Sunday, 28 September 2008

Decisions decisions

I usually get a couple of hours to myself on Sunday mornings to do whatever I like with them. Yay. The plan for this morning is to go over the sample chapters of BTL that I sent to the agent recently and work out how to make G (as I will enigmatically call my secondary character) more interesting. Or at least that was the plan. However when I was walking the dog I remembered, as I think that I have pointed out before that I love G. I don't want to change anything about him. He is exactly what I wanted to create. So now I don't know what to do. Part of me is saying that I have to write what the public wants but how do I know that the public won't like G the way he is now and all I have to do is find an agent who feels the same way I do. I should also point out that having re read her reply what the agent actually said was that his type of charater had been done before. But haven't they all??
Oh I don't know.
maybe I'll make a cup of tea and read a book instead.

Friday, 26 September 2008


This is something that I have meant to do before but didn't get round to. Sorry about that. I just want to say a big thank you to the people who have chosen to follow my blog. I am deeply honoured that anyone is interested in what I have to say. Cheers

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Not what I wanted

The agent that I sent my book to promises to get back to you within two weeks unless your submission coincides with a book fair or similar. Well I guess mine didn't because it came back today.
The response wasn't the one that I had been hoping for but she did say some good things about it. She said "You can obviously write well" (direct quote) and liked my main character. However she wasn't enamoured with the secondary character. She didn't say anything bad about him but she said that she didn't know if the public would be that interested in him. Sadly without him there is no story so he has to stay.
All the agents that I have sent it to have all said good things about my writing but none of them want to take the story on. The melodramatic part of me thinks of saying "maybe I should take the hint" and then wait for all you lovely people to say nice things to me to massage my bruised ego. And while I don't want to stop anyone from doing that if they want to I'm not ready to give up on it yet and I will be sending it again.

Sunday, 21 September 2008

Remember the magazine that had had one of my stories since December and when I quried it I received a very curt rejection by return even though they'd had it for months? Well I finally plucked up the courage this week to query them about the other two stories of mine that they have had since January. I figure that it's best to now one way or he other. At least if they are rejected I can send them out elsewhere.
It's hard to write at the moment. In two weeks time Himself and I are taking the special trip that we should have taken last year but had to cancel because of the dark cloud business and I've already got my holiday head on.
I am going to be unbearable for the next two weeks - especially at work but I know that they'll make allowances for me. They always do.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

Out of bed and off to school.

Regular visitors will be familiar with the quandry that I often find myself in i.e. which particular one of my writing projects I should be working on.
I think I told you recently that I had put my second attempt at a novel in a drawer and had started working on novel number three which I am happy to report had started to take shape. Then one day last week I remembered novel number one which was also languishing in a drawer. BTL (novel number one) has been out to two agents and one publisher and all of them had good things to say about it . I realise it couldn't have been that good as non of them wanted to take it/me on but I grasp comfort wherever I can. Anyway, to get back to the point, I remembered BTL and the good things that had been said about it and I realised that without meaning to I had given up on it. It was like I had tucked it up in bed and forgotten to get it up in the morning. So even though she might be late for school I got her out of bed and sent her on her way.
I have sent a synopsis and some sample chapters out to an agent that was recommended to me so I'll be keeping my fingers crossed.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Time for a change?

While the kettle was boiling I decided to Google my name - my real name that is not Gonna B. Anyway, I have discovered that I had a beautiful wedding (although I don't recognise my husband or the Maid of Honor who apparently gave a terrific speech) which can be seen on Facebook. There is another me with a page on Bebo and I also write poetry which I do occasionally but not the poems that I came across on the internet.
Maybe I should change my name, it's clearly far too common.