There are a three tried and true rules to follow if you want to be a published writer (or so I'm told).
3. Wait while you query/sub/and other things I still don't know anything about.
When I came aboard this train, I knew that publishing would take long time. I knew that it would challenge my patience, my usual optimistic itwillhappenthewayit'ssupposetohappen mentality.
But I am the queen of patience, right? I've seen our family through long deployments and countless times when all I do IS WAIT for my husband to get home. I labored long hours when I birthed each of my four children, in excruciating physical pain.
Months of querying, you say? That's nuthin! I got it, no biggie.
(where's that buzzer when you need one)
Well, let's just say my critique partner endured a little complaining a couple of weeks ago. "Why?" I texted. There was groaning and whining from my end--thank God she didn't hear it--and I even threw myself on my bed and flailed around like a seal.
It was a sad sight.
Then I remembered the first rule of write club.
I'm actually still in the plotting stages, although I wrote part of a first chapter in a mad rush to get it out of my brain and onto the screen. But it feels good, it really does, to cleanse my brain with a new set of characters whom I already love.
No, I'm not abandoning STITCHES OF TRUTH. But, it's helping me see her with a little bit of objectivity as I write and send more query letters. She's still my baby, and I'm still looking for a home for her (and for me!)
But I am not standing still. I don't feel like I'm just waiting for my email to chime in. I've got a new main character who needs me to be there for her. She's got her own hurdles to leap, after all. I want to write her story.
So, if you see me with messy hair and bags under my eyes, then you know: I'm in my mojo.