December 20th, 2009


New novel started and fun with rejections

Cold gone, house clean, gifts wrapped. I finally had some time to write today and started my new novel, hopefully the first book in THE RELUCTANT REAPER series.

So I got ass in chair this morning and wrote for a few hours--getting down two scenes I'm really happy with for a total of 3000 words. W00t! Now if I can get some time to write while visiting family next week, I'll have 1/3 of the novel finished by the time I go back to work.

If I didn't have the frickin' day job, I really could write a novel in a month. Even with a month to prepare and a month to polish, that's still 3 to 4 novels a year.

Maybe in the new year I'll feel more like writing in the evenings and I can at least chip away at it. Like the novel_in_90 crowd says, just 750 words a day and you have a novel in 3 months.

In the meantime I continue to shop around SHIFT HAPPENS--had a couple of requests for partials, and a couple of fun rejection letters:

One agent writes, words to the effect: "I'll probably kick myself when this becomes a bestseller..."

Another wrote: "Though I found your material to be engaging and therapeutic, unfortunately I feel that this project is not right for me at this time." (emphasis mine) Therapeutic?!? Gay shapeshifters? Maybe it was the humour. I dunno. What do you think?

Other than sort of low-level disappointment, rejection isn't bothering me. Rejection: where is they sting?