Monday, April 27, 2009

Writing Woes

"Read, read, read. Read everything—trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the most. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it is good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out the window." - William Faulkner

Happy Monday!

I didn't make my writing challenge goal over the weekend (7500 words), but I did write (2000 on one story, 1000 on another), so that was something. Still, it was frustrating to struggle to write. I have the stories in my brain, but when I try to put them on paper, it's nearly impossible.

Speaking of stories, I've withdrawn my submission of "Return to Stiller Creek" from Resplendence Publishing. When I initially submitted, I received an auto-reply that indicated my submission was rec'd and that they respond in 6 - 12 weeks. I waited twelve weeks with no response, so I emailed them (per the instructions in the auto-reply). Waited 10 days with no response. So, yesterday, I emailed them a request to withdraw the story from consideration.

Clearly they publish authors, so I imagine they respond to some people. I'm not certain why I was unable to get a response from anyone. It was disappointing, to say the least. My first truly negative experience with a publishing house.

I'm shelving Stiller Creek for now until I decide what I want to do. Should I make the revisions requested by the editor at Samhain, even though I disagree strongly with one of the suggestions? Should I let the desire to see it in print slip away and submit it to The Wild Rose Press? Or should I see if I can add an additional 10k words so that it meets the print guidelines for them? Should I look for a completely different publisher? I'm not sure what the right answer is, so will mull it over for a bit.

Today, with any luck, I'm going to till my veggie garden and put in the cold weather crops. Tuesday will be our last truly warm day, and then we'll be going back to the usual temps for spring in NH. The planting guidelines here are -- no planting "soft" crops (annuals, tomatoes, peppers, etc) until Memorial Day. Last year our last frost was about 3 weeks prior to that, but the one time I disregarded that "rule" and planted the Friday prior to Memorial Day, it SNOWED the next day. So, now I listen.

My wild turkey has found a friend, and brought her to visit the other day. I haven't seen them in two days, though, and hope they are okay. Maybe she's laying eggs? I'd love to see a little flock of babies in a couple months.

How was your weekend?


You Are Vitamin C

You are responsible and good at taking care of yourself. Your health comes first.

As far as you're concerned, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

It's likely you eat well, exercise frequently, and avoid stress.

And because of this, you're quite healthy and free from illness.

Um... not really.



MJFredrick said...

Hugs on making that decision! You'll find a solution. And YAY---you wrote!

Sarita Leone said...

Sorry the submission didn't work out the way you hoped. I'm sure you will find the perfect home for your story! I can't wait to read it. :)

Here we spent a good part of the weekend (most of it) outdoors. I puttered in the garden, finally planted a couple of things in the greenhouse and took a walk in the meadow. We've got butterflies again, and I'm just so happy to see them. Small things matter, you know?

Love it that you got some writing done. Good for you!

Hope you have a great Monday.

groovyoldlady said...

I've had one rejection and never pulled the story out again. It's a children's short story and, according to the girlies (who ought to know) quite good. Perhaps it's time to resubmit.

Keri Mikulski said...

Keep writing!! :)

Frustrating.. Can you resubmit??

My word verification is 'groins' LOL!

Brandy said...

Sorry to hear of your disappointing submission. It sounds as though they don't know quite how to run a publishing venue.
We need to plant our seedlings, probably tomorrow as they are getting big.
According to the quiz, I am Vitamin D:You're a naturally strong person. You've always had a lot of endurance.
You can survive what would make most people crumble. You have both mental and physical strength.
You don't do a lot to stay healthy - you just live a pretty natural lifestyle.
You stay away from processed junk, sleep like a baby, and get plenty of sunshine!

Um, not so much. I don't sleep well and cake is my favorite food. *G* But, I do exercise regularly. So at least there's that. *G*

I hope you have a nice day with warm weather!

Dru said...

Sorry about the submission. I would keep it on the back burner, come back to it and resubmit elsewhere.

The fact that you wrote 3,000 words is a greater accomplishments than writing zero words. Keep on writing. Your muse will come.

You Are Vitamin A

You see the world vividly. You are a very visual person, and you pay special attention to colors.

And while you appreciate a sunny, beautiful day - you also like the subtle visuals of night.

You are youthful both in appearance and spirit. You are likely healthier than average.

You shine brightly and are best in small doses. Too much of your company can be overwhelming and even dangerous.
This is right on the money.

Ceri Hebert said...

Well, I've flunked gardening 101. We planted our tomotos. Maybe we can unplant them. Our garden is very small, so planting it all was not very impressive, sorry to say.

Sorry to hear about your experience with Resplendence. I don't understand why publishers (and agents) can't make a small effort to respond if they're not interested. Even a form email (unless they're responding to one of their own authors) would be sufficient.

I'm sure you'll find a good home for it.

Allie Boniface said...

Sorry to hear about RP's lack of response. What's the suggestion from SP that you disagree with? Is there a compromise you can find? is it the same editor you've worked with before?

Diane Craver said...

I withdrew my Whitney manuscript from RP. I'm happy to be with Desert Breeze. Another author waited 6 months from RP and received a rejection. I'm sorry you didn't have a better experience and get a response.

Good luck on placing it elsewhere - I'm sure you will soon.