Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Moral of the Story (and other ramblings)

Well, I got on here to post about a rejection I got yesterday for a manucript proposal I sent out around April. But I just this moment decided I didn't want to rehash something that I've already bemoaned with friends through email and on the phone. :)

I will post my main point: the moral of the story is that you should always have at least two submissions out there. I'm sooo glad I sent something else last week, because now I still have hope.

So if I'm not going to talk about my rejection, what should I talk about? Hmmm. How about that I went to play tennis with my 11-year-old son at noon today in 97 degree Georgia-humid heat? (Let me also add that I haven't played tennis in about 3 years and haven't exercised regularly either.) So have you got a visual on that scenario? Oh, and he asked me to play right after I had showered, dried my hair, put on makeup and gotten dressed in capris and a tee shirt. :) I did change into the tennis outfit I bought 3 years ago to try to inspire me to keep playing. (Ha!) Man, I looked good out there--for about 30 seconds. Needless to say, I wasn't quite so fresh afterward. But we had a nice lunch together driving through Burger King with the a/c blasting as high as it would go. (Are you kidding? I wouldn't even think about going in Subway, his first choice, in my tennis clothes!!)

I also had printer problems today. Previously, I would have volunteered to do a commercial for free for HP. But now I'm not so sure. Anyway, I worked for over an hour replacing one cartriage, aligning, then trying to print, then cleaning the cartriages, then trying to print again, then doing an "Intermediate" cleaning, then printing again.

I was trying to print editor and agent letters and envelopes to mail to attendees of a writers conference I'm in charge of. I wanted it to look nice, so by golly, I would get the dang printer working. It is an HP afterall. Well, after an hour, with piles of mis-printed envelopes and paper littering the floor (and with me snapping at the kids the whole time because they kept begging me to get online and transfer money from my daughter's savings account to my son's savings account because she is buying his old Playstation 2 so he can buy a PSP.... blah, blah, blah), I finally gave up. I signed the letters that looked the best and hand wrote the envelopes. I was beyond embarrassment. I was at the point of not caring. Tomorrow, I may feel differently, but I will not let myself spend any more time on them.

So now I have a printer that's spazzing, and I still need to print all the nametags, programs, and table tents for the conference that's next week.

Oh, joy.


Saturday, July 15, 2006

Finding My Groove

Well, time has flown by again. Before I knew it, nearly a month passed since I last wrote. I just haven't found my groove in the blogging world, I guess. When I started, I pictured writing every few days, like I might in a journal. But I've found that I'm too tired at the end of the day, or I'm afraid I don't have anything to say that's worth posting. (Can you tell I'm a perfectionist?)

I've visited so many great blogs: Mir's, Camy's, Brandilyn's, Robin Hatcher's and others. And I love to check in on Lindi's since she talks about our visits over coffee and all the profound things we say. :) But I'm not a regular blogger or reader of blogs. The trouble is, I could spend HOURS reading them. I love to visit, to explore the archives, to chat when I have a moment. Then I feel guilty that I'm not at my own site. So I don't indulge often.

Okay, I'm determined. I'm going to try to find my groove. Will it be having interviews here? Or just journaling? Or focusing more on my writing life? We'll see. I'll be thinking on it.

In the meantime, I'll talk about cleaning my house since that's what I did today. (How scintillating, you're thinking!) LOL Of course, I also watched two episodes of Clean Sweep first, which inspired me to get off the couch and do something around my chaotic house. I have a few rooms around here that look like some of the rooms on the show. In fact, I often feel better about myself after watching the show! :) And I wonder how totally humiliated I would be to be appear on the show myself. I guess the payoff makes it worth it to them.

Anyway, I got my kids to go to work in their own rooms. Then I set out to dust, vacuum and mop. And what a nice feeling a few hours later to sit back on the couch without having to look at visible tufts of dog hair everywhere!

There's nothing like enjoying the fruits of your own labor. And speaking of... I e-mailed a submission to an agent this past week. Wouldn't it be nice if I were to get to enjoy the fruits of that labor! And then maybe the fruits of her labor if she were to decide to represent me. :)

Whatever happens, it felt good to accomplish my goal of submitting. It has been a long time coming. I got the request in September. The book was complete, but I spent forever revising it. Then I finally sent it to my critique group, then took forever going over their comments and making more changes. Of course, I had to do two or three more read-throughs after that (the perfectionism again). And wouldn't you know that when I was cutting and pasting the document to send it out this week, I found a typo on the last page! Horrors! I'm so thankful I caught it! LOL

Looking back at my blog title, Finding My Groove, I'm reminded also that it's time to find my groove once again in starting a new story. I have one I started in 2005 that I may go back to. But we'll see. I've had several other ideas that have gone into my idea file.

It's time to open that file and play once again!!

Let me know what you're up to. Have you been having to find your own groove in some area of your life?