Friday, June 13, 2014

Great Revisions, Frustrating Life

I just finished revising the first three chapters of Silent Beauty and there were 127 comments from my critique partner! Yeah, it was a bit overwhelming when I first opened it. See?


Yeah, yikes. But they were all so very helpful! My critique partner gave comments about awkward sentence phrasing, things that were repeated (for example; my MC looked up twice in the same paragraph), grammatical blunders, and overall nit-picking which was very beneficial. She sees so many things, that despite how many times I stare at the same page, I don't see.

I'm so very thankful for all of my critique partners and all of their help! The revisions are going well for Silent Beauty. I tested the waters and sent out a query to an agent, but got a quick rejection. No problem though! I'm going to focus on finishing these revisions and possibly starting rewriting an older novel.

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Normal life... has been a bit more stressful than writing. I'm struggling to find a place to live. I have to move out of my current place by July 29th and I can't afford to live in a one bedroom by myself, but I don't have a roommate. I work 2 jobs (one I love, one I don't like) and neither really pay well. It's been... so stressful. I come home from a ten hour day of nannying and try to figure it out, but I usually just end up in tears. I'm a planner, though apparently not when it comes to writing, and not knowing where I'm gonna live in less than two months is freaking me out.


And I'm struggling with finding purpose in my non-writing life. I work two jobs. I'm twenty-five and not married. I get questions about when I'm going to get married or when I'm going to actually date someone. They are hurtful. I already feel like I'm defective. Several of my friends have announced they are having their SECOND child now, and I'm still sitting on the couch eating Oreos and trying to imagine what it would be like to even have a boyfriend again. And I've been binge watching Star Trek. I love it, but it can get a little lonely when you start talking to the television. Which leads to this... awesome, but some people don't understand.


To sum up, revisions are going very well and as to being an adult, it sucks. How's everything going for you?

8 comments:

  1. Nothing bums me out more than hearing people in their twenties talking about not being married. There is NO RUSH. Anyone asking why you're not married should be firmly told to mind their own damn business and not be so rude! About the jobs - that part sucks, and I can fully understand the low pay problems. Hopefully you'll find a new, affordable place to live soon! <3

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    1. Thanks Kyra. I really hope I find a place or I will be living on my parent's couch and I'm getting too old for that. People should learn to mind their own business though. I'm also sick of the comments of "hey, I know someone who is single and alright". I don't want to be set up on blind dates with all your desperate friends.

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    2. I hear ya! I'm sure these people think they're helping, but really, it's just sort of rude. <3

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  2. Being an adult does suck. I don't get paid nearly enough at my job, which is why I've had to pick up an extra day so I'm working 6 days now. It will get better for you, I'm sure. Good luck finding somewhere to live!
    As for the boyfriend thing, like Kyra said, there's no rush. He'll come along when you're least expecting it :)

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    1. Lol, I wish I worked 6 days a week. I normally work 7 days a week between my two jobs. Hopefully it gets better or this adult thing is really not what it is cracked up to be.

      Thanks! I'm patient. I just hope this imaginary guy does exist and meets me as some point.

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  3. Sounds like you need a boost!
    per IWSG - don't give up on your baby - do some different things and give it time... here are a couple of suggestions - offer to send it to a less familiar blog friend writer you admire, let it sit and gel and work on something else for a while, or read something new for inspiration... then you can come back with a fresh perspective and new ideas!
    per this post - i didn't marry until i was 27 1/2 and thought i would never get married (was engaged at 21 and it fell way apart) now i'm an old married lady with three boys, ha! it'll happen when it happens - it's tough, but trying to keep your mind off dating by doing something that makes you happy makes you more attractive! go outside and write, hot stuff!

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  4. ps, finding a roommate was always a fun process, strange, but fun - like a montage in a movie - and that's actually how i met my hub, he applied to be a third roommate in our 3 bedroom house! don't be afraid to enjoy what you have, persevering is the key! you can do it, girl!

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  5. I didn't have everything settled at 25. I wouldn't understand anyone who expected me to be totally put together at that age. I hope things look up for you soon.

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