Nov 272012

I constantly bite off more than I can chew. I know I’m not the only one. What I want to know is, why do we do this?

Every year, from October thru February, my life is insane. I have no business taking on a new project, but like many people out there, I have a superhero complex, so I do. This past month I decided I was going to give Nanowrimo another go. After all, the last time I completed Nanowrimo was in 2005.

This year, I actually had a good idea and spent time creating a chapter by chapter outline. I even wrote a character analysis. I was ready to construct my amazingly, awesome, completely thought-out novel, but after writing 1,000 words I realized that I couldn’t devote the amount of time necessary. This of course, was in addition to the fact that I needed to finish up the other projects I have in the works.

I have no business starting anything new.

This is why I’ve decided to take this new novel bit by bit. I will finish it when it’s right for me to do so and it will be right when I have finished all of my looming projects. I desperately want to give this new project the respect it deserves.

On that note, there isn’t very much time left for Nanowrimo, so I’d like to wish all of the Nanowrimer’s out there much luck. Keep going! You can do it!

Dec 072011

I’m convinced that luck comes in waves. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve noticed that a few people around me are going through rough and tough times, while others are at their optimum. Case in point, one family member was recently laid off, while another was offered a promotion and raise. His wife was also offered a job with a competitive salary. Earlier this year their situations were reversed. What the heck is going on? Is this some kind of reversal of fortune? Is it their turn to get showered with good luck from the universe? Does good and bad luck come in waves? I’m starting to think yes.

This good luck occurred within the last couple of weeks, which brings me to this – the moments before the New Year always count. Whatever you want to do this year, whatever dreams you have can still be reached. Don’t give up just because you may be in the midst of a bad luck wave. Keep pushing along because good luck is heading your way.

Confession: I’ve been putting off the completion of my novel because I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it scares me. Sounds strange, I know, but exposing my inner most thoughts is a frightening thing for me, hell, for any writer. It’s a vulnerability I didn’t expect to have and one I didn’t prepared for, but I’m pushing forward. There’s not much sense in keeping my manuscript hidden on a file folder on my desktop. My plan is to finish my novel by the end of this year and edit it early next year to get this pony in the publishing show.

I want to leave this year on a high note. Don’t you? If so, then take this as your sign to sprint to the finish line and get whatever you need to get done – done.

I’m wishing all you writers and artists out there good luck on your current project! You can do it.

“Let me know – do I still got time to grow? Things ain’t always set in stone. Let me know, let me know. Seems like street lights, glowing, happen to be just like moments, passing in front of me, so I hopped in the cab and I paid my fare. See, I know my destination, but I’m just not there.”

-“Street Lights” by Kanye West

Nov 302009

A few years ago I got sick of getting form rejection letters from all of the literary journals and magazines. So I decided to make my own postcard, which had boxes for the editors to check when they were going to send me a rejection. It’s more of a tool for me, but I find it absolutely essential for editors as well. 

All they need to do is to check off what I might need to work on structurally. I have also added in a place for other comments. Well, when I told people about my postcard a lot of them were super negative about it. They said that editors wouldn’t take the time to fill it out; that they’d probably just pitch it.

What they didn’t know was that my postcard was easier to send than a form rejection. All they needed to do was check off what their thoughts were and put it in the post. 

Today as I was checking the mail I came across one of my postcards! It was a rejection. That wasn’t the greatest feeling, but I was still excited. For one, I was rejected because of the type of fiction I submitted not because they didn’t like my story. And for two, they used my postcard! 

Before you start thinking, well why didn’t she read the lit mag before submitting to them? Well I did. I actually thought it might be a pretty good fit seeing as though my story was set in Chicago and it was a Chicago lit mag, but I was wrong.

Ill take another look at that journal and probably pick up another for good measure. They also signed the postcard, “Thanks for thinking of us!”  I am so excited. Every time I feel like I’m not going to make it as a writer I get some kind of inkling from the universe pushing me ahead.  

I dont say this enough, but I love writing. I’m not going to give up and you shouldn’t give up on your dreams either.