I found my notebook. One of my beloved family members put in safely in nightstand drawer and didn’t tell me. I don’t know if I’ll get anything on paper this week, but I have been churning the YA Fantasy plot in my head. I need to go back and make a few changes to the story that I’ve written so far, but it is minor and the plot will flow much smoother.
Looking back over the past year, another thing I’ve developed is TENACITY. This is not to be confused with COURAGE mind you, as courage is usually positive. It’s more along the thought of, “What do you mean I can’t to this? Well, I’ll show you dammit!” or STUBBORNESS.
There have been a few situations where this has come back to bite me. Like, the time I should have called a plumber but didn’t because . . . well . . . I could fix it myself! Or, yes I can cut the entire lawn in thirty minutes!
My tenacity surfaced many times while I was querying my YA Historical and my Adult Literary piece. The following is meant with humor and if any bitterness seeps forth, well sorry about that.
With the YA, I had over twenty requests from agents who all said they liked the book but just didn’t fall in love with it, or historicals are aren’t selling, or it’s a beautiful story and the historical authenticity is inspiring, but alas (I hate ‘alas’ and if you’re not Headmaster Dumbledore, do not use it!) is isn’t something we’re adding to our list right now, or blah, blah, blah.
With the Adult piece, my dialogue was forced (was NOT!), it’s been done before (I don’t believe the agent even read it) or it seems more situated to a local market (well, sorry if Charlotte North Carolina is too backwoods for you. I’ll be sure to tell Patricia Cornwell the next time I see her!).
I suppose I need to channel this lovely trait into something I can use for 2007!