– Premise –
Greetings, my lovely citizens!
I wasn’t feeling well for most of the month and then I got a cold . . . Consequently, I didn’t get nearly as much done this month as I would have liked.
But we shall at least endeavor to gather the few scraps of news. Onto the nutshell!
– The Mousetrap –
The Cumberland County Playhouse is a really fun venue that we try to attend now and then, and typically their productions are very good, but I have to admit, I was disappointed with The Mouse Trap.
There was nothing really intriguing about it. Essentially, it was a lot of people wandered around on stage talking about nothing and hinting at rather unpleasant pasts. It was rather dull, definitely downbeat / morbid, and peppered with some inappropriate moments that make me say . . . I wouldn’t recommend it.
– Reading –
I’ve reached 46 books on this year’s challenge of 150 books. So while I am closing on being a third of the way done – I ALSO ONLY READ / FINISHED 8 BOOKS IN MARCH?????
SOMEHOW THIS MUST CHANGE.
On a nice note, the first reading quarter of the year is over and I will have a post with my favorite reads of 2018 up shortly!
– Writing –
I hardly got any writing done at all this month. Partly due to the fact I wasn’t feeling well, partly because of lack of focus, and partly because I was distracted by editing / rewrites and partly because I just didn’t.
However, I did a decent bit of rewriting as well as planning, and I’ve got some upcoming projects and ideas that I’m really excited about. *hoping they will happen*
AND – there is one piece of exciting writing news –
I GOT PUBLISHED AGAIN!!!! *screams* I AM SO HAPPY. I have been trying to get another piece of flash fiction published since last October/November of last year and it finally happened!!!
I was literally doing the dance moves below when I opened my inbox and saw the email.
Ironically, it came just at the point where I was going to give up on this particular magazine – Splickety. I had approximately eight pieces of flash fiction turned down by Splickety and I was starting to think I’d just let it go.
I was actually about to temporarily set aside my pursuit of getting published in magazines for a while (I was definitely going to set aside Splickety for a while) but now I’m being lured in again and rethinking all my previous plans.
So yeah, lots of reevaluating and new plans. As usual!
– Re-Writes –
Thank you to my very talented alpha reader (my twin) who is patient enough to keep providing me with great feedback! I am still immersed in rewriting The Goose Girl. I’m focusing on not getting frustrated, but there are moments when I feel like I’ll be rewriting this thing for forever and I just want to be DONE.
The inward dialogue looks something like this:
Voice 1: I don’t like rewrites. I want to be finished. Will this ever be over?
Voice 2: YOU JUST STARTED, YOU SILLY LITTLE BOYSENBERRY.
Voice 1: I can’t do this! I don’t know what I’m doing. This is terrible!
Voice 2: Just wait till you have to rewrite one of your 200,000 word length novels a gazillion times!
Voice 1: DAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
And then somewhere at this point I step in and tell them both to be quiet and attempt to simply forge ahead. It must be done!!!
– Editing –
As I mention on a previous post, I am determined to submit The Reluctant Godfather to a professional proof reader / copy editor to have it polished up to perfection for the second edition.
And I finally did. After procrastinating and getting really nervous, I finally bit the bullet and contacted six different editors for sample edits. I should have started earlier in the month that way I could have been proceeding with the edits by now but, hey, at least I did it!
Four proof readers got back to me, and after carefully considering their sample edits, I have almost selected a proof reader and I am about to send my book off to be polished.
While I am sinking a bit of money into this, I am committed to making The Tales of Ambia a tip-top, professional product. Indie publishing is not an excuse for a sloppy product – we should strive to be just as professional as traditionally published authors!
– Beta Reading –
My Goose Girl retelling is in the hands of my beta readers as we speak.
– Bits & Pieces –
More snippets of cleaning and purging. It feels so good to get rid of stuff, guys. It’s freeing to go through piles of stuff (and piles of books I didn’t really want) and just let it go.
Let’s see . . . .
At one point in March, cake was involved.
Milky Way Cake. Yes, I said Milk Way, as in the candy bar.
I also added that fancy, scrolled, divider thingy to this most recent blog post. Surprise!! #awkwardgrin Tell me what you think! Keep it or nix it?
And that’s all for March – except that I finally made a gif for my signature quote / sign off for my nutshell posts.
So what about you, my dear readers? What was your March like and what happened? I’d love to hear all the juicy details!