I haven’t posted in forever! I’ve had a ton of things happening in my life, so it’s been a bit difficult to try and find the time to sit down and write about what’s happening to me and update you all on the progress of Neon Girlfriend.
First thing, my husband was away on a business trip for a super extended period of time, so I’ve been trying to spend the majority of my free time with him. We got to go back to Colorado and visit family soon after the new year since we didn’t make it back for Christmas, and that was such a blessing. The weather driving from Boise to Denver was terrible, the highway was closed about halfway there, not to mention we had car troubles even before starting our drive, so that fact that we got there in two days still seems like a little bit of a miracle.
We have a couple other trips planned, one ski trip and one warm weather trip. I’m not gonna lie, I’m looking forward to both, but I desperately need to do some swimming, so the warm weather trip is a little higher up on the excitement meter for me. Either way, it’ll be great to spend some time away from work. I may have to take work with me on our ski trip, but I’m hoping to have things completed beforehand. Either way, I’m going to seriously catch up on all the reading I’ve been meaning to do. I must have six or seven books piled up that I’ve been meaning to get through.
Speaking of work! Holy smokes, Neon Girlfriend is done. This is a draft I’m really confident about. It’s sitting right at 70,000 words, which I know is a little short, but I’ll be sending it to a professional editor in March! I keep bouncing between excitement and nervousness like the ball in a racket ball court.
I’m currently going through and adding little details, fixing typos, and generally trying to make it as polished as possible before sending it off so that the comments I get back aren’t things I already know need work.
Still, it’s so exciting! I keep telling people that I have to send it off to an editor and I swear I puff my chest out a little bit. Yes, I still need to find agents who are accepting manuscripts, but I’m still one step closer to publication.
My game plan for that is to find agents that look like a good match and try my hand at that while still considering smaller presses and self-publishing venues. I’ve done so many hours of research on each avenue of publishing that I don’t think I can take any off the list until I’ve given each a shot.
Overall, things have just been going really well for me and mine. I couldn’t be happier with that.
I’m currently cherry-picking my way through Daemon Voices, a series of essays and talks Phillip Pullman has given on writing and craft over the years. Books on the craft, or other authors talking about writing in general, always inspire me. I tend to hold them closest of all!
Any pointers on how to best receive edits for your work without being too emotional? I’m sure I’ll need help on that front!
I hope all is well with you and yours, dear readers!
Until next time!