It’s been a tough week. Lots of thinking, planning, plotting and world building and the kids are on Spring Break. We weren’t able to travel but we did take in a movie yesterday and tomorrow we are to spend the day at Carowinds. The familiar whines of boredom are in full force but I refuse to listen.
I hate those “back in my day” stories, but lets be honest. I didn’t have a Playstation II (we own three of them) in my own bedroom with countless games, I didn’t have a television in my own bedroom (hell, I didn’t even have cable growing up), I didn’t my choice of four computers to play on – all with high-speed internet access, I didn’t have a garage full of bikes and motorcycles, I didn’t have a trampoline and I certainly didn’t have a neighborhood full of friends to play with. So give me a freakin’ break!
I’ve had little time to write and only have about 1000 words written this week.
One thing I’ve decided is to decrease my time messing around online. Writers Forums are a great resource but they can also be a time waster.
Angela Miller and I traveled to the Virginia Festival of the Book over the weekend. I was really alot of fun and she and I chatted like we were old friends instead of two writers who met in a Writers Forum.
We met many great authors, purchased a few books and went to a few great panels. I’ll certainly try to attend next year.
What I took away from the festival is that there are many writers out there, all with the same dream that I have. I realize the odds are against me and so my “product” must be better than the competition and networking is crucial.
Although I have to admit, I really didn’t get much new information out of the Agents Panel. I felt more informed than the average attendee about the whole process, although it is still a bit overwhelming.
If I take anything away from the experience, it is that the odds are extremely stacked against me. So what’s new? The odds have always been against me but I’ve always prevailed. It is no different with my writing.