Wednesday, January 12, 2011

10 Random Thoughts from a Newbie Writer

The author of one of the blogs I follow extended an invitation for her readers to write guest posts. I don't know if she will choose my submission to run on her blog, but either way, I thought I'd share it with you.

10 Random Thoughts from a Newbie Writer

1) I have a time warp feature on my computer of which I was previously unaware. It seems to be activated only when I am involved in literary pursuits - writing, reading agent/author blogs, things like that. This feature causes my clocks to move at five to ten times normal speed.

2) How badly do I really need sleep? I've heard that a person can last at least three to four days without sleep before going psychotic. Is that true? And if it is, would psychosis help or hurt the creative process? Just askin'.

3) It's the coolest thing ever to be able to sit in front of the computer wearing sweats or pjs, surfing all manner of fascinating things on the net and call it research, or to let my imagination run and play at will and call it work. Am I right?

4) Who knew 'l' and 'y' were so evil when placed together at the end of a word?

5) Publishing type people are insanely helpful!

6) Janet Reid scares me. Don't get me wrong. I'd love to have her in my corner fighting for me and my work. But yikes. *shudders*

7) Speaking of agents extraodinaire, why did Nathan Bransford have to switch careers just when I was getting ready to query him? I'm sure it was nothing personal.

8) Seriously, how long am I going to feel the need to keep revising/editing? I get to be 'done' at some point, don't I?

9) How can my characters have such minds of their own when they exist solely in my mind and on my pages?

10) It seems I have lots more friends now that I have all the imaginary ones running around in my head.

??Any random thoughts you'd care to share?? The randomer, the better.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hellllloooo 2011!

So, so, so. Happy New Year, ya'll! I hope you can feel the positive energy humming around you. I can.

Seeing as the name of the blog is So Many Dreams, I figured it would be appropos to mention which dreams of mine are in the crosshairs at the moment. Here's what my little heart will be set upon for 2011 (or longer or shorter than that, as needed.)

1) Query, query, query my manuscript until a)I sign with a good agent or editor, or b)every single person whom I would reasonably consider to represent me and my work has been asked and said 'no,' at which point I would regroup and explore other options.

2) Write a rough draft of and begin editing my next book.

3) Figure out some way under the sun to get financing to progress toward my elusive degree. (And then progress toward it, of course.)

I will also be a more frequent blog poster, although I'm not stating that in an official I'm-putting-this-out-into-the-universe kind of way. I'm just saying I'm gonna be a good girl and do it.

Soooo...What about you? Care to share where your 2011 is going to take you if you have your way?