Wednesday, March 23, 2005
The editor who's had CODE NAME: WILLOW since last November gave me some notes for revision and said that if I'd like to revise the manuscript with her notes in mind, she'd be happy to reconsider it for Silhouette Intimate Moments.
I'm going to put aside, for the moment, the fact that the book was actually targeted for Harlequin Intrigue and bask in the glow of her complimentary comments and the request for revision. Beats the heck out of a form rejection, let me tell you!
Monday, March 21, 2005
So, not quite a final but I'm fairly pleased anyway.
Sunday, March 20, 2005
Now if I could just sell something!
I cried for days during and after the decision to have her put to sleep, and just seeing the photos made me start crying all over again. I didn't cry this much when my father died three years ago.
Why is it that losing a pet makes us so sad? Simi lived fifteen years and had a good life. That's pretty long life for a cat, after all. But I can't stop feeling heart-broken about losing her.
Maybe it's because she needed me. I was responsible for feeding her, cleaning up after her, giving her love and attention. She rewarded me with unmatched devotion, responding with a head butt or a soft mew when I spoke to her. She took obvious delight when I stroked her fur or scratched behind her ears. And I'm told that every morning when I left for work, she walked around the house meowing for me, her voice plaintive as she realized I was gone for another eight hours.
I miss her.
Friday, March 18, 2005
Well, no. It's not. At least, not entirely.
So if you wonder why romance writers choose that particular genre, check out Diana Duncan's answer. It's remarkably personal to her life. At the same time, there's a passage that I think is universal to romance writers:
I hope that through my stories, I can help ease these women’s sufferings a little. I hope they forget their own troubled lives and take off on an adventure with my characters. That they escape from the real world.
And when they finish, when they reach "the end," and close the covers of the book, they go back to their own lives with a little more peace in their hearts.
Better able to cope.
Because in romance novels, good always defeats evil. Tomorrow is a better day. Relationships are mended, hope is restored, love triumphs over all.
As they say, read the whole thing.
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
My single title romantic suspense novel, CRYBABY FALLS, placed first in the Romantic Suspense category of the 2005 Duel on the Delta contest. The judging editor also asked to see the full for either MIRA or HQN (I'm thinking it fits MIRA better, since it's not a pure romance).
You may not be able to tell it from the tone of my post, but I'm way past excited!
Sunday, March 13, 2005
I'm going to give it a week and read back over the last half of the book (where most of the revisions lie) before I print it out and send it to the editor who's requested it.
Monday, March 07, 2005
Oh, well, there are always the other contests I haven't heard from yet...
Friday, March 04, 2005
(I should note that my sister and her children, as well as my widowed mother, all live in the same house with me, hence my anxiety).
I hear that chicken pox is not a pleasant disease to have as an adult. I hope I don't have to find out first hand.