On my mind right now, that thing never to talk about in mixed company, or any company, ever: Money. Just came back from shocking someone into a stupor with the realities of our situation. I think she felt very sorry for us. Or thought we were very stupid. Or both. Hey, artists: If you're seeking … Continue reading That Thing I Shouldn’t Talk About
Sleep late Answer two dozen old emails Put away papers scattered all over the living room since late April Recycle old manuscripts Shred old rejection letters Watch Hollywood movie Attempt to find clothes to wear Give up Listen to blip.fm playlist on repeat Organize finances Freak out Walk to Chinatown Eat far too much vegetarian … Continue reading All the Things You Can Do When Not Writing
I've been pushing myself for the past three weeks. May 1 was the day I picked my agent; three weeks later, May 22, was the day I turned in new chapters and revisions to the awesome agent after an hour of nerves over hitting Send. May 1, I had 25 pages; May 22, I had … Continue reading And Then… Sleep (+ Bonus Back Cover!)
The one that's consumed me all month? The one whose pages I covered in red pen this morning, slashing lines and scribbling details and hammering new paragraphs onto the backs of the paper then crossing them out? It's going well, thank you. No, seriously. I got the 50 pages I needed to have a decent-sized … Continue reading So This Novel I’m Writing?
I got to page 50, fyi. Reached it, looked around, spent a few paragraphs there, then looked ahead in hopes of finding page 51. You see, the chapter's not done yet, so I can't just stop mid-sentence on page 50 and curl up under the desk to take a nap. Still working! Every time I … Continue reading What 50 Pages Look Like
Still here, working hard. The goal is to have 50 pages at least to show M (MY AGENT OMG!) as soon as is humanly possible. He's not giving me any pressure at all; I'm the one giving myself all the pressure. I like pressure when there's a point to it. I thrive under pressure; you … Continue reading The First 25
So, guys? A week has passed and I've gone from complete shock to lesser shock to stunned silence to insane delirium to shock again to relief to happiness to wanting to sleep for days to writing up a storm of pages to— Just sitting here. Really, really excited.
I think this actually happened. If not, please please don't pinch me because I want to stay in it for a while longer. Up early on a Thursday morning to work on the novel before heading to the dayjob. My agent (Oh! did you see me type the words "my agent"?!) has me working hard … Continue reading Am I Dreaming?
I have news. From the title of this post you can surely guess what it is. But first let's set the scene with some backstory. I don't know about you, but this writer started off with a little misdirection. MFA program straight out of college before being ready, five years spent writing a novel that … Continue reading This Is the Day You Get a Literary Agent