Howdy, folks! I’m checking in from my “writer’s retreat” mini-cation, which so far has been almost a total… bust.
On Saturday, I attended the Florida Writer’s Workshop in Tampa, spending the full day hobnobbing with other writers (they’re so interesting to talk to!) and learning as much about the craft of writing as I possibly could. The conference was fantastic, and every session and speaker was interesting and helpful (more about all of this in future posts). However, given the commute and the time there, I didn’t get much of a chance to work on my own material in any way but in my head. Though I spent nine hours talking shop, it wasn’t specific to my projects. Furthermore, as a Great Sadness, my first page was not randomly selected for the Writers’ Got Talent critique at the conference (no, no, it’s okay, I knew it was a long shot, I’ll be fine *single tear drifts down cheek*).
Then on Sunday, I had to run to the office to take care of a few things I hadn’t been able to clean up on Friday. Once done, I started my writer’s retreat. Except the laptop I ordered and picked up that day was a total dud. I kid you not. It took five minutes just for the computer to turn on, then an additional fifteen minutes for Word to load!
I should note here, as this will sound strange, that while I’m treating this little mini-cation as a writer’s retreat, I am not alone and able to do whatever I want. Returning the laptop was not an option until late afternoon today. Nonetheless, I am now writing from my faster, brand-new (and more expensive) laptop. I set it up when I got back and then… procrastinated.
However, I have good news! I received a response back from the agent who critiqued my query as part of the Writer’s Digest 4th Annual Science Fiction and Fantasy virtual conference a few weeks ago (that’s a mouthful). GUYS, she asked me to send her an actual query submission when she opens in the fall! My query needs work, but the concepts intrigued her enough to inspire a request for a real submission! I’m just… LAAAA!
The only downside is that Cursed won’t be quite ready by then. In fact, I’m in the process of rewriting it–my assignment this week is to lay a firmer foundation so that the words will flow effortlessly. I’ll aim to send it to the agent by the time her next submissions period opens. But what a confidence booster! I’m thankful to her for the kind words and guidance, and you might be able to tell I’m a little pleased.
So, in spite of the crazy that has happened (the lack of a laptop has been the primary issue), I worked tonight for 45 minutes. It’s not a lot, but it’s still 45 minutes closer to 80 hours. I’ll take it. But I have the rest of the week to pack in as many hours as I can, and you better believe that I will (especially after that response. Dang, I’m thrilled!).
Current Standing: 7.75/80 hours