Friday, February 13, 2015

Consolidation

To give myself one less thing to maintain, I'm switching to using the blogging tool that comes with my website. It doesn't have near the bells and whistles, but let's face it. I'm not the most consistent blogger to begin with.

As an inducement to go check out the new (and hopefully final) move, I'm revealing my cover over there today.

Go check it out!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Life Lessons from Rejection

Looking through the old archives of my blog, I came across this little gem originally post in January of 2012.


From Striatic via Flickr
So I just received my first rejection on what I consider to be the pretty much polished, finished version of my first book. No, I am not going to be someone who posts all my rejections and fusses and complains and all that stuff because I think that's pretty tasteless. I'm not even going to say who this rejection was from or when I received it. I intend to wait a while before actually posting this.

Why? Because the rejection itself is not the point.

The point is that encouragement can be found in the midst of rejection. My interpretation of the letter was basically, "I like your writing, but I didn't like your book." It went on to list a couple of reasons, and they are perfectly valid and possibly true, BUT she liked my writing. And that, my friends, made me thoroughly giddy. Someone who matters in the literary world (as opposed to my mom, my friends, and my husband whose opinions matter immensely only to me) said I had strong writing. I did a little dance.

In writing, and everything else in life, you can't progress without taking any risk. Every rejection is a sign that you took a step forward. That's a good thing, because you can't get any closer to your goal without taking a step.

Would I have been over the moon ecstatic if she'd taken my book? Absolutely! Would it have made this whole writing thing look a little easier than it really is? Probably. Am I disappointed that I still have a lot of work to do in order to overcome that hurdle from unpublished to published? Not really. After all, she liked my writing.


Now there's some really interesting things about this article that made me smile.

1. How much I thought I knew then.
2. How polished I thought the book was. (After many iterations, that book is now A Lady of Esteem, a novella releasing in Fall of 2015.)
3. That I'm now contracted with the publisher this rejection came from. I guess they really did like my writing.

I guess it's true that rejection can be the building block that makes you greater or the stumbling block that makes you fall. Do you have a story of rejection spurring you on to greatness? Leave it in the comments.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

What are you doing? School Projects

School projects. I loved them as a kid. Is it still crazy that I love them as a parent? Blessing1 brings home quite a few school projects now, and we have a lot of fun coming up with new and interesting ways to complete them.

The latest? A shirt celebrating the 100th day of school. It had to have 100 items on it. So we chose puzzle pieces.



I think it turned out pretty cute.

Have you got kids bringing home school projects? What was your favorite project from you school days?

Monday, February 2, 2015

Where are my writing elves?

Yeah... this is where I am right now.




(Comic is linked from InkyGirl.com. See her original post and more of her hilarious writers' comics here.)