I fuss (okay, maybe yell) at my oldest child to stop whining. Every day. Multiple times a day.
So, I don’t want to devolve into whining myself even if it’s been a rough few weeks.
My little one had pneumonia. We got through it.
Had some career stuff really stressing me out. I got through it
My daycare closed due to a power outage. We coped.
My older child woke up vomiting, and I lost a whole afternoon I had planned to spend writing, cleaning up and taking care of her. We managed.
Yes, it’s taken me longer than I had wanted to get through this revision of Knight of Valor. I didn’t really get the “sit down and read it all the way through without interruption” experience I wanted. And I won’t have time for that until the kids are in college. I’ll make do.
The revisions are done. The read through is done. I have sent it off for a final review to make sure I didn’t break anything as I was took the characters out of the blank rooms I’d put them in and worked to bring their world to life for the reader.
I will get through the query letter and synopsis sometime in the next week. Then, I will figure how to work the Writer’s Digest electronic subscription I have to send it off for its first rejection.
I will get this story submitted. Not sure when. Not exactly on my timeline, but it will get done.
As I am tidying up Knight of Valor for submission, I need to keep my writing skills sharp. I feel like I have come a long way in the last 15 months in terms of both quality and quantity. I finished the rough draft of The Devil’s Due, and it needs a strong first edit that usually involves a huge chunk of fresh writing and rewriting. I have been thinking about this second manuscript more, considering additional detail I should add.
I have a very long car trip in my future to see extended family (with 2 small children. Joy!). Perhaps the car ride will be quiet enough I can do some thinking, maybe even some writing on the laptop. We’ll see.
I am not giving up. I am not backing down. But sometimes there are a few unexpected pit stops on the journey.