I’ve learned a lot this year. About myself, writing, what’s important. I don’t think you lose a parent, at any age, without it having a profound affect on you. One thing I’ve noticed recently is that much of what “goes on” on the interwebs regarding writing, romance, authors, agents, editors, fail this and flame that no longer interest me.
I love the editor I work with now at Samhain. Her name is Beth Morgan. I love my very talented critique partner, Gwen Hayes, who just landed a spectacular 2-book YA deal with Penguin. Gwen particularly is a very low-profile, professional person, and I think she’s rubbed off on me a little. When we “met” she said she wasn’t sure she had anything to offer me, because I had published so much more. Ha. Ha. Ha.
I haven’t really been blogging because I haven’t had much to say. The grand dramas of the internet seem like soap operas to me. I can just turn them off, and turn them on a few days later to see it’s more of the same.
I’m enjoying writing, and writing a variety of things–and publishing them. From short stories for a New Jersey magazine to Irish love stories for anthologies to things that you all might one day see published somewhere you recognize. Right now I’m on edits to the sequel to The Egyptian Demon’s Keeper.
And there we have it. The thing I’ve done wrong for five (or more?) years. Cared about the world of writing more than writing. It started with Triskelion, and I never let it go. The inferiority complex, the intrigue, the drama. The things that really interfere with (at least in my case) creativity.
Now, thanks partly to a very trying year, those dramas seem so incredibly unimportant. Because really–aren’t they? In a year when so many are hurting, jobless, even hopeless, does it make much sense to worry about whether someone at RWA lifted an eyebrow or if some agent is “mean”? Nah.
So if anyone should read this, please help me reach out to aspiring authors. Tell them not to worry. Tell them to write and write because they enjoy it. Or to take up tap dancing, if that’s what they prefer. Because every day is a precious gift, and you get to choose how to spend it.
Right now, I’m going to put on some Christmas music and wrap gifts, and then get back to edits.