Friday, July 20, 2007

A little chat at the end of a long week....

I'm having a bit of a brain drain this week. Over the last couple of weeks I've had to fine tune a logo design, create a publicity flyer and research/develop a handbook for the local Little Athletics Club. At work, I've been creating and finetuning several flyers, webpages, and information packages for various events and arts programs. In between all that creating I've been researching local community arts for the community arts journal I edit, looking for inspiration for an editorial for said journal as well as scouring the countryside for public art.

It's been challenging and fun, but at the end of the week [like right now] I'm at a loss for something to actually write about. So, I'm just going to chat a bit about what else I'm up to.

In a few weeks I go off to a writer's retreat in the mountains to work on, and get lots of advice on, the novel I've been trying to offload onto agents and publishers for the last couple of years. This is my last expenditure of time on this particular piece of work. I will polish it off and do the round of publishers/agents and then I shall move on.

I have a novella which I've been considering posting here. However, it is not professionally edited so I'm still thinking about that one. What else does one do with completed novels that publishers aren't interested in?

The above two novels are set in the USA. One completely spec fic and the other more speculative thriller [if there is such a thing]. One modern-day, the other set in the second half of the 1800s.

My third novel is set in Australia, Sydney to be specific, cause that's where I live and it's much easier to write a story set on your home turf. I haven't submitted it to that many places yet. Mainly because I'm not sure it's quite ready, but can't decide and so it sits on my hard drive waiting. I gave a copy to a friend today. I'm not sure why I did that. Last time I shared, really all the times I've shared, the story either doesn't get read or I don't hear back whether or not they actually liked it. Frustrating! Anyway, I've done it and am keeping a lid on expectations.

That's it for the moment as I have a sport-filled weekend approaching - not to mention a trip to the bookstore with my eldest child for the final instalment of Harry Potter first thing in the morning.

Good wishes to you all


Marijke Durning said...

Wow, you have so much planned - I admire you. I just try to make it through the day. :-)

Good luck.

Beginnings, Middle and Ends said...

I've always been one for grand plans and have had fairly similar ones for the last couple of years. I chip away a bit at a time and try not to get to impatient.


Monday Morning Power said...

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Beginnings, Middle and Ends said...

Sure, I'm up for a little link swapping. I'll hop on over there, straight away.