Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Impatience Again

It's the cycle of writing... Waiting and having patience.  Sometimes I feel like the traditionally publishing route is extremely slow from the writer's point of view.  The agents feel like they are moving quickly because they are multi-tasking like crazy!  Answering queries, rejecting, reading partials and full manuscripts, working with their writers, searching publishers for clients, and probably more than I can imagine!  I went my full manuscript to the agent that wants to represent me on June 13th and I'm just waiting for her to reply about what she thinks of my manuscript.  I'm quite nervous!  It's the first time that an agent that wants to represent me wants to read my manuscript.  *crosses fingers*  I'm just waiting patiently until the time that she gets back to me. :) 

I've read that it can take one, two or three months for an agent to read a full manuscript, depending on how busy they are and how many projects they are working on.  Three months?  That's a long time!  Well, it took her a month to respond to me after reading my book proposal, first three chapters, and presenting it to a board meeting.  I'm guessing it will take a month to two months.  I'll just have to learn to distract myself in the meantime. 

What I should be doing is editing.... I just can't get into it.  I don't want to take apart "To Love Without Hope" and put it back together again.  I don't know, but when it comes to editing... I'd rather not.  I should probably stop procrastinating and do it.  Gaaaaaah.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Stigma of the Novella?

I was bored at work today and doodling, by doodling I mean thinking of new plots and I had a random idea.  It's an idea that's been floating around in my head for a while, but I usually just smack it down and ignore it because I don't plan on making it a full novel.  I want it to be a novella.

Here's the idea;
It's the story of twentysome young woman that falls in love with a married man, even though she knows that it is wrong and it will end a marriage, but he's so charming.  It's about the entrapment of falling for a man that doesn't have the capacity to love her, but she does it anyway.

It's a very rough idea and I don't really have any ideas to go with it.  Though I'd like to write it with a Christian twist somehow.  I am thinking of looking up a name for the young woman.  I did also toss around the idea of writing this story for Camp NaNoWriMo in July.  It might be a little easier for me since I'll be busy next month to only be writing 25,000 words instead of 50,000.  I'm not sure about writing it as a novella.  Some people believe that a novella has a negative stigma attached to it.  It's not really a novel, so it's just a short novel.  But there are some famous novellas, such as Animal Farm or A Christmas CarolNight by Elie Wiesel is considered a novella and it's an amazing book!

A novella is harder to get published, but I believe it can be done.  I'd like to try it anyway.  A novella is described as have less conflicts than a novel, but more complicated ones than a short story.  I think it would be done.

What do you think?  Would you read a novella despite the length? And do you think I should try it? :)

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Not a Baker

In a wonderful mood after church today, I decided to make some cinnamon rolls from the tube that's been sitting in my fridge.  I first called my mom to make sure that you can make cinnamon rolls two days after the date.  She said it was okay.  I'm not so sure.

Yep, those are my cinnamon rolls.  They smell delicious but they look terrible!

Maybe it's the same thing with judging a book by it's cover.  So many times I will look at the cover of a book and not read it based on the short few words on the back.  I'm judging it before I've even "sampled" a little of the writing.  The next time I pick up a book, I'll open it up and read a little before putting it and giving it a no.  If not, I might get stuck with some cinnamon rolls books.  Not as appealing. :)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

An Editing Thank-You

I would like to give a "Thank-you" to Christine Murray, for her help with my editing.  She read my full manuscript, "To Love Without Hope" and gave me a whole bunch of help tips for my story.  My favorite thing that she said was that she had never read a story like mine.  Isn't that what we all dream about?  Don't we all dream that we are writing a story that no one has ever read before?  We want our book to be unique and a story that will touch our readers.  Thank you Christine!  I am going to edit my heart out to make this book as good as I can get it!  You're gave me great encouragement and I am very thankful. 

You should all go check out her blog and read about her writing adventure!

I'm off to have a writing day!! Go to get going on that editing. :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Camp NaNoWriMo

First, let's start with the good news. I went to the doctor today and my blood pressure has dropped, which is great.  I'm now borderline for high blood pressure.  Yay!  He said we don't have to start medication, though I'll probably have to have it later in life.  He'll check it again in six months.  I'm very excited!  I even went on a run tonight, probably a little over a mile - not that impressive, but it was a good start.  It was misting and windy, so not the best conditions.  But I'm happy about it.

Okay, other news... Camp NaNoWriMo starts July 1st.  (Well, that's the expected time when the site will be ready.)  If you don't know what NaNoWriMo is; it stands for National Novel Writing Month.  It usually begins in November, and each participate has from the 1st to 30th to write a 50,000 word novel.  NO EDITING ALLOWED until FINISHED.  I love that rule. :)  Here's the site so you can learn more about it if interested:  Camp NaNoWriMo is new.  You'll have 30 days, starting on the day that you chose, hypothetically.  So you can do NaNoWriMo in the summer instead of during the school year.  I'm very excited for that!! 

But now I have a dilemma.  I made a goal to finish editing "To Love Without Hope" by July 15th, and I want to do Camp NaNoWriMo, but I can't do both at the same time.  I am considering putting off the editing until August, so I can write a new novel.  But I'm not sure.  I think it would be good, giving me a break from editing and a little space from my novel. 

Is it okay to push back the editing for another month?  And is anyone else going to do Camp NaNoWriMo? :)

Monday, June 20, 2011

Tales that Mattered

I was watching "The Two Towers" tonight with my friend, Rachel and it came to the end where Sam gives the amazing speech to Frodo to remind him of the stories that matter.  I just wanted to give these words to you tonight.

Frodo:  I can't do this, Sam.

Sam:  I know.  It's all wrong.  By rights we shouldn't even be here.  But we are.  It's like the great stories, Mr. Frodo.  The ones that really mattered.  Full of darkness and danger, they were.  And sometimes you didn't want to know the end.  Because how could the end be happy?  How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened?  But in the end, it's only a passing thing, this shadow.  Even darkness will pass.  A new day will come.  And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.  Those were the stories that stayed with you.  That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why.  But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand.  I know now.  Folk in those stories had lots of chances to turn back, only they didn't.  They kept going.  Because they were holding on to something. 

Frodo:  What are we holding onto, Sam?

Sam:  That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for.

Incredible words, J.R.R Tolkien.  One of the greatest authors to ever grace us with his words of wisdom and courage.  He told us the story that mattered.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

A beautiful moment


I hope you all had a nice Father's day!  My family and I went to a Mexican restaurant that my parents like quite a bit.  But... we determined it was our last time there.  My older sister ordered something with chicken and when she tasted it, it was strange.  My dad tested it and decided that it was spoiled chicken that they had cooked.  The restaurant was nice enough to not make us pay for it and gave us free dessert, but we probably won't go there again.  After lunch, we decided to spend the day at the local aquatic center and enjoy the beautiful weather today, a little warm but sunny and perfect for swimming.

Slide Aly went down in the back right
My favorite moment of the day was with my little sister, Alyson.  She's seven years old and adorable.  There's a large slide that goes into the children's cove (a playground with a waterslide, things that spray water, floating animals, and complete with a bucket that dumps a lot of water every few minutes).  Aly did NOT want to go down the slide.  She'd been down before and her head went under the water and she didn't like it.  I finally managed to coax her to go down the slide, promising to catch her at the bottom.  The first time didn't go the best.  Aly's head went under the water when I caught her and she got some water in her mouth.  I slowly got her to try one more time. 

This was the time that was beautiful.  Aly sat down at the top of the slide and wouldn't go until I was standing directly where she was aimed.  I told her that I was going to catch her and put out my arms.  Aly put out her little arms and pushed herself down the slide, smiling as she went.  I had stepped to the side so I wouldn't be plowed over.  Reaching out my arms, I snagged her before her head went under and she just smiled at me, laughing as I picked her up.  I admit that Aly refused to go again after that, but she went twice.

Aly reminded me how important it is to never give up, to try again.  Even if the first time didn't go the way we expected.  She was brave enough and trusted that I was going to catch her.

Whatever happens with my writing, I'll keep trying and I know that God will be waiting at the bottom of the slide with outstretched arms, waiting to catch me and help me up again. :)

In Christ,

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Waiting Game Again

Hi all!

I think I've finally calmed down enough about my agent email. :D  Though I definitely am still smiling about it and thinking about it a lot.  I now have to begin the waiting game again.  I sent my full manuscript to my agent and now I'm just waiting for her to read the whole thing and let me know about any possible editing/revisions that would need to be done before sending to publishers or something.  I'm not exactly sure of the next step.  I'm hoping that I'll get to meet this lady and see her in person sometime. 

I got a rejection email from one of the agents I queried yesterday and it didn't even bother me.  It was just an email and I quickly moved it to the folder, not even feeling a little bit sad about it.  It's a good feeling.

Whatever the next step is with "Down in the Creek", I'll be patient. :)

In Christ,

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Agent Representation


Okay, I am trying to write calmly and not succeeding.  I just received the best email of my life... one of the agents that I queried wants to know if I'm still seeking representation.  She presented my book proposal to her staff meeting and they were impressed.  They want to read the full manuscript and represent me.


I might still be in a little shock.  I ran around my apartment for a while, scaring my cousin and my roommate.  Barely able to talk.  At first, I thought it was a heart attack, but I've calmed down now and I think I'm relaxed enough to make this post, though I'm waiting until morning to reply so I am completely calm and my email doesn't have 100 exclamation marks in it.

Wow.  An agent.

I was getting close to giving up and God didn't let me.  He gave me a gift of an agent.  I feel extremely blessed right now. :)


Saturday, June 11, 2011

My Foe - Editing


Gah!  I am struggling with my nemesis tonight.  I'm trying to do some much needed editing of "To Love Without Hope" and it's just not happening. 

I'm also making a new list of foods, a new goal that I have.  I went to see my doctor on Wednesday for a great pain in my legs and he mentioned that my blood pressure is high.  He checked his records and it's always been a little high.  I have to see him again in two weeks to discuss it and check my legs.  High blood pressure?  I'm 22 years old.  My first thoughts were; "I'm too young for this problem".  Really?  I'm not.  It's time to make a change.  I've been telling myself for years that I would make a chance, but I"m not.  I need to eat fresh fruit and vegetables, eat less food with sodium and eat more healthy foods, drink skim milk instead of 1% and eat dark chocolate instead of milk.  I also need to start exercising more.  I need to stop my bad habits now and give my heart a chance to be healthy. :)  I don't want to take drugs to fix this problem; changing my lifestyle is better for me in the long run. :)

Anyway, back to editing... I think I would rather spend an hour with Justin Bieber, listening to his song "Baby" over and over instead of editing.  To be clear, I don't care for Justin Bieber.  That would be torture.  Editing is like taking your favorite stuffed animal and dressing him in ridiculous clothing while taking out chunks of his fur and still trying to love him.  I really love my stuffed hippo "Chubby" and I wouldn't want that to happen to him.  But my novel is far from perfect and it is missing pieces of the puzzle.  I need to edit.

How do you survive editing?


Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Stormy Night to Dream


Nothing new on the writing front, but I wanted to post something about the storm tonight.

It's pouring tonight in Iowa; flash flood warnings, severe weather alerts, caution high winds, lighting lighting up my room and thunder shaking my cheaply made windows.  I've never really liked storms, growing up as a kid in an old farm house from the early 1900s.  It was creepy.  The wind would always shake the windows and I'd wake up, crying and scared.  The power would go out a lot in our house and I'd be left awake.  In the dark.  I remember the last big storm before I moved out of my parent's house.  The thunder was so loud that it woke me up and the power was out.  I didn't have a flashlight and I admit, I got scared.  I ventured upstairs from the basement and found my dad getting ready for work, making his lunch in the kitchen for another long day of unappreciated factory work.  He told me that he wondered if I was awake and gave me a hug, comforting his daughter.  At that moment, I knew how much he loved me.  When we were buying things for my apartment last August, my dad picked out a flashlight for me, knowing that I would need it in the dark.

Right now, my dad is angry with me.  Justifiably so.  I hurt his feelings by not going to his family reunion.  Yes, I am sorry and I should have gone.  But I feel like he doesn't always treat me like an adult.  It should have been partly my choice to attend or not.  My parents made it an obligation.  I'm not angry with that, but sad that they can't see I'm trying to grow up here and forcing me to do things I don't want to do isn't helping anyone.  I've always been a Daddy's girl, though I don't know if he always noticed.  We went to a Father/Daughter dance earlier this year and my older sister protested some.  She thought she was too old.  And my dad stated that we didn't need to do this kind of thing that often.  We didn't need that time together.  Really?  It hurt my feelings because I loved those dances, getting to dance with my Dad and pretending in that moment that I was his little princess again.  

I love my dad, whether or not he's angry with me.  I've been having trouble with my legs and now my doctor wants me to talk to me about some blood pressure problems and I'm dealing with it alone.  I can't call my Dad and I doubt my mom would want to hear it either.

That's really all I have to say tonight.

Good night,

Saturday, June 4, 2011

My New "Kindle"!

Hi all!

I got my Kindle in the mail this week!  I am more than excited!  I've been putting it off, claiming that I love the feel of a book in my hand and the smell of the printed pages, but I can read this outside in the sunlight without worrying about the wind blowing the pages or pain in my hands from holding the book open if it has a lot of pages.  It also weighs a lot less than a book.  I already have a list of books that I want to read! :)

I've decided that I really need to get going on editing a novel that I finished writing over a year ago, "To Love Without Hope".  I finished writing it in May of 2010, but I haven't spent a lot of time editing it yet.  I submitted it to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest, but I didn't even have it fully edited.  When someone made a comment that it seemed a little rough, it was.  That was my own mistake.  You can click on one of the page tabs above to read about the synopsis of "To Love Without Hope".  It's my goal to have it edited by July 15th, the day that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" comes out in theaters! 

GOAL for July 15th:  Finish editing of    "To Love Without Hope"

If anyone would be interested in reading parts of it to tell me your opinion on the characters or plot, please let me know! :)

Krista M