Going off grid…

So, for those of you who read this blog (mostly family. Hi mom. Hi dad.) you will know that hubby and I will be moving soon. A week and half to be precise, so I’m going to hold of on posts until we’re settled in our new abode. We’re hoping for a house with a yard, but we’ll have to see what the rental market is like in NC. We’ve heard good things. I’m keeping my mind open.

One thing I can say: Texas, you will not be missed. Your summers are too insanely hot for me, and although you’ve given us some great BBQ, I’m not sure that’s enough to make me stay. Or ever come back. I have no doubt that NC will bring it’s own share of challenges, but you can’t beat being on a few hours from the coast.

I might be posting small posts on my FB page (follow me there, if you haven’t!), but I’ll reserve posting here until we’re better settled.

Until then, happy reading.

Journal Submissions, and a five year plan.

I promised that I’d tell you the five year plan, and here it is: I want to get published. In between writing this blog I’ve been submitting my most recent story to different journals, and I’m waiting back for the rejection letters. That may sound pessimistic, but I’d rather be realistic, and the odds aren’t in my favor. That’s fine. It’s helping my get my foot in the door by simply getting my name out there. While I’m doing that I’m working on my next book.

I had the idea in my head before I started at Goddard, and I didn’t end up using it for my thesis because I knew it wasn’t the right time for it. I hadn’t given it time to simmer before trying to write it. Now, after having worked on it for a few months, it’s coming together slowly, but I find that I’m having to make fewer edits because I know the world so well. In five years I either want to have the manuscript finished, and looking for agents, or at least somewhere in that ballpark.

I wish I could be free spirited, but I need structure. I need a five year plan, and I feel really driven and motivated now that I have one.

That’s really all I have for today. It’s pretty busy around here right now, so it had to be short, sweet, and to the point.

I hope everyone is having a good week.

When you figure out your five year plans by being around family.

Sorry this is coming out several hours later than it should. I woke up with a horrible migraine, and it only just recently became manageable. We finally got back from vacation last Friday, and everything seemed to go wrong as soon as we got home.

Our washer overflowed on Saturday all over our kitchen and into our living room, so we spent all of that day and the next trying to mitigate the damage from the water, and luckily our maintenance guy said that it wouldn’t be a problem after coming to check up on us over the weekend. I feel bad for calling him on a weekend, but I didn’t want to wait until the next Monday to let them know what happened. Luckily, he had a wet/dry vacuum that sucked up the water out of the carpet, and there doesn’t seem to be any lasting damage because the rugs we had in the kitchen seemed to have prevented the water from spreading. Bless those two $20 Target rugs. We lost one, but the other one dried out without a problem.

Since we got back to the apartment later than I had planned, I’ve been trying to figure out a timeline to start sending out my most recent short story to journals. There are at least twenty that I’ve liked, and they started accepting submissions at the beginning of the new year, but I’m still a bit nervous. I’m not worried about getting rejected. I rather expect that, but I’m a little bit daunted about writing that many cover letters, and making sure that my piece is as good as it can be before sending it out. It’s come a long way since the first draft, and I like it much more now, but I’m still worried that my writing isn’t mature enough. I guess we won’t know until I start sending it out for responses, huh?

Other than that, I’ve finally figured out a five year plan. I was inspired by my sisters-in-law when we were back in Colorado.They both are diligent, and I must admit that I feel rather inadequate around the two of them.

One is studying to be a vet, and I’ve never met a smarter, or more studious, lady. I wish I had her drive, and I love talking to her about her work because she is so passionate. She even gave Hoshi (our dog) a mock check up while we were there. We also think a lot alike, or at least it feels that way to me, so I love having someone to talk to who understands how my mind works.

The other is down at the Air Force Academy, and every time I see her she’s become more mature and confident about who she is, and what she wants to do with her time in service. I also love that she hasn’t lost any of her passion for shopping and girly things while being there. I was afraid when she started school that her vivacious spirit might be dulled a little bit during the course of the training (I certainly couldn’t do it), but if anything, she has simply grown to be better than she was before.

They both inspired me to try harder, and be more confident, in trying to get my writing out there. Thus, my five year plan was born, but you’ll just have to wait until next week to find out exactly what that is!!

 

Skiing in Colorado!

So, the weather turned bad, and when it snows in CO, you go skiing.  I’m not a good skier, but I do enjoy it, and I learned how to ski backwards today.

We should be driving back tomorrow (hopefully), and then I can get back to writing. As much as I love being home, I miss the comfort of our own apartment, and I have a hard time writing with a lot of people around.

I hope the weather has been nice everywhere else, and I hope the holidays weren’t too tiring.