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  • 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: 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.


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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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TyrannoNinja Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fav!
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SanguineAthena Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Writer
You are welcome! I like Egypt stories :)
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ZiaulKareem Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Erika for :+fav: :)
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