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  • Listening to: Strauss
  • Reading: The Colony by Tayman
  • Watching: Bates Motel
  • Playing: Breath of the Wild
  • Eating: Jalapeños on bread
  • Drinking: For once, not a thing and that's a damn shame.
Since the last entry, I:

- got a human job
- one that actually requires my literal qualifications, which is... wow. And in this economy! ... amirite?
- got an exclusivity request from that agent!
- found it within myself to actually query a few more
- actually got accepted to the satire magazine! Yes, I am now able to make fun of Donald Trump in a professional capacity.
- I am, horrifyingly, getting my own column starting next month.
- am on the selection committee for the film festival for the third year running.
- got sexy new ideas for 3 new books (2 fiction, 1 nonfiction) 
- started writing a TV show. I finished most of the research and half of the pitch deck, and wrote the pilot.
- have had the privilege of being invited to join several fiction projects in a collaborative (yet authoritative) role.
- maybe have a business venture looming and taking shape

Also, since the last entry, I:

- got rejected by the agent I got the exclusivity request from, and am now back into the slush pile
- got invited to my best friend's wedding, which I can't afford to go to. I had to call her and tell her that this week which was... ugh.
- am still fucking broke as fuck
- had to borrow money from my parents, but also got my phone cut off when one of them needed me so that was... fucking amazing.
- have been training and not writing much
- have magazine deadlines looming that I have been too tired to try to work proactively towards
- have only made one additional query to an agency
- can't make the rewrites of my TV show pilot work
- have sexy new ideas for 3 new books, don't have time to work on any of them
- have completely lost faith in myself
- am getting scared that I am not capable of balancing work and writing, and life.

Oh but PS my blog got 3 likes this week so, I mean, storm the keep, amirite?
Anyway, I feel like it's too early to say if something is really wrong, but a lot of things are not going perfect. 
I just have to keep working. And trying. And fucking planning and organizing. That's the key, you know. Organization. *wanders off mumbling to herself*

Best wishes to all'y'all.
  • Listening to: Radiohead
  • Reading: The Ghost Bride by Yangtze Choo
  • Drinking: Water
Still don't have a job. Fucking broke as hell.

Put my ms through the grist, as promised. It went from 191K to 133K. 
191 to 133. That's almost a third. Give me loving.

So I sent it off to a real live agent yesterday. An actual, breathing, literary professional has my book on their desk. Ok, not my book but what is probably a decent query letter and a synopsis that took me 12 hours to get right, and the first 10 pages of the book.

I got a confirmation email from her office. Just seeing it made me nearly throw up over my keyboard. I feel like I look outwardly pretty calm, though. Not sure why this makes me as emotional as it does. 

Freud says: You don't emotionally invest yourself in much. You're not used to doing your actual real best at something you care about and having other people who know more than you evaluate you. Also, that is legit really hard and you are doing great and I commend you, widdle flower.

Anyway, I'm celebrating by applying for a satirist position for a political magazine (ha ha!) Let's pour some more gas on the fire. And, because I already said it was on multiple submission, I guess I should send the book to a second agent. Hell, let's do so tonight. Even though I can already feel the stress rising in my guts as I type this. Why feel anything if you're just going to let it control you?

Onwards.


  • Listening to: The Killers, for some reason
  • Reading: The Blinded World by Joe Hall
  • Watching: BoJack Horseman, again
  • Drinking: Melted Slurpee
The good news: I'm done the rewrites that the publishers wanted! 

The neutral news: Done the rewrites, not the edits! I still have to go through it again and fix it all. 

The bad news: The ideal ms is 100,000 words, roughly. My ms is 191,000 words (about the length of Goblet of Fire). So. Yeah. I think I might be able to cut it down to 139K if I really put it through the grister and learn to like self-loathing. 

The really bad news: I don't have an income anymore, and neither does half of my town.

Just... start shooting. Start shooting and do not stop until my head is concave and you can see my vertebrae.

Seriously.

Damn.
  • Listening to: Keith Olbermann
  • Reading: Us Conductors
  • Watching: Attack on Titan
  • Playing: Fallout 4
  • Drinking: Water
I definitely don't spend as much time on here as I used to. But I've been going through a phase where I've been on a lot and reviewing people's artworks and things. A lot of them are people whose work I like but that I've never really spoken to or formed a bond with. I've gone through about 200 in the past two days. But I have to say, and this is going to sound sick and twisted, but part of the reason why I slunk away from dA during my university years was that our inbox is finite. Yes, I have 10,642 in my inbox right now, and have had for the past several years. But I'd go through a busy phase with school and miss a lot of things that my friends posted because some groups I follow happen to be quite large. At least I wish one could prioritize who gets erased and who stays. Ultimately I kind of feel like I'm on a treadmill to keep up from the dA-inflicted inferno at the back of me. I wish a had 1 million deviations to look at right now. I don't care if it's impossible. At least I'd feel like I was getting towards a conclusion :P I want to feel like I'm accomplishing something, dammit!
  • Listening to: Strauss
  • Reading: The Colony by Tayman
  • Watching: Bates Motel
  • Playing: Breath of the Wild
  • Eating: Jalapeños on bread
  • Drinking: For once, not a thing and that's a damn shame.
Since the last entry, I:

- got a human job
- one that actually requires my literal qualifications, which is... wow. And in this economy! ... amirite?
- got an exclusivity request from that agent!
- found it within myself to actually query a few more
- actually got accepted to the satire magazine! Yes, I am now able to make fun of Donald Trump in a professional capacity.
- I am, horrifyingly, getting my own column starting next month.
- am on the selection committee for the film festival for the third year running.
- got sexy new ideas for 3 new books (2 fiction, 1 nonfiction) 
- started writing a TV show. I finished most of the research and half of the pitch deck, and wrote the pilot.
- have had the privilege of being invited to join several fiction projects in a collaborative (yet authoritative) role.
- maybe have a business venture looming and taking shape

Also, since the last entry, I:

- got rejected by the agent I got the exclusivity request from, and am now back into the slush pile
- got invited to my best friend's wedding, which I can't afford to go to. I had to call her and tell her that this week which was... ugh.
- am still fucking broke as fuck
- had to borrow money from my parents, but also got my phone cut off when one of them needed me so that was... fucking amazing.
- have been training and not writing much
- have magazine deadlines looming that I have been too tired to try to work proactively towards
- have only made one additional query to an agency
- can't make the rewrites of my TV show pilot work
- have sexy new ideas for 3 new books, don't have time to work on any of them
- have completely lost faith in myself
- am getting scared that I am not capable of balancing work and writing, and life.

Oh but PS my blog got 3 likes this week so, I mean, storm the keep, amirite?
Anyway, I feel like it's too early to say if something is really wrong, but a lot of things are not going perfect. 
I just have to keep working. And trying. And fucking planning and organizing. That's the key, you know. Organization. *wanders off mumbling to herself*

Best wishes to all'y'all.

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Dawn2Nightfall Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch my friend :)
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Happy birthday!
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Happy Birthday!
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Happy New Year!
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Happy Birthday!
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Happy birthday!
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Thanks for the fav!
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You are welcome! I like Egypt stories :)
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Thank you Erika for :+fav: :)
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