The Adventures of Buddy

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

I was ready to go. I was packing up the truck so I could take Bug on the early school run. You see, she naps in the truck for an hour in front of school and I write for an hour, or edit, or whatever. But, of course, the dog blew past me and went on an adventure.

He does this whenever he can sneak out, or just knock me out of the way. Buddy takes himself for walks. He can open doors and gates. He can even let the dog next door out to play. Clever dog. He always comes back about 15 mins later, but still..

So here I am sitting in the truck in the driveway (because Bug is ready to pass out) waiting for the dog to come back. I learned a long time ago that it's no use trying to chase him or find him. He sticks to the river bank where I can't drive and since it's raining I have no interest in walking with the baby through the mud. And in my experience, he's usually back before I get to the river anyway.

So, sorry today's post isn't really writing related. I'm too angry at the damn dog to think writing right now. If he hurries his furry ass up, I might just get to finish the read-through of my WIP before I pick up the monster.

Happy writing everyone!

Back to normal...

Monday, 28 January 2013

I had surgery on Friday. Nothing too major, but still pretty painful. All you really need to know is that it went well and I am still in some pain. Not loads, but enough to wish I could just lie down. Not likely.

It's nearly time for the school pick up, then there's cleaning to do, and cooking... I don't know why I ever thought my family would give me a break. DH did cook/clean all weekend, but he made no attempt to hide his displeasure. He also acted put out that he had to carry the baby since I wasn't supposed to lift for two days. Yeah. It was a fun weekend.

I may just curl up in the back of the truck with the baby during her 'school run nap'. Normally I'd write, but today may be the exception. In the meantime, I think I'll go vacuum.

Have a good week everyone!

Catching Up...

Saturday, 26 January 2013

I didn't post yesterday. Mainly because all morning I was stuck in the hospital with no data allowance left on my phone & all afternoon I was under general anaesthetic. Nothing major and I feel okay today, I just can't lift for two days and I'm really sore.

It works out ok since I have an article and an essay due Monday. That is if the family will just let me sleep/rest/write. I'm not holding my breath. Hopefully, though, I'll get both done quickly and I can get back to the writing I really want to do.

It isn't quite 7am and I really could use more sleep, but I couldn't stand having so much overdue on my to-do list and this task was the only one I could clear quickly. So, I'm going to cut it short and get back to sleep. For once, Mommy has an excuse to sleep late!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Back In The Saddle, Sort Of

Wednesday, 23 January 2013 Woolston, Woolston

This week Harlequin author, Donna Alward announced her very own pitch contest. So awesome.
And I'm back at it. This one isn't specifically a Harlequin contest, and won't necessarily lead to a contract, but the feedback (not to mention awesome first prize) is priceless. Plus, Donna is lovely. I've had the pleasure of chatting with her on Facebook and Twitter a time or two.

So, I'm back to romance. I'm also seriously looking at the submission requirements for Entangled. One way or the other, I WILL get published. Today I pulled out the blurbs for 3 of my WIPs, so it's just a case of picking two (she's okay with more than one, but it's probably too cheeky to sub all three) and polishing them by tomorrow night. They aren't due until Friday, but I'll be in surgery during the day and most likely off my face for the rest of the night. I also have an article and an essay due Monday, so it's going to be a busy writing weekend.

How about you? What are you writing this weekend?

Another long night, another short post

Monday, 21 January 2013

Well, Bug is still sick. So far tonight she hasn't thrown up in bed (like every other night, at least once, for the past 7 days), but I'm chalking that up to the fact that she hasn't had milk... Until now. DH just gave her 2oz because she is screaming & refusing to sleep. Her little belly is grumbly and gassy, so I wonder how long it will stay down. The doctor said only clear liquids for a while, Bug is just not having that. I honestly don't know how much longer we can take this. She's been sick for 5 weeks! My poor little princess.

So, it would seem I'm in for another long night. I just want my happy baby back, the one that slept from 7 to 7 without fail and never cried. I am miserable (not to mention exhausted) because I can't make her better. And I go back to work soon. Like in a week. The doctor says it can last up to 6 weeks, but we are at 5 and it doesn't seem to be easing up any. Guess its time to do a little research on gastroenteritis. Maybe I can ease it somehow.

I'm off to google. Night all.


Friday, 18 January 2013

What a week. After a weekend of vomiting from Hunter, Scarlett started on Monday. And, of course, she has never stopped the diarrhea. Poor little Bug is so ill. We spent most of last night on the pediatric ward. Which means no sleep for me and loads more work. In fact, I realised today that I am about 6k words behind on my 100k in 100 Days challenge. Luckily I have ages to get caught up.

It has been a particularly bad week for my ego as well. Wednesday I found out that after all of that hard work, I did not get th job. I am seriously depressed over that. I really need a second source of income (from home), so its back to looking for work I guess.

To top that off, the Intrigue editor emailed today to say they weren't interested in my book. You might think I'd be sad, but I'm not. I'm bewildered. It was the strangest rejection I've ever received. And not in a good way. I didn't expect much feedback, but she gave me nothing. At all. She told me it wasn't right for Intrigue, but not even a hint as to why. She then told me that just because it isn't right for Harlequin doesn't mean it isn't right for another publisher.

I am seriously wondering if I should ever submit anything to them. It was almost like she was turning me away from the whole house. I mean if my romantic suspense which I wrote according to their guidelines isn't right, will any of, my work be? Is my style or voice not right for Harlequin? I honestly don't know what to think.

Two rejections in one week and a very sick baby. It's time to pull out the whisky. And that's what I am going to do. I am also going to pull out my old Intrigue and my magical realism to have a play with it. Tonight seems like a night for notes and plotting. I'm not sure I'll submit to Harlequin again. I'm not ruling it out, but I think it's time to look at other options. Maybe.

So I'm off to write, sort of. Happy writing everyone!

Disappointment and Dismay

Thursday, 17 January 2013

I heard back from today and unfortunately, the news wasn't good. I didn't get the job. I am devastated after all of the work I put into it. The last three weeks have been especially hard on my family thanks to the Norovirus and some other unknown gastrointestinal virus, both of which the baby is still suffering with. (She can't seem to get over the vomiting and diarrhea.) The work I did for the evaluation was hard to do with added illness and responsibilities.

I want to cry. I am so disappointed. I really thought I had a chance since all the way through evaluation the editor complimented my work. She did give me feedback and based on that I have replied to her email asking if I can reapply if no one is chosen. Still, this was THE JOB. The one I needed to make my life easier and my dreams more a reality.

I know there will be other opportunities and that I should concentrate my efforts now on my fiction, but honestly, this stings more than all of my fiction rejections combined. That's probably why I'm blogging at five am. I can't sleep. What also scares me is that I am an expert in the topic I applied for. I'm not an expert at fiction...

So, it's back to the drawing board, trying to find a way to make ends meet now. I honestly have no idea where to go next. Still no word on the synopsis, so let's keep our fingers crossed on that. I am trying to polish the first three and move forward. Just need to get the wind back in my sails, so to speak. I need to forget the big R and move on... Maybe tomorrow. I haven't cried yet, although I told everyone I would if I didn't get the job. I still might. Especially since I'll be sleep deprived today with a sick baby. Always fun.

Happy writing!

Winter in the UK

Monday, 14 January 2013

Well, I'm sat here in front of the school half an hour early. Why? Because its the only way to get to park anywhere near the school and I am not taking the baby out in this weather. It is nasty.

A mix of snow and sleet settled over us late last night. Now I don't mind snow. In fact, I'm happy to have it-- anything other than rain! I am so sick of rain!! But, of course, this is the North West of England. There seems to be no such thing as a day without rain. Not lately anyway.

It was a tough weekend. Hunter had what I believe was Norovirus and so he spent 12 hours being sick. And DH worked Sat & Sun, so I was on my own trying to keep Scarlett away from Hunter and anything he came into contact with. All on very little sleep. Such a fun weekend.

Today it's back to school, he was fine after the 12 hours. And back to reality for me. The baby is still plagued with that horrible diarrhea, so she needs to see the doctor. I need to call my boss to plan my return to work (dreading that) and I need to book nursery for Scarlett. Hunter needs a haircut after school. And all I want to do is take my sore throat back to bed.

There are a load of house and writing related tasks to be done today, too. Oh, and I'll be refreshing my email a thousand times an hour. I emailed my synopsis to Harlequin last Monday and my mock site went in to on Friday.

Oh yeah, today is going to to be loads of fun.

It's Now or Never

Friday, 11 January 2013

Well, what's done it is done. I have now finished my mock site for my evaluation. I think it looks awesome, but then I have no idea what competition I'm up against. It may not be enough. All I know is that I haven't slept properly in weeks and I'm a nervous wreck.

I really couldn't have done much more. My content is good, my editing clean, and I've loaded the site with pictures of my own athletes training. So now I wait. I know from the info they sent that it will be at least a week before I know anything. Please cross your fingers, pray, or do whatever you do. I need this job.

In the meantime, I'm going to distract myself with my fiction. I really need to get back to my WIP. On January 4th, I participated in the Harlequin Intrigue Speed Dating contest and the editor was nice enough to ask me for a synopsis. I sent it on Monday. I have no idea when to expect a reply; I'm just going to concentrate on polishing he first three chapters and writing the rest. It's a long shot, but whatever.

With that, its back to work I go. Happy writing!


Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Four letters that haunt me. I've nearly finished my mock site for the evaluation thanks to 2am bedtimes every night. It's due Friday. Then I'll have a while to wait before hearing anything.

This week I've learned to write HTML. Last week I was amazing people with daily word counts over 3k a day, but in the last few days I haven't had time to write anything. I've been converting all the stuff I wrote into HTML. Yuk.

I still have a bit more to do before I can get back to my fiction. I'm counting down the days. Until then, it's back to work I go!

Happy Wednesday!!

Hitting High Word Counts

Friday, 4 January 2013

This will be another short post since I still have two more articles to write. I was hoping to get everything written by yesterday, but I have seriously run out of steam. That isn't to say I haven't been writing. On the contrary, I have written more in the last few days than ever. I'm missing sleep. In fact, the night before last I stayed up writing until two a.m. That effort, plus the writing I did yesterday after the kids went to bed left me with a word count of 3371 for the day. I have never written that much in one day!

So, today I'm going to write those last two articles and start editing. You see, the next step is the one I've been dreading. Not the editing, I enjoy that, it's the formatting I dread. I need to add hyperlinks (which also means a lot of research on line) and put it all into HTML. Then I have to upload it. God, I hope I can figure that part out!

But that isn't even the most exciting/terrifying thing happening. Tonight, I am doing the Harlequin Intrigue Speed Dating Pitch! I will know tonight if they want to see more of my book. I'm not getting too  excited, because this isn't my first rodeo. I have done pitches with Harlequin before. Only the 'mail in your synopsis/first chapter' type, but I seem to struggle presenting my work in short form. I'm not sure the 100 word pitch I've written is really enough, but I'm going to give it a go. You never know until you try, right?

So maybe I'll be back with some good news, maybe not. Either way, I'll keep you posted.

Happy writing!

100k Words in 100 Days

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

I'm going to make this post short, because even though it will count in my word count for today, I have much more important things to write right now. Just to catch you up, in addition to still being in evaluation for and pitching to Intrigue in a couple of days, I  joined the 100k Words in 100 Days group on Facebook. I figure with all of this stuff I need to write it won't be hard for the first couple of weeks. After all, I am writing loads of blogs at 300-350 words each and tons of articles at 600-750 words. Yesterday I only hit 923, but I'm pretty sure I've gone over 1000 today. And I'm not done yet!

So, I'm going to get back to work. Happy writing, everyone, oh, and Happy New Year!!

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