About last week – I’d just like to say “meh” and “good riddance”. That stupid head cold/sinus “thing” got all the way into my eyes, making it nearly impossible for me to actually get any writing done at night (since I don’t have voice software, vision is important to writing). I think I went through a good three-quarters of a tube of eye gel in the last five days. But I’m feeling remarkably better, and ready to attack my writing again. Good grief – it’s nearly April! And I want to have HPC out the door sometime in June, which leaves me only two months to get my revisions done.
As you may have noticed, I tend to get really “gung-ho” when I decide to pursue something. It takes me awhile to relax into it, and realize that I don’t have to do it all “right now”. I’ve been going through the same “cycle” with my goal to get published, and I’ve finally reached that spot where I realize that there’s absolutely no hurry to get another draft done. I have another complete draft finished and waiting to be revised after HPC, and I can only query one book at a time. HPC could be out on the query circuit for up to a year (I’d probably pull it after a year and try a different ms), and then Desert Heat will be up next. Basically, I don’t “need” HOT for awhile in terms of getting published.
So for the next couple of months, I’m going to focus all of my nightly writing time on getting the HPC revisions done. HOT will be the project I pull out on a lazy Sunday, or maybe work on in the evenings if I’m caught up with blogging, but it will be a secondary thing. I’m anxious to start querying and since I already have Desert Heat drafted, I feel like I can relax a little on drafting until HPC is done and out. As far as progressing as a writer, I feel like I’ve been making a ton of progress lately. I’d like to get that feeling as far as progressing towards publication goes as well.
The blogging deadline is going well – really well, actually, so I’m keeping it. And I’ve actually been using digital journaling software this past week – I like it! I find it much easier to make time for it when it’s on my computer screen, rather than paper – and it doesn’t feel so conspicuous either.
– As much revising/rewriting as I can get done on HPC in 90 minutes (6x week)
– Chapter 13 of Indelibly Inked
– Join QueryTracker.net, start researching agents
– Start guest post
– Work on questionairre for blog interview
(more on the last two later!)
– Pot up starts in the greenhouse
– 3 workouts for the week (really!)
– A few journal entries
That’s what I’m up to this week. What’s on your plate? Read any good books lately?