Monday, November 18, 2013

Princess Bride

We've started watching old movies on Sundays with our kids. Stuff like Mary Poppins, Wizard of Oz, and Disney classics. Our five-year-old can get nervous about some of the newer animated films (Mufasa! Nooooo!), but he's really enjoying a lot of our carefully-explained Sunday choices.

So a few weeks ago we watched The Princess Bride. And tonight, whenever I ask him to do something, he's been responding with "As you wish."

It's really cute.

I love him, too.

Monday, November 11, 2013


Submitting! Submitting?

I don't know which punctuation the word deserves.

I'm sort of nervous. Sort of so wrapped up in real life that maybe I'll be distracted and submitting will be easy. Sort of unsure about everything, except that if I don't send my manuscripts to agents, I won't get an agent. So.

I've actually been taking a break from all submission stuff since the birth of my third son. I couldn't get time off from my teaching job, and, of course, I still had to keep my two older children alive. I needed less stress, and while I couldn't give up writing without going crazy, I could easily give up the submitting process (whereby I send out many emails to agents and get requests and wait and revise and wait some more). So I worked on some agent-requested revisions. And wrote my third book. And kept my kids alive, and taught, and read, and lived...

Now I'm back to the submitting. Back to the Absolute Write Water Cooler forums (once I make another post--I've been a silent lurker for ages now, it seems, and I'm strangely nervous!), and querytracker and contests and all the rest. It's hard and it's scary, but I'm really glad other authors endure it because then I can read their books. And if there's one thing I love, it's reading a good book.

Writing's fun, too. Sometimes.

So if you're submitting, too, I wish you the best of luck.I applaud your courage, whether you get an agent this round or go back to revisions, And for those of you who persevered and got agents, hooray!


From here. I could visit this path quite happily. Mmm...peaceful submitting path...