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Writing and waiting

It’s been a hard summer for me as far as writing goes. I’ve been in a funk, a writing depression, a walled-in place of little inspiration. I realized I was/am experiencing burn-out from a combination of things, burn-out exhibiting itself as low-grade depression and writer’s block. That’s no fun!writer's block

 

 

 

… until a week ago, on August 23, when inspiration hit!

I was talking with one of my daughters about a frustrating, exasperating, tiring situation that’s ongoing (not as a caregiver) and that affects a few of us in the family. Pausing to consider it a moment, I said … “hmm … that could be a story for a picture book!” Shortly afterward I sat at my desk and wrote a very rough first draft of that story idea. I don’t have a satisfying ending for it yet, mainly because there has not been one found for the real-life situation, so that’s something I’ll have to dream up as is fitting for a picture book. I’m happy, though, because it is my August draft for 12×12.

And writer’s block was moved aside.

That’s always good news. Other good news happened today, too.

I’ve got some manuscripts which I haven’t submitted anywhere yet. It’s hard not ever hearing back, or getting rejection replies, so I think I was just not ready to chance it again. In 12×12, members were offered a special opportunity to submit to a publisher looking for new work, with the promise ALL would be read and our work would not be left in the ‘slush pile’. This evening (Aug 30) I took a chance and submitted the story I wrote in February. I did it! It’s gone, I received email confirmation that it was received, and now my wait has begun. If they are interested in working with me I’ll hear back within five months. If not … *sigh*

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In the meantime, I have to get out my other work and get more of them submission ready. And continue writing new stories, of course. That will help fill in the time while playing the waiting game. I need positive creative distractions to keep myself writing.

How are you at waiting? 

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

I am the featured guest — my first interview!!

Okay, so I am a little excited today! 

I am usually the one asking the questions, the one doing the interviewing, but today I am the guest on Leanne Dyck’s blog!  Yes, I am!

Last year I received an email from Leanne saying she was interested in featuring me on her blog. I was sincerely puzzled. I am not an author in the way one expects an author to be … with a published book and all that good stuff. I thought she had misunderstood something about me. When I replied to her she clarified that no, she made no mistake, and having checked out my blog she was interested in interviewing me.  ME!  Wowsers!

Unfortunately, 2013 was a jumble of things so that I couldn’t even put my mind to writing anything for her. When I finally got something completed she was booking far ahead. It’s been a wait, but today I am delighted to say I have been interviewed!  🙂

I hope you will visit Leanne Dyck’s writer’s blog HERE and while visiting leave a comment for me. We look forward to meeting you there!

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂