I’ve always thought of Valentine’s day as a holiday for the unmarried, despite the origins of the holiday originating around Saint Valentine and his marrying of young couples.
And I think it is a wonderful thing when children get to make boxes and get cards. I enjoyed it as a child and my children did as well. I sort of wish this had been a thing at the offices I worked at.
I don’t like the hecticness of it, the rush to buy a present and/or card, reservations for dinner, waiting for dinner, and then trying to have a conversation with your loved one when you can barely hear above the din of noise.
As a married person, I have a day just for my spouse and me, June 15th, our anniversary.
I have spent the holiday alone, when my husband has worked or when he was deployed. And I usually would get myself a box of chocolates, a microwave dinner and settle in with a movie, or better a good book.
This year, I’m planning on making my husband dinner and I’m hoping for a box of chocolates. 🙂
I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day my dear reader, however you choose to celebrate it.
As those of you who have read my blog for years know, my husband is a Veteran of the Armed Forces. Every Christmas I play this video in honour of those serving for their country around the world. Thank you for your service and thanks to the families who miss them this Holiday Season.
So I’ve finally started submitting The Courtesan of Constantinople to Publishers. I’d spent six months looking for an Agent and didn’t get feedback – positive or negative steering me in a direction that required changes to the manuscript.
I got a lot of letters saying, “I like this and that, but don’t feel I’m right for this project.” So started to wonder if I missed the boat on Steampunk. Hard to say. I did a couple Twitter parties and nothing there either.
While I submitted to Agents 5-10 at a time. I was doing large batch by January. 🙂 For Publishers, I only do about 3 at a time. I don’t expect to hear back from any of them until May. Because they are larger houses I may not hear back at all. I think I’ve been spoiled by the almost instant responses of small presses 🙂
In the meantime, I’ll work on Alchemists of Archangel and maybe Ryder Hard if I get blocked, just to keep moving. Also, I have this book about writing I want to do, so plenty to keep me busy while I hurry up and wait.
There comes a time when you have to quit editing and declare a project done. Move on to the next one. I’ve reached that point with Courtesan.
I’ve done all I can with the novel.
I’ve layered and cut producing a novel of 54,333 words.
Does it mean there aren’t corrections to make? Of Course not but I need another set of eyes at this point. I’ve asked for some BETA help, to get that big picture feel, but I can’t continue edits without wrecking voice.
The good news. This is ready to get looked at by an agent or editor. In my opinion, any changes that need to be made will be to satisfy the readership, not me. And that’s okay, I’m used to working with editors to make appropriate changes. That’s part of meeting reader expectation.
Now its time to move on to Book 2: The Alchemists of Archangel.
Hopefully, The Courtesan of Constantinople doesn’t sit too long on my virtual shelf, trying to find a home.~Tina
I’m not talking about dotting your i’s and crossing your t’s here, or finding spelling mistakes, although those are important.
I’m talking about looking at your work as a whole and saying to yourself – is this working or why isn’t this working.
I’ve finished up my 2nd round of layering and usually when I do the layering I find other issues. And I’ve found some frivolous plot lines that need to be dealt with. I can still use them, but they don’t make sense so I need to dig deeper.
I need to make these plot points stronger to thread through this series on a bigger level. I have a lot of side notes like “Needs to be more significant” or “what are you trying to say”
This is an interesting process – I have to be objective looking at these items and I’ve been fortunate that I’m usually willing to change plot lines if necessary and I think this is necessary.