May 2015

Published May 18, 2015 by Rebecca

As promised, I’m actually going to update this blog. I know, surprise!

Did you ever have a point in your life where a lot was happening, but it was a slow moving process? Kind of like watching the battle scene in The Two Towers in slow motion. Okay, maybe not quite that dramatic, but you get the idea–maybe, kind of, sort of?

In December I received feedback from agents, basically all saying the same thing. I sat down with my ms and emailed several of my critique partners, asking for their thoughts on what I could do to fix the issues. It’s extremely difficult to know how to fix something that you, your beta readers, and critique partners love. I knew the ms wasn’t perfect, but after receiving the agent feedback, it was obvious there was a major problem. I’m extremely grateful the agents took time to comment on my ms, but I still wanted to cry.

One of my lovely critique partners offered to read again and after doing so, asked if I’d ever considered writing it in first person pov. I told her that I’d written the first chapter in first and third, and let three people read it–they all preferred third (yay! Because that’s what I’d written it in). My CP asked me to send the chapter to her, and she emailed me back just a few hours later saying she’d like to read more, as it was so much deeper in my MC’s head, which she loved. Soooo…

Skip ahead four months, and I finally finished changing to it to first along with lots of cuts and additions. Hang on, rewind those four months–in December there was a Twitter pitch party called #sffpit. I threw out a few carefully worded pitches I’d used in #pitmad, though I didn’t really expect much. To my surprise, one was favorited by an agent who has a fantastic reputation, one who I was a little intimidated to query on my own. I was not going to send her something that had been rejected, it was going to be as perfect as I could make it (though that was my goal each time I queried). Fast forward again those four months, and I sent my query to this agent. Less than twenty-four hours later, she requested the full. That was an amazing feeling, one I wish I could bottle up and savor. I sent out a few more queries, and now the waiting begins–along with another story.

On the home front, things are getting busy. My son is graduating high school in a couple of weeks! I can’t believe how fast time has gone. My little baby is going out into the big world of college. I keep embarrassing him because every time he mentions graduation, my eyes leak. It’s like an allergic reaction. For those who say I don’t look old enough to have a child graduating–I know, Right?! I don’t feel that old. My son laughed when, at my recent celebration of ancientness, I tried to say I was twenty-nine again. Oh well, it happens to everyone

Another part of my life that seems to be moving quickly is my dad’s progression into dementia. That’s something I wish would slow down. To see someone you’ve known your entire life change into someone you barely know is a cruelty I wouldn’t wish on anyone. But we keep going and adapting, that’s all you can do. This isn’t like one of my stories where the monster can be defeated with cleverness and a quick blade. Maybe that’s why I love writing monster stories, they can be defeated.

Wow. 600 words later and I’m signing off for now. Hope everyone had a beautiful weekend!

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