Okay. I was so busy thinking about next weeks blog- do I do it on Wednesday before I leave for the conference or Monday when I get back... I forgot to do yesterday`s. Is my memory getting worse or am I getting lazier? *snort* like I could get any lazier. I`m going to blame it on being sick. Yes. I still have whatever it was that I got a couple of weeks ago. Not getting worse but not getting any better.
Anyway, back to being lazy. Maybe that`s why I can`t seem to finish a book. I have so many started but hardly any of them have an ending. But then on the other hand, I start to wonder if it`s the story. If I`m getting bored writing it, will you get bored reading it? The answer. Probably. The book I pitched online to Harlequin didn`t make it through but probably just as well since it isn`t finished. Maybe the universe is trying to tell me something. So right now, I`m writing shorts. I`m nearly done with my second HQ historical undone. I sent the first one off weeks ago but it will take months to hear back. I like the 15,000 word limit. It means I can start and actually finish something before my mind wanders off to the next project. I get so excited about a premise, I start writing, then about 60,000 words in, I get inspired about something else and then instead of finishing the one I`m on, I start another one, get all excited about that one and then the cycle starts again. I know it`s not just me. I have a lot of friends with the same problem and I`m hoping the conference this weekend will teach me a thing or two about where I`m going wrong.
Which brings me to the RWA conference. 4 days in Brisbane with no kids, no nappies, no cat poo, no man, no talking about any of it either. It`s going to be heaven. I`ve got my itinery and it looks great. My flight leaves on Thursday morning and when we get in, it`s straight into the bathers, order a drink and relax in the pool for an hour or two. Then the chaos will begin. Starting Thursday night with a book launch and then a dinner, it will be go, go, go until sunday when I fly back in. I have my belly dancers outfit done for the Friday cocktail party and a dress chosen for the award dinner on Saturday night and all the outfits in between. It`s very important. The shoes and the clothes.
My last problem is the pitch. I have three stories only one of which actually has a `The End` but one I think will be more sellable for an agent than the other two. I keep thinking since this agent worked for Mills and Boon for fifteen years, she may want to go with a category novel but then what if everyone thinks that and she just wants to see something new? Should I go the historical that is nearly finished and a really good premise and then if I get a request I`ll madly write for two weeks to get it ship shape. I`m going to take all three and then decide once I sit down with her. I`m sure there`s no better judge of what she wants than her.
So on a wing and a prayer to anyone out there, I`m as ready as I`m gonna get =)
Wish me luck!
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I'm a published author but I'm still mostly stumbling about in the dark looking for the right paths so this blog is about that, though sometimes something will give the me the shits and I'll have a bit of a rant. I'll try not to be offensive but occasionally my mouth opens without asking my brain's permission so I'll apologise in advance.