Thursday, May 21, 2009

What’s Going On

Good question. What IS going on? Someone asked me that the other day and my response was, “Same ole crap, new week.” Which basically sums it up, I guess. Nothing brand spanking new to report.

I am writing, working away, trying to stay more focused on the creative side and less on the business side for the time being. Although my brain is always jumping ten steps ahead of where I’m at so to say I’ve been entirely successful on that account would be a lie. Currently I’m planning on entering two manuscripts in one contest. One completed manuscript to give it another shot at an editor I’m interested in, and a new manuscript that has a first draft completed and could use some outside feedback. The new manuscript I’m also going to put in a couple of other contests next month as well.

Once the contest entries are completed, I’ll continue plugging away to get this ready to ship out to agents and editors, which hopefully will be ready to do by September-ish. That leaves me October to brainstorm my NaNo mss (a planned revamping of Juicy Lucy and her Big Bat – my brother’s title, not mine) and fire off query letters.

I am not going to Nationals this year. I made that decision early on and I don’t really regret it, much as I enjoy the experience. I felt there wasn’t anything new to sell at this point, whereas next year I should have four finished products to sell, possibly five. And, if the writing gods smile upon me favourably, maybe I won’t have to sell anything in Nashville, maybe I’ll get to promote something that’s sold instead. Fingers crossed.

Meanwhile, in every day life, I am working hard to maintain my optimism and keep my stress levels down. I am successful some of the time, and a walking disaster at other times. Sometimes the battles feel epic and the war never-ending, but I feel my old optimism creeping back and slowly gaining the upper hand. My mother will be happy to hear this. She said over the past few months my eyes looked dead and I had stopped laughing, which, for anyone who has spent any time with me knows, I spend a large part of my day laughing. Or I did. And I’m starting to again. So boo-yah on that.

The weather has not been cooperating with my plans to get my yard and gardens ready for summer, but that appears to be turning. I got a little done by taking an afternoon off work on a sunny day. Hopefully tonight I will get a little more done. Bit by bit I will conquer the dandelions and get my gardens cleared and replanted…

Eating right and working out have been a struggle the past few weeks. Once boot camp ended I think I fell off the wagon hard. I’m getting back on it this week, at least workout wise. The eating…well the meals are healthy but the snacks are killing me! So today I have called a bit of a moratorium on that. I don’t want to undo all the good I’ve done to date. I’m hoping by late fall I will have saved up enough to hire a personal trainer to push me that last little bit.

And that is about all that is going on here in Crazy Town.


Lexi said...

Hang in there, Kelly! YOu'll come out on top. I can tell with your outlook (even when you weren't laughing).

Anne MacFarlane said...

I understand about National, you really have to make it count when you spend all that money to go.

Good luck with those contests.

Bonnie Ferguson said...

Sending good vibes for those contests! :)

Toni Anderson said...

Kelly, I'm thinking of you. Keep your chin up. I'll miss you at Nationals--and this will be my last one until I win the lottery :)

Tess said...

Thanks for the update, Kelly - glad you're managing to write through all the other craziness in your world. I too am hoping for Nashville - it would be nice to connect again at a National conference at some point :)

Hope your weather improves soon - we too have had a cool spring.