Flipping the Writing Schedule and Hot Yoga Visions

February 26, 2014 § 1 Comment

February 26, 2014

I was feeling a bit stagnified in my writing. (Okay, I know stagnified isn’t technically a word, but it does come close to describing my feeling.) I’m still working on queries. That’s possibly why I feel like I’m getting nowhere. So I decided to change my schedule and shake something loose. Instead of working out in the morning and writing in the evening, I switched it around so that I am writing in the morning and working out in the evening.


That means I get to take the new hot yoga classes I signed up for courtesy of Groupon. I love this hot yoga class. Nothing stirs creative images like pouring sweat in a dark room while trying to touch the ceiling with the bottom of your foot. Hmm. Maybe those were hallucinations I was having. Never mind. I’m sticking with creative thoughts.

Because of this schedule change, I get out of bed a lot quicker in the morning, too, because I actually look forward to sitting down at the kitchen table to write. Even if it is just my journal and my sucky queries that I’m writing at the moment.

It’s too early to tell if I’m being more productive with this new routine. But I’m sure having a lot more fun.

How to Procrastinate Doing Query Letters

February 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

February 19, 2014

  1. Read comic books.
  2. Do housework.
  3. Do laundry.
  4. Paint toenails.
  5. Collect book jacket blurbs from Goodreads.
  6. Go to the movies.
  7. Collect more book jacket blurbs from Goodreads.
  8. Go to the movies again.
  9. Analyze the book jacket blurbs for that magic hook.
  10. Listen again to the NPR interview with the writers of Dallas Buyers Club on how sheer will and tenacity got the movie made.


It’s really time to stop procrastinating.

What I'd rather do than work on query letters.

What I’d rather do than work on query letters.

Chaos Rectified. Great. No More Excuses.

February 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

February 5, 2014

Thursday evening: all my workshop, conference, and pitch papers are separated into stacks. Grey Bear wonders what the heck I think I’m going to do with all this. Red Bow Bear is just happy she doesn’t have to deal with it.


Saturday afternoon. Not much better. Managed to add more stacks. Grey Bear is really happy that all he has to do in this house is hold up my Django hat.


Two and a half hours and an aching back later, it’s done. Trust me when I say that I am much happier about this than The Three Bears are. And they didn’t lift one finger to help.


Lest you think I just threw everything into a closet, forced the door shut, and propped a tall piece of furniture in front of it, here is the proof: all the papers organized in notebooks and placed neatly back on the bookshelf. (Please excuse the condition of the dictionary. At least it’s well-used!) This kind of miracle hasn’t happened since that time I took a week off to finish the last Harry Potter book and clean the garage. In that order.


My new working query and pitch book. Oh. That means I actually have to work now. Damn it.


Great. Just More Chaos to Contend With.

January 29, 2014 § 2 Comments

January 29, 2014

In last week’s episode of Nashville (a show I am currently a little obsessed with), country star Rayna Jaymes is coaching her faltering, fledgling artist on what it takes to make it in the business. She tells her that she has to

“. . . want this more than you hate all those other things.”

I find this fitting as I head into the querying process.

I just have to get all my market and industry and draft papers in order. I thought I was close to having it almost under control, I really did. Then, somehow, this happened.


 The cat seems totally okay with it. But I am not.

I know, this whole organizing kick I’m on may seem like I am just putting off the inevitable, kind of like cleaning house instead of sitting down to write. But I am at the point when I really do have to get my system into some sort of cohesion.  I have to step away from the fun, messy, creative phase and embrace the not-so-fun, ordered, business phase. Because I really want to get my book out there more than I hate sorting all my old notes and planning my attack on all these intimidating market leads.

The cat seems happy either way. Maybe I should be taking notes. If I could just find a blank notebook. Yeah. Because that’s all I need.

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