Monday, June 30, 2014

More Stuff That's Driving Me Up The Wall...



I mentioned the sequels to The Shepherdess Princess that I have planned in my cover letter to the publisher, so they would know that I plan to turn the one book into a series of four novels.  I assume that they would want me to churn out the sequels right away if they accept my novel for publication.  I know I’m counting my chickens before they hatch, but I find myself thinking about it just the same because it could be a possibility in the future.

I also wonder if I’m being biased because I think my novel is going to be one of those “hard to put down” scenarios for any future readers, and the story line is better than some of the smut that’s mass produced already.

I have my insecure moments to where I end up asking my brother questions like “Do you really think it is good enough for publication?  Do you think they will like it?” because he was my beta reader to which he replies, “They would be crazy not to like it.  I know I couldn’t put it down.  I read the whole thing from start to finish in a couple of hours.”

My Problem Lately Though…

My problem lately though is that I’m steadily losing some steam as I try to write the sequel.  I’m not necessarily having writer’s block, but I get ideas for other novels I have on the back burner at the moment.  I’ve been getting the urge to work on those novels instead, but I’ve been holding myself back so far.

There is a life experience to add to my autobiography manuscript I’ve had on my mind to write about that has newspaper clippings to coincide with the story.  I may start working on that soon by looking up the old clippings from the newspaper.  One of the libraries a town over from where I live has the microfilm I could use to look up the articles I want, and get copies made.  I just need to woman up, get on the bus, and go there.  Before I do that, I’m going to see if I could find any of the old articles online by using a search engine first.

My autobiography isn’t the only book I’ve wanted to work on either.  There is another romance novel I have an outline for that is totally unrelated to my Shepherdess series that has been making its presence known to me.  It’s very frustrating because my instinct tells me to work on whatever it is that I have inspiration striking at, but I get a headache when I think about what the publisher might prefer that I work on!

Greetings from Camp Grenada!


I feel like a basket case already.  I’ve had lyrics from Camp Grenada stuck in my head lately.  The part that says, “And I’ve only been here one whole day.”  I could paraphrase it for my situation to say and it’s only been three weeks.

It has helped a little bit being kind of busy.  I continued writing some more in one of the sequels to The Shepherdess Princess to pass some of the time.  I have been apartment sitting for one of my neighbors while she is away, so taking her mail in everyday has helped me keep my mind off things.

The local library has added an adult summer reading program that my brother and I joined.  For each book I read, I get to fill out a raffle ticket.  Every Friday, a name is drawn and that person is called to come in and pick their prize.  I won the drawing this week, and got to pick from an assortment of baskets.  I figured I would be drawn because I ended up reading sixteen books in one day which means I got to fill out sixteen more raffle tickets.  Good ole Dr. Seuss to the rescue!  One of the librarians laughed when they found out what I read, and I responded with a paraphrase of Horton the Elephant by saying, “Hey!  A book is a book, no matter how small.”

I’m back to reading chapter books now.  I have just finished reading The Fortune of War by Patrick O’ Brian, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Letter to My Daughter by Maya Angelou, and I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings also by Maya Angelou.

One of my raffle tickets was picked on June 20th, so I got to go to the library and pick out my prize from the assorted baskets.  Being a poet myself and a lover of poetry, I chose the Oregon Poetry basket.  It had four books in it-one was the Oregon Book Award Winner for 2013, and the other three were Oregon Book Award finalists for 2013.

In the basket, I also got a reusable bag that says “Literary Elements” (which is the name of the summer reading program) on one side of it, and a Literary Elements emblazoned stack of post-it notes.

When I’m not reading, I’ll be happily working on my novel to speed up the two months and one week torturous wait I have in front of me.  On June 24th, I got caught up in my manuscript after volunteering at the library before I used my laptop to get on the internet.  My brother wasn’t there to distract me while I was working on it because he was busy using a library computer to play games on Facebook.

I do have a 4th of July fireworks display, the County Fair, and a library volunteer luncheon in July to look forward to.  Along with another Northwest Authors Fair to attend in August.  September could end up being here before I even realize it.

Monday, June 2, 2014

A Writing Update Finally...

My brother keeps getting asked by some of my my blog readers, "How is the book coming?  When is your sister going to update her blog?"  So here I am.  I haven't had much new to say for a while, so I've been a silent presence online.

What's New With The Shepherdess Princess?

I have the manuscript printed out, and almost ready to mail to a publisher.  I have cover letters printed out to send with it, and am currently working on my synopsis.  I have two possible publishers I'm going to be sending my manuscript to, but one of them only wants the first three chapters of the novel to begin with.  However, the publisher that only wants the three chapters also wants a 5 page synopsis.  I have three pages written so far.

I plan on mailing everything out next week.  Both of the publishers take three months to make a decision, so I wouldn't be expecting to hear from them until September.

Meanwhile...

My other writing projects have been put on the back burner until I get the manuscript mailed off.  I will continue working on the other novels in the series that I started to keep me sane while I wait to hear the verdict on The Shepherdess Princess.