Paying my dues...

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

I am paying my dues.

I was not chosen for the HAR pitch. Unlike the HI pitch where I never entertained thoughts of winning, I actually did think I had a chance with this one. So, yes, I am rather disappointed. But I'll live.

I wish they had given us more of an ideas of what they wanted. Or maybe a little feedback on what was lacking. I swear, I still feel like I have no idea what to write to enter these pitches. I guess I'll never really know. Maybe they'll post the winners so we can have an idea of what it takes.

I do know that I'm not giving up. I'm also not going to be so hard on myself. You know that whole 'burning the candle at both ends' thing? I skipped the ends and threw the whole damn candle in the fire. All because I am so desperate to get published that I was trading sleep for writing. I'm also battling one hell of a throat infection (probably a side effect of no sleep and too much stress).

I think it's time to relax a bit and write what I want to write for a while. Without worrying about contests and trends. I'm still taking classes to finish up my degree and once maternity leave is over it'll be back to the grind. In an effort to accomplish as much as possible while on leave, I've seen writing as a chore. Something that has to be done, not necessarily something I want to do.

I think it's time to find my passion in writing again. I'll still write VB, but in my own time. Not just because I want to hurry so I can enter it in a contest. I'm going to just write.

SYTYCW and New Voices are both on the horizon. Will I enter? Who knows. All I know is I have to keep writing.

And keep paying my dues.

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