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I also got an interview set up for one of my ag articles. I just need to figure out what else I'm going to write about, and that is the hardest part of my job. After that, finding people to interview is a breeze. Most people LOVE to talk about their jobs.
I talked to the editor yesterday, and he's optimistic that my religious zombie novella should be out at the beginning of September. I'll keep you informed and let you know for sure.
I'm too stubborn to give up on the book. And I'm actually enjoying going back and working on it. I thought it was going to be tedious and I was going to dread it, but the only thing that's freaking me out is sending out queries. I've decided I'm going to put it out of my mind. The revised version isn't done yet, so I don't need to worry about that step. Perhaps in a month or so when I'm done, I'll be able to approach the subject with a different attitude. If not, I'll move on.
Since I've decided to rewrite the novel, I pulled my submission from the indie publisher (who has had it for over 270 days). Perhaps later down the road I will resubmit to them (perhaps). I was still under consideration, but I wasn't happy with the story. This way, I don't have to worry about them or wait for a reply. I'm free to do whatever I want!
I know I have another zombie novella that I can work on, but I think I need to move away from zombies for a while. I have some other ideas kicking around my head, maybe I'll focus on those. Plus, I need to get some ag articles written. Dang ag articles! That should keep me busy for a while.
Other than that, I have nothing exciting to report. I'm still trying to get used to my schedule, and so are the boys. It's been a bit of a battle. Last night it was almost an all-out war. I really dread bedtime, so I've decided I'm not doing it anymore. My spouse can have fun getting the boys to bed because all it does is stress me out!
I'm still dreading sending out queries. Maybe that's a sign I'm not supposed to send any more out. Hmmm...
I've been working on revising my YA novel. My plan was to do it after I finished my other zombie novella, but I couldn't get the dang thing out of my head. A voice kept gnawing at the back of my brain, so I gave in. I'm scratching the itch. So far, I've been through chapters 1 and 2, handwriting my edits, and I'm hoping to get to 3 tonight. I always write out my edits then incorporate them into the computer. After I'm done with 3, I'll edit the electronic copy, then work on the rest of the novel. I've decided this will probably be the last time I revise this. If no one wants it, I'll put in away for a while and work on something else. I rewrote my query, too, but I won't send that out until I'm done with this draft. I'll keep you informed of how everything goes!
OK. This is as good as I can get my review. I think if you click on it you can make it bigger. I have no idea why I can't copy and paste. Oh, well. This works.
Other than that, nothing to report. My family is still here, but I also had to start my new job. It's been a little crazy and hectic, and I think everyone is ready to be home. I know I'm ready to have my house back. I love my family and I love when they come visit, but I get very tired after a while. If I'm not too tired, I'm hoping to get back to writing Thursday night. I have a zombie novella to finish and a novel to rewrite!
Wow! This is kind of annoying! I'm so not going to mess with this right now. My 3 year old won't allow it. I'll work on it later.
Oh, wait. That's not entirely true. Saturday morning, I couldn't sleep because my mind kept thinking about the first chapter of the YA zombie novel rewrite. Instead of fighting it, I decided to get up and jot some things down. I got 2 pages of the new chapter done before the boys got up and everything went crazy. I was planning on postponing that work, but I couldn't get it out of my head! I'm OK now, though. I have a starting point.
A few of us went to go see Predators yesterday. What a fabulous film! There were 5 of us total, and 2 of us liked the movie. The 2 of us who really liked it are die-hard Predator fans. We're so die-hard, we both have tattoos (I got mine first, many years ago, and my cousin copied me. It was the sincerest form of flattery!). There were some issues, a few plot holes, but I didn't expect anything less. I went expecting to see a "remake" of the first film, and that's what I got. I didn't expect anything deep and meaningful. Are you kidding? It was just a fun film. I would have liked to see more of the Predators, but that's how I feel about all those films. It was great.
Speaking of fun films, have you seen previews for The Expendables? If not, check it out on imdb.com. THAT is going to be a fabulous film!
I was supposed to get my review on Friday, but it never showed up. I sent an email but didn't get a reply. I'm really hoping someone was sick or on vacation. I'll send another email tomorrow. Of course, me being the pessimist that I am, the first thing that ran through my mind was they took the money and ran. I know, I know, it sounds bad that I'd have to pay for a review, but they actually offered a lot more services. They are making a trailer for me (maybe) and posting my information all over the web. It sounded great at the time, and I checked into the company and didn't find any complaints about them, but who knows? Knowing my luck, I didn't check the right things and got taken for a ride. Wouldn't be the first time, and it's not like I'm out hundreds of dollars (thankfully), but it's the principle of the thing. I had better hear something tomorrow or I'm gonna be really pissed!
I'll let you know what's happening when I get more time. I start my new job tomorrow afternoon, and I'm a little nervous about it. Like I mentioned earlier, I'm not a big fan of schedule changes, but, as my dad says, "Soon it'll just be another schedule." I should get back to writing next weekend...if I'm lucky!
I keep forgetting to mention that I sent my novel, Coming from Nowhere, off for another review (like 2 weeks ago, I'm so up on current events!). I'm supposed to have it back by Friday. I'm excited to see what they have to say. I'm also having a book trailer created. I probably won't get that for another month, but I'll post it when it's done. Very exciting stuff.
I was very lazy last night, and I'll probably be lazy for the next week. I need to get back to my novella, but I can't find my motivation. If you see it laying about, please send it back.
I didn't get any writing done last night. I was too tired. I doubt I'll get any done tonight, either. By the time 8:00 rolls around, my mind will have completely turned to mush. Oh, well. We all deal with life. I'll let you know if/when I get back into the swing of things!
I sent an inquiry for one of my partials out last Friday. The agents have had it since the end of March. They told me at the time that it would take them a while, and I didn't expect them to have read it, but I just wanted to make sure they received it and I was still under consideration. I received a reply yesterday, and he told me it was in a large pile on his reading desk and that they were really far behind. He said he'll try to get to it in the next couple of weeks and get back to me. We shall see. I'm not holding my breath, but at least I know they have my sample chapters.
I received a rejection for my reprint story, which is fine. Like I said, I have no idea what possessed me to try and get it reprinted. I will post it on my blog perhaps later this week for your reading pleasure.
Other than that, not a lot has been going on. Gearing up for my family to visit, and sneaking in as much writing as I can. It seems pretty relaxed right now. *Ahhh* Relaxing!
I was reading through my posts last night, and I realized a few days ago I promised I would let you know what changes I had coming up. I didn't mean to leave you hanging, I just forgot. So, without further ado, here it is (don't expect anything overly exciting): I am starting a new job on July 19. I will still be working at my old job, doing part time at both, but I will be working 5 days a week (my schedule right now is that I get every Monday off, which, on one hand, is really nice and allows me time with my kids, but on the other, I spend a lot of time with my kids). I know it doesn't sound very exciting, but I don't fare well with schedule disruptions. It'll be fine after a few weeks, I'm sure, but very exhausting until then. It's quite possible my writing could suffer.
The process for getting this job were HORRENDOUS! Seriously, I had to go through a background check, take a polygraph, and have a psych evaluation. I applied way back in April and will just be starting. There's a good reason I had to go through all this stuff, one that I will not divulge (mainly for security reasons). I'm very happy its over and I hope I never have to go through it again.
I'm hoping to work on my other zombie novella this weekend, but I also might take some time off and just relax. We'll see how the mood takes me. I have to get ready for my family, which is very tiring, but very fun. YEAH!
On a completely unrelated topic, I've been noticing a lot of articles recently about the "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" scandals. Really? Is anyone out there shocked and surprised that these relationships don't work out? I mean, come on! These people are selected by producers because of their appeal to an audience, not because they actually have something in common or might make a nice couple (that's what match.com is for!). It's about ratings, not human feelings. Ugh! IRRITATING!
OK, back to writing. So, my next project after the novella was going to be revising the YA zombie novel, but I think that's going on hold for a while and I'm going to work on another novella, also zombie in nature. (What is it with me and zombies? Even my first book has zombies in it. No wonder I dream about them when I'm stressed!) A few weeks ago, Sonar 4 Publications put out a call for stories/ideas that would make good comic books. After having two stories rejected, I sent in this final idea. It's in the draft stage and not finished, but the editor thought it had potential. Soooo, my goal is to get that finished and maybe have it turned into a comic. How cool would that be? I'll let you know how it works out.
I thought I would give you a little background about the stories I'm working on. As I mentioned, it is a series of five that make one big story. It's what I call my "religious zombie novella." Two months ago, we read World War Z for our book club, and one of the individuals in the group mentioned that religion didn't play that major of a role. We got to talking about how we believed religion, in real life, would probably play a huge role because a lot of people in the U.S. believe in God. I decided I was going to write the religious version of World War Z. Like WWZ, my manuscript has first person accounts of what happened. Originally, I had only planned on having three stories, but after sending it to an editor, he suggested I have at least 30,000 words, which meant I had to add two more stories. I think it's turning out all right, but I'll let you know when I read the whole thing. My process so far has been to finish one story, edit it, then move onto the next. When I go through the whole thing, I'll make sure they all flow together and everything is consistent.
The editor will make the novella available as an iPhone app, and I'll let you know when and how you can order it. That won't be until the end of July, so you have some time to ready yourself!
I watched The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus this weekend. What a great movie! It was Heath Ledger's last film, and he actually died before finishing it, so Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and Colin Ferrel step into his role. It sounds weird, like it wouldn't work, but it actually does. You'll have to watch it to understand what I mean.
The 3 year old has this strange habit. Every few weeks to couple of months, he decides he's not going to sleep through the night. This child rarely sleeps through the night, and fights it every chance he gets. I just get used to him sleeping, then he wakes up from a nightmare or because the wind is blowing. Kills me. Totally screws up my schedule. Last night was the first night, so I'm guessing I have a couple more nights this week. Sigh.
Still waiting to hear about the zombie novel. Getting slightly irritated, but I know there's nothing I can do to change it. I have some changes coming up in the next couple of weeks, maybe that will help me keep my mind off it. We'll see! I'll post tomorrow on what those changes are!
I'm getting so sick of these articles. Every month it gets harder and harder to find topics and time. I try to get ahead, but no one returns my emails. Granted, it is summer and a lot of people are gone, but don't they know I have work to do? I don't think I can do this for much longer...
OK, little stress build up. I feel the pressure of deadlines. I have to go get to work now!
I have so many story ideas bouncing around my head, I just want to sit and write! Unfortunately, I don't have time and several other projects to finish first. I wish someone would invent a device that you attach to your brain and as you THINK your story, a computer types it out for you. Can you imagine how fast stories would get written? That would be awesome! Then, you could write anywhere. Of course, you'd have to be careful not to let your mind wander, or you might have thoughts about what to make for dinner interjected into the plot!
Other than that, nothing exciting has been going on. As usual, I will keep you informed of my progress!