I had hoped that the writers’ conference I attended the last month in Melbourne would have done something towards creating that spark one needs to kick-start my writing again.
Fat chance: For some unknown reason I just can’t seem to get into my current works in progress. I had high hopes that I would have at least finished my two novellas by now to leave me time to write my prequel to Out of the Darkness. It is becoming rather disheartening that my motivation seems to have fizzled out… for now at least.
What didn’t help of course was the collapse of my US publisher at the commencement of this month. Even though they have reverted my publishing rights for my two books [and mum’s novel] it does mean that I have to start all over again trying to find a publisher willing to take them on.
That, and also waiting to hear back from the publishers that I had pitched to at the RWA Conference for Out of the Darkness. Of the three publishers [not mentioning any names for fear of jinxing myself] I haven’t heard back at all just yet. What caught me off guard though this week was receiving an email from a publisher I had submitted the book to in April and had totally discounted due to five months that had elapsed from when I had sent the book to them with the following response:
Thank you for your manuscript submission.
We apologise for the delay in response, we have had a change in staff which has unfortunately resulted in a backlog of submissions.
We appreciate your patience, and we endeavour to assess your manuscript over the next month.
So there’s still hope out there then??
There is also hope for The Sword and the Rose; Embrace Amidst Orange Blossoms; and Mum’s book A Tangled Web when the publisher I contacted in the UK [again not mentioning any names – I’m not usually superstitious, but it doesn’t hurt to keep quiet just in case] regarding them sent me the following acknowledgement:
How lovely to hear from you – and I am sorry to hear about what’s happened to Secret Cravings.
I’ve actually moved on and work on a different imprint, but will send these over to my colleagues on the acquisition team, who I’m sure will be in touch in due course.
So with all these things happening in my writing world and having recently started with a new day job to keep the income coming in to pay the bills my brain seems to have fried itself to the point where I am getting headaches and dizzy spells. So much so that a visit to the doctor got me referred to have an MRI of my brain resulting to a further referral to see a specialist. The appointment has been scheduled [at a cost of $400 for the consultation] and I’m due to see him in a couple of weeks. No doubt he’ll confirm there is a brain, but will he be able to tell whether it is truly fried?
My free time these days comprises of being either on Facebook, LinkedIn, watching TV, helping around the house or reading. I just wish I could do some writing… I do miss my characters and the mischief they get into. I expect there will come a time that something will snap and I’ll be joining in their adventures once again.
RLB – Tomewriter