Writerly Advice: Keeping Busy While In The Query Trenches

Hello Readers!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today ūüôā

Today’s post finds me at a time where I am waiting to hear back on some important information.¬† So I thought I might share¬†some of my diversions which are helping me¬†deal with the wait.¬† Since you are most likely a writerly type, this will pertain to you, and you will most likely be able to relate.¬† But many of us wear multiple hats, and some of this might¬†ring true¬†to other areas of your lives as well.¬† I know it does for me.

Diversion #1:  New Manuscript.

once upon a time

As many of you are aware, I recently started a new manuscript.¬† I know, I know.¬† I broke my policy of finishing my fall NaNoWriMo project by the end of the summer (see my Summer Bucket List post for proof).¬† But this new manuscript couldn’t wait.¬† I swear.¬† So in the back of my head, I feel a little bit of guilt about shelving my 2015 NaNo, but it’s okay.¬† No Biggie.

I mention the new manuscript because working on it has kept me busy.¬† Really busy.¬† It’s not keeping me completely sidetracked while I wait, but seriously, it’s helping.¬† And I actually love the fact that I had to let my NaNo sit a little bit, because when my mind feels like the new manuscript has to gel some, I can switch gears back to it.¬† Which is good, but sometimes I feel a little bit like this:

stressed with post its

Except unlike this picture, my sticky notes have things written on them; things that occasionally help me keep ideas organized, but not always.

Diversion #2:  This Blog.

There is nothing more gratifying to me as a writer, than connecting with other writerly types.  This past couple of years, I have spent time with authors, poets, screenwriters, and industry professionals all right here on this blog.   Waiting to hear back as a writer can be tough.  When my mind starts to think the worst, I try to take the bull by the horns and learn something new or share something useful.

Blogs are great for that.¬† Through them, you can pose questions, share helpful information, interview other writers, etc.¬† All of these things aren’t going to make the time go any faster, but they might make the time more pleasurable, and divert your attention somewhat.

Diversion #3:  Read something new.  And review it.

This isn’t rocket science.¬† We like to read.¬† It’s what we do.¬† It’s what we hope to give our own readers.¬† By taking the time to read the works of others, we help to pay it forward.¬† By reviewing the books, perhaps on your blog, you can get a conversation started, thereby helping to pass the time as well.

Diversion #4:  Plan a trip.

journal coins, map

You don’t actually have to take the trip, mind you, but I sometimes got to a travel site and make plans, down to what excursions I’ll take once there.¬† On my “To-Visit” list is The Pacific Northwest, South Dakota, Iceland, Scandinavia, and Austria.¬† There are plenty of other places I’d love to see, but these are just what I have been thinking about as new stories and world’s swirl around in my head.

Hopefully this helps.¬†¬† And as an added bonus, writing this post tonight has helped divert my attention from the waiting game for about an hour or so!¬† To that end, I’m going to get myself a couple of Oreo’s and get back to Diversion #1:¬† my new manuscript.

Happy writing and waiting, everyone!

Time For My Favorite .gif Again!

excited doggie

Dear Readers,

As I have mentioned before, I use this picture a lot, simply because it sums up my happiness.¬† It is the picture of “overjoyed”, which is how I feel today.¬† I take it as a good sign that I have a lot to be happy about lately!

Today’s post is short and sweet, but I wanted to announce the book birthday of the anthology I have a short story in.¬† These little flash fiction gems run the gamut as far as genre and level of feels.¬†¬†And take a look at this fabulous cover!

Summer-Nights-Cover

SUMMER NIGHTS can be ordered at Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Kobo, and a slew of other places.  And if you prefer, you can download a free .pdf.

Here is the official post announcing SUMMER NIGHTS!

Here is the Goodreads page about it!

We hope you all enjoy reading SUMMER NIGHTS.  Thanks so much for your support!

I’m happy to respond to comments below ūüôā

Book Review: The Nobody Show, by Jonathan Dunne

I recently finished Jonathan Dunne’s novel, The Nobody Show. Here is my review!

I have been a fan of Jonathan Dunne’s writing for quite some time. Since his first novel, Balloon Animals, I fell in love with his witty writing, charming yet flawed characters, and plots that always seem to turn by way of the unexpected. His latest book, The Nobody Show, embodies the same characteristics as the others, making me fall in love once again. In this book, however, I felt there was a story within a story, and that is what I loved the most.

From the moment the book begins, the reader is introduced, one by one, to a multitude of strange characters (one being a chimp named Bonnie), who don’t realize they share a dream. As a matter of fact, when reading, I began to wonder when these people would realize how their lives cross under fate’s guide. Jonathan Dunne does a masterful job creating their scenarios as one at a time, he builds a Circus of Nobodies, with dubious circus skills. Each one is crazy-wonderful in their own rite.

It isn’t until the end of the story where the second plot comes into full focus, as the reader witnesses the breakdown of Arthur Lawless, The Circus Master. I was sad yet touched as Arthur fell from “greatness”, as he realized the importance of his family; his rock.

As I wrote earlier, The Nobody Show doesn’t really stray from the Jonathan Dunne Formula which has pleased me so much in the past. However, this book has a sweet side among the absurd. Admittedly, this book is longer than his others, but this is not a bad thing, considering the depth he weaves into The Nobody Show’s plot.

I enjoyed this book, and believe it was worth the wait for its release.

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