anything. A bit like a kid saying they'll never ask for anything else EVER as long as they get what they want for Christmas.
Thursday, 9 August 2007
The flip side is that I am now more determined than ever for success to happen for me sooner rather than later so I guess I should try and make writing my priority.
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
Having said all that though I did work on NMBK and a filler that I'm preparing this morning after the first walk and before the first sit on the bench.
Talking of the filler. I've never actually submitted a filler before so I just hope that I'm going to do it right.
Tuesday, 7 August 2007
I was in the hairdressers and I was sitting waiting for the colour to work it's magic I was flicking through magazines not really reading about people I've never heard of who are famous for God knows what reason. The radio was on and the presenter said something and it was like a light bulb going on over me head and I thought "Yes, that would work."
I'll let you know if anything comes of it - or rather when something comes of it.
Monday, 6 August 2007
About a year ago I was looking an authors website and decided to email them saying something along the lines of how much I admired their work and how I aspired to be where they are one day. I was so surprised when this person emailed me back offering advice and support.
Since I have had more success with my writing I have had more contact with established writers and I have been amazed by their willingness to help me in my efforts to succeed with my writing.
Just today I asked a writer about targeting overseas magazines and they have given me some leads and lots of food for thought.
This blog was started on the advice of another writer.
A book I have written is being considered by an agent because an author that they represent put in a good word for me.
Another author keeps my spirits up by telling me that they did it and so can I.
I can't thank these people enough for taking the time to connect with someone they don't know personally but who is where they once were.
Sunday, 5 August 2007
- edit the other story that has my new character in it.
- work daily on NMBK
- target at least one overseas market
- edit an old story eith a view to resubmitting
I'm going easy on myself this week as He and I are off work this week too. If I were on holiday by myself I would probably write most of the time (the dust will still be there tomorrow) but I don't like to do that when He is here even though he is very understanding.
Last week Himself and I were both on holiday so we spent a lot of time just hanging out together and walking the dog (don't know who is more tired her or us - okay it's us.) However I did manage to..
- work every day on NMBK
- changed to name/setting in an old story to create a new chasracter.
- submitted a short story to a competition.
The only other thing that I wanted to do that I didn't was find a new market for an old story so for last weeks efforts I give myself a 7/10 (I'm making an allowance for the fact that I am on holiday.)
Saturday, 4 August 2007
In the global village that we live in the world is my lobster ( I would say oyster but I'd rather pull all of my toenails out than go anywhere near one.)
Friday, 3 August 2007
Thursday, 2 August 2007
I remember reading once in a book produced by the Writers Bureau that if you hadn't heard from an editor in 6 weeks it was a good sign. It meant that your piece had made it past the initial read and rejection stage. Unfortunately I don't think that the same holds true today. It seems that a wait of three months or more is the norm - at least for those of us that haven't built up an individual one to one relationship with an editor yet.
It is weeks since I heard anything - good or bad - about aomething that I submitted. Espresso fiction said to give them a nudge if I hadn't heard from them in six weeks. Well it's two weeks since I gave them that nudge and I still haven't heard from them.
I look at my list of when I sent what to where and try to work out if there's a pattern to the acceptance/rejections that I've received in the past but so far I haven't come up with one. There's an Australian magazine that I submit to and in the past they have taken between 2 and 6 weeks to reject a story. I've had one with them for 10 weeks now but I'm trying not to get too excited as this could just be a new rejection record. It took them the best part of 7 months to accept the last story that they took from me so I might still have a bit to wait. They pay well so it will be worth it in the end.
I think that it's the not knowing that bugs me. Obviously I want an editor to want what I have sent them but if they are going to reject it I'd rather know so that I can look at it again and resubmit. By that same token I want an editor to give my work due consideration. My mother (should that be a capital M) would say that I want to have my cake and eat it. She wouldn't be wrong.
I understand why I have to wait but I don't have to like it.
Wednesday, 1 August 2007
a) I love the story
b) I'm off work for a few days so I have the time
c) I will never tire of seeing Colin Firth in a wet shirt.
I watched the first 3 episodes last night and will watch the rest this evening (still got Colin to look forward to.)
Wonder if the BBC will make a 6 part adaptation of one of my books.
Today I decided to clear my desk of anything that shouldn't be in there. Amongst the things that I threw out were three first draft copies of short stories that have already been types and in two cases submitted to magazines, two out of date competiion entry forms and the 2005 edition of The Writers and Artists Yearbook.
I think that it's time I developed a better filing system.