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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Take a Chance

Acceptance! The editor took my second story. Yep, that's right. After my first story got rejected I dared to submit a second. He liked it and a contract will be on its way sometime this week.

What I've learned in this business that many writers don't take a chance. They send one story and if it's rejected - before submissions close - they don't try a second time.

Take the chance. If the editor doesn't like the first tale. Try again.

One never knows. It might just pay off.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Rejection. All part of an author's life. As I once heard at a convention, if you get rejections than you're a writer. I'm a writer. I got a rejection.

What I also have is a wonderful story to send some where else.

It's been a good week.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Doll Houses & Writing

Over the weekend our local museum sponsored the annual Miniature show. I spent most of Saturday touring the booths and discovering new little treasures I had to have to complete various in process projects. I also encountered one of the sellers who wanted a copy of my book, which of course, I pretty much promptly ran home and got for him. He was very grateful, and I think a bit surprised, that I had done that.

Granted I lived close to the hotel and it really wasn't that much trouble. Besides, I had lunch at home and then returned for a few more hours of shopping and talking to vendors I have gotten to know over the years. Not to mention looking at the various exhibits, local clubs and individuals love to show off their tiny scenes and doll houses, which are all a part of the fun. There is such creativity here.

Creativity I also use not just to build and decorate doll houses myself, but also use them in stories and upcoming planned books. Yep, you guessed it, all my houses have stories and eventually I'm hoping to turn them into a series of novels.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Returning to work

In a few days I go back to work full-time. Truthfully, I have mixed feelings about it because I like having free time to write, keep up my house, run errands, or watch movies in the afternoon. It is a blessing because the unemployment extensions run out at the end of year and who knows if they'll be continued given the current chaos in the gov and the upcoming elections.

I have enjoyed my on and off again time of being unemployed. The extra time has allowed me to launch my writing career and given me much needed rest time. I'm not saying there hasn't been a down side. Finances have been tight and I haven't been able to travel very much, the latter of which I enjoy doing .

There are still looming deadlines which I have to make and learning to better manage my time will be a challenge in order to meet them. I know of many writers who both work and write. Today's economic climate demands they do so because writing is considered a 'hobby' and not a real profession. Besides, I don't know of many writers who would thrive living on the streets or in their cars.

So as I toddle off to rejoin the rat race I keep in mind that the money generated will be keep a roof over my head and food on my table. What I will be doing isn't my 'real' career. It never will be. It's what I call the 'money job' since all I ever think about is writing.

I am a writer. Plain and simple.