Sunday, September 20, 2015

Just this once, EVERYBODY lives!

I'm trying to get back into blogging and I've been watching lots of "Doctor Who" lately. (I'm only on the 4th season because I'm taking my time and enjoying it, so no spoilers.) I was re-watching "The Doctor Dances" last night and the scene toward the end really spoke to me. The Doctor was watching as the little boy was healed and reunited with his mother. Then the rest of those affected by the Empty Child are restored and the Doctor shouts....

"Just this once, everybody lives!"

For all of the adventures that the Doctor goes on, his constant companion is described as death. Clive Finch in the first episode with the 9th says to Rose: "The Doctor is a legend woven throughout history. When disaster comes he's there. He brings a storm in his wake and he has only one constant companion. Death." In light of that, it's such a fantastic moment that everybody lives! His excitement is contagious and I can't help but smile!

It makes me think about writing. How many people want to be published authors? Just this past week I saw 42.7k tweets and more about #PitMad. Yes, hundreds of those are the same books, being tried just one more time or being tweeted twice an hour.  But there are hundreds, thousands of writers trying to find an agent who will help make their dream into a paperback book with a dazzling cover, waiting to be read. We want someone to thumb through the pages and enjoy our story with laughter or tears. It's our dream.

But how many times does it feel like our constant companion is rejection? We try querying, get a few rejections, revise and query again, only for more rejections to come pouring in.

 It's very difficult at times and we feel like we are never going to make it; to become published authors and have a stranger enjoy our books. But...

We can't give up. I believe that everyone who wants to be an author and really gives it their everything, has a chance of finding an agent and being published. Or finding the right editor, and self-publishing their novel. We can't give up! Hopefully we will all get a change to throw out our arms and say "Everybody lives!"


As a side note to update everyone, I've actually done a little bit of writing last week and a lot of reading! Hopefully there will be a few more blog posts this week since it is Tolkien Week, celebrating J.R.R. Tolkien and his marvelous books. :) Have a great Sunday!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September Goals and IWSG

My goodness, I feel so behind this month! It's been a crazy month so far and it's only the second day. I'm working my new job full time at the elementary school and still working part time in retail, so it's a bit crazy and I'm averaging 55 hours a week. 

Since today is the Insecure Writer's Support Group (created by our Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh) meeting, I will say that I'm insecure about my writing at all this month! I'm trying to make a little time for writing, but I'm worried about not having time to write when working 55 hours a week or more. I just need to make a little time to write and follow through! I'm also having trouble finding time to read too. I don't want to fall behind in my goals.

Also, it's time for an update in my goals!

Here are my goals from August:
 * Revise first 5 chapters of "Somebody to Love"

* Read "The Summer of Chasing Mermaids" by Sarah Ockler

Yep, I didn't get to any of my goals last month! Oops!! But I will try again next month. I only read two books and the purple one was a reread!
Summer Confessions by Lynn Vroman
City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

September Goals:
* Write to 30,000 on "Summer of Lies"

* Read 4 books

Here's to hoping that this month is better than last and here's a movie to make laugh a little!

How did your goals from last month go? What are you feeling insecure about this month?