Monday, March 15th, 2010 • 4 Comments on Six Months, But Moving Forward
Up until March 1, my submissions log for this year was a blank. In fact, I didn’t even realize I didn’t have a submissions log for 2010 until a couple of weeks ago when I made my first submission for the year. My last submission in 2009 was sent out on December 1, but that wasn’t even a new story. To be honest, I hardly wrote/submitted anything after September 2009. That’s six months of almost no writing for someone who calls herself a writer.
Six months is a long time. Six months without that sense of accomplishment of filling in my log sheet with project, publisher, genre, date. A few months—not six, but at least three—without that sense of anticipation that any day I might make a sale or receive a rejection. I did sell a few reprints at the end of 2009, which is always nice. And over that six month period I put together an anthology (including writing the introduction and a story of my own) and had a baby and have mostly been taking care of that baby by myself, so I guess I’ve been kind of busy. But still. Six months. Wow.
Since March 1, I’ve added 7 stories and one anthology pitch to my submissions log. Not bad for two weeks. Not good for six months and two weeks. I’ve sold the anthology—yay!—so that gives me a new project to work on. I will be sending out two new stories by the end of the week and have two more that I hope will be finished by the end of the month. I’ve been making notes about various novels and sketching out scenes. I’ve compiled a list of possible new markets to try this year. I’m drafting a new pitch for another anthology. And I’m doing all the pre-publication stuff for Fairy Tale Lust, too. I’m a working writer again after six months of barely writing and then not writing at all.
I’ve had a babysitter for Patrick since February 8. It’s no coincidence that the above accomplishments have occurred in the five weeks since I started having some time to myself. Not just to write, but to think about writing. It’s only 20ish hours a week, but it has made all the difference.
I’m looking forward to the next six months of writing. I have some catching up to do.