New Year, New Me! (Kind of?)

I’ve always felt like September is more of a new year to me than January.

I don’t know if it’s the beginning of fall, the school year, the fiscal year at work, or when I started the Ottawa Writer’s Circle. It might be that my birthday is the end of August, so September always seems like the beginning of things again.

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I started school again in September. (I’m doing my B.Ed. in Adult Education at Brock, for those that are just joining us.) It’s been an adjustment to say the least, but I’m enjoying it. I’m officially half-way through my first semester, and so far, so good!

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However, to fit all the school in, there are things that have had to take a back seat.

Like writing.

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I’m still doing it! Kind of! I’m working on two main projects: THE NEW ROMANTICS (still!) and my Shiny New Idea™, JAMIE ALL OVER.

I’m revising THE NEW ROMANTICS right now based on new agent/new CP/PitchWars feedback. (As you may have surmised, I did not get into PitchWars, but for a really really good reason.) It’s had two really big overhauls since I last talked about it. I’m almost done Overhaul #2 and am hoping to have it back in the querying trenches this month. (I am woefully and hopelessly behind on my ten queries per month goal.)

I’m also drafting JAMIE ALL OVER, a YA contemporary about family, grief, and the misguided things we do for the people we love. I love this book. Jamie is so much fun to write about. I’m putting him through some terrible things, but he’s taking it like a champ. I wish I could work on it more.

My friend and I have decided to try out a thing we invented called #NaNoWriQua — finishing the first draft of our respective books in the last quarter of the year. I will definitely not “win” NaNoWriQua, but I’m cheering her on.

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All that to say, I revamped my website! New year, new me, right?

Anyway, enough blogging (a.k.a. procrastination).

Keep on keeping on, friends.

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On Nerves and Being Ready

It’s been about three months since I’ve posted anything on this blog. To be honest, I’ve been having mixed feelings about having a blog. I feel very nervous, exposed, and frankly silly. It’s scary to have people read it. And lately, I’ve been a bit of a mess.

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However! I am just returning to life after two weeks of vacation. It was fantastic. Really relaxing, refreshing, and just helped me get my head back on straight. During it, I didn’t do much writing or editing, but I’ve let myself off the hook for that. I needed the time and it worked wonders.

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In book news, I’m getting to quite an exciting time. In about six weeks, I’m planning on being ready to start querying THE NEW ROMANTICS to agents. I also have the opportunity to send it to an editor before the end of October, hence the timeline. I have some changes I have to make in the next week or two, then it’s polish, polish, polish. I have a great beta reader helping me out, plus a buddy helping me get my query letter up to snuff.

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I’ve been posting snippets from my book on Twitter, too. Here’s my favourite line I wrote recently, during revisions:

Still, I’m nervous. I’m not convinced I’m ready. I’m not sure I’ll ever actually be ready. I know rejections are going to come – everyone gets them – but it’s still putting this thing that I made out into the world and asking people to like it. Scary!

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But, as everyone worth anything has said some variation of, if you wait until you’re ready, you’ll be waiting the rest of your life. (Daniel Handler and Hugh Laurie come to mind.)

I took this blog down for a while because I was nervous what agents will think if they come looking for me. I’m worried about what my Twitter looks like, too. I’m generally anxious about everything to do with querying and being online and being a writer. But, a conversation with a great writing buddy of mine who recently started her own blog (Hi, Joy!) encouraged me to put it up again.

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So here I am. I’m practicing putting things out into the world and asking you to like them. I’m not ready. It’s hard. But I’m trying.

Thanks for reading. ❤

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