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Back In The Saddle Again

First and foremost: Thank you. To everyone who commented, emailed, tweeted, called, texted, or did anything else to talk me off the proverbial ledge. You are wonderful, amazing, caring people, and I don’t know what I would do without you.

Thanks to your encouragement, I’m back in the saddle again, folks! Well, maybe not totally, but I’ve definitely got a foot in the stirrup and I’m preparing to launch myself back on top of the publishing horse. That’s a big step forward, considering I’ve been trying to offer that horse my literary sugar cubes for about two years now and he has kicked me in the face every single time.

This metaphor is getting out of hand. Let’s move on.

I’ve revised eight of the forty-odd chapters that comprise my current WIP, Synthesis. That’s, like, a fifth of the book. Right? And that is definitely progress! So I’ve got to focus on what I have done instead of what I haven’t. I’m mildly terrified about the end, though, because it is way too open ended and I’ve got a bad feeling I’m going to end up doing the same thing I did for The Clearing, which was making a 20,000 word cut and rewriting the entire last third of the book.


It’s okay though. It’s okay. Because I want this book to go on submission, and I want it to do well. Heck: I want it to get bought. And that means I’ve got to put all the necessary work into it. No matter what that means.

Oh, as a quick side note: I was a little concerned that several of you used the word “depression” in your comments. Please listen to me: I am *not* depressed. I promise. I’m just very busy with Little Bit (who is 3 1/2 months old now) and the ol’ full time job, and the house, and… you know. A lot of the same stuff y’all are busy with. My situation is not very unique, and I understand that. I’m just a melancholic, so, y’know. Sometimes I get overwhelmed and introspective and turn into Joey Potter for a few days.

If you don’t know who Joey Potter is, I’m not sure we can be friends anymore. Well, okay, we can be friends, but you’ll have to submit yourself to a Dawson’s Creek marathon.

Love y’all. Happy weekend!

(P.S.: I am aware that this post was not very amusing. I promise, I’ll be back to my ridiculous self on Monday.)

8 thoughts on “Back In The Saddle Again

  1. I feel you on the terror that is cutting out the end of a manuscript. I’ve cut about 14k so far from mine and I’m only halfway through. The cuts in the second half are going to be so numerous, it actually makes MORE sense for me to open up a new word document, write what I need to write, and then paste in the scenes I’m keeping. *sigh*

    1. Oh, that is super scary. Good luck… let me know if you need help with anything. I can beta read if needed.

  2. Life is full of roller coaster type moments. You’re at one of the busiest, most emotionally draining times of your life. Also one of the most exhilerating. Enjoy the moments & your family – everything else will fall into place…probably just not the way you expect it too 🙂 Take care.

  3. Can’t wait to read Draft #2 🙂

    And GOOD TO SEE YOU today! Made me happy to see your sweet, smiling face 🙂

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