Monday, January 18, 2010

Back to School, Back to Work

The haze from my wisdom teeth experience is now lifting, and it is time to get back to business. For the first time in a year, I will be attending classes, which is great. I will be balancing that while working less hours and finding a way to make my budget work. Thankfully, I have a fairly hefty tax return coming in for a little bit of back up.

I have only submitted a few stories so far, and am realizing that writing requires a near impossible amount of patience. When I write, I need to be careful not to rush my stories, and be patient in their development. Editing and rewriting take their toll as well, but for me, waiting is the hardest part. Publishers seem to be content to let a story sit for weeks without so much as a confirmation that they will look at it. Maybe I am just being needy.

Not all publishers are like this. I have recently submitted a story to The Harrow Press, and they have communicated every step of the way. They sent a confirmation email about an hour after my submittal, and when I had a small question, they got back to me in fifteen minutes. I am very impressed, and pleased to work with them. Now, I just hope they accept it.

For the month of January, I have written nearly 12,500 words, which means I am 5,500 behind. While that is doable, I would like to keep my writing a little closer to my goals. I will work to catch up within the next three or four days.

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