Let the Fun Begin!

On July 22 I decided that I would restart my efforts to blog daily, and that once we hit the first of August, I would post something every day until the end of the year.

Today is August 1; let the fun begin!

I’ve done a pretty good job of posting since the decision was made, starting the process of reestablishing the habit, and I’m optimistic that I can maintain it.  I already have a couple of post ideas for the next few days, and writing has gotten easier as I do it every day.  (That’s the reason “they” tell you to journal, after all.  The more you write, the easier it becomes.)

In addition to starting the daily once again, today also marks the end of the three-week window on the last two query letters.  I plan to give it a few more days before I send some more, but I think we can officially count them as rejections.  You know what that means: time for an update on Query Count 2013!

Query Count 2013: Rejections: 8, Pending: 0, Still to Send: 2.

I’m looking forward to investing a little more time in Leigh the author in the next few months!

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Time for more query letters!

Now that life is rolling back towards normal, I decided to work on a couple of my 2013 goals.  I went jogging, to work towards my target weight, but you don’t really care about that.

No, what you care about is that I sent two more query letters tonight!

I had a whole row of tabs across the top of my web browser, each with an agency website loaded, so I could decide who I should query next.  I ended up submitting to two agencies with a similar response time, of about three weeks.  One I’m very excited about, because they are closed to queries more often than they are open, so it was a no-brainer to snag the opportunity when I had it!

Now comes the fun waiting (again) but at least I’m working on it.  I’ve also decided that if I hit my goal of 10 before September, I will increase the goal number for the year!

As always, I will keep you posted.

Query Count 2013: Rejections: 6, Pending: 2, Still to Send: 2.

 

Back and… well, not rested, but at least back

It’s the first day of May, and I said I would return to the world of blogging.

Like all breaks, this one would have benefitted from a little bit more time.  I didn’t end up getting to rest my brain as much as I would have liked, and I really did very little writing-related stuff, but at least I spared you from the drivel that would have poured out of my ears during that time.  (I was a touch stressed last week…)

Here’s where everything stands:

Query Count 2013: Rejections: 6, Pending: 0, Still to Send: 4.  That’s right, I haven’t sent any query letters while on my break.  But if the goal is ten, and I’ve gotten six at the beginning of May, I’m somewhat ahead for the year.

The only update I have about the Butterflies overhaul is that the timeline fell off of the wall.  Nothing exciting, but I have been turning to Mara and her tale to help quiet my brain when work-related noise won’t leave me be.  I have a couple of ideas now that I hope to write up soon.

And what about the two big work projects?  I got one completed, and the other one is barely started.  The first project took longer than anticipated, plus we’ve had a round of sickness and injuries in my office, which meant I had to pick up tasks for a few of my team.  At least I made the deadline for project one, and the project two deadline was extended.  (It’s nice when you’re the one setting the deadline…)

I should be getting back to normal (maybe) so hopefully I can get back in the swing of things!  (Thank you again for your patience!)

Taking a Break

As you may have noticed over the last couple of weeks, I haven’t been as good about posting every day as I have in the past.  I’ve been contemplating a little break for a while, and with two big writing projects staring me in the face at work I think now might be the best time.

That doesn’t mean I won’t post at all.  If I get any good ideas, I’ll be sure to share.  Mostly I’m just taking the pressure off of my personal writing while I work on these two job-related projects.

I will be back by May 1, if not before.

Thanks for your patience, and see you soon!

And Now, a Brief Update

I got another rejection letter for Dragon today.  This one was very polite, and like others before, the Query Count 2013 made the impact less painful.

That means it’s time to look for a couple more agents to query – after my two snowed-in days it will be nice to have a little project for this evening!   (I probably should have spent some of my forced downtime writing, but I alternated between reading and watching television.)

Looking back, it appears that I forgot to tell you about rejection #5 – it came quick, the next day after the query was sent.  That puts the current Query Count 2013 at Rejections: 6, Pending: 0, Still to Send: 4.

On a vaguely related note, I did spend some time this afternoon working on the design for the dragon tatoo I am considering…  🙂

Quick Query Update

Tonight will be a really quick update!  I sent two more queries tonight, both with fairly quick response times.  It’s kind of interesting to review agency websites, trying to decide who to query.

So here is the current Query Count 2013: Rejections: 4, Pending: 2, Still to Send: 4.

Hey look!  Still to Send is below half – I’m actually making progress on the goal for the year.

More Tally Marks

As of today we are past the deadline for two pending queries, both of which were of the “respond only if interested” type.  That means it’s time to add a couple of tally marks to the list of rejections and no responses.

We are now standing at the following count – Rejections: 4, Pending: 0, Still to Send: 6.

See that lovely zero,next to pending?  This weekend it’s time to send a couple more query letters!  I have to work tomorrow, to make up the day I lost on my adventure earlier this week.  After that I’ll pull out the stack of index cards and peruse my agency options.  🙂

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