So I had a lovely start to my day when I heard from one of the two editors of the Magical Mayhem anthology that “ I couldn’t find anything to improve, not even a typo. It’s ready.” Meaning, of course, my short story Whisper of Shadow. This made me quite happy, as the darn thing has been through four revisions and I would quite like to be finished.
Of course I tweeted that news first thing and some rude, cynical person responded “Or maybe you need a new editor.” Which, frankly, just pissed me off. I have done the work, I’ve done SEVERAL edits, you don’t know me, know nothing of my work, and some of us are actually THOROUGH and do our jobs RIGHT when we write something such that we are able to turn in something that doesn’t need more work. Plus, the list of awards following said editor’s name really kind of belie the idea that he doesn’t know what he’s doing. So to the cynic I say
The writing has been…slow this week. I got a solid 1376 on Sunday, a measly 120 on Monday, and 546 (just over my minimum) on DOTH yesterday. I’m at that place where it sort of hurts, you know? Like starting to run again when you’ve been off a few weeks. Your body remembers but getting back into the groove just kind of sucks. The second half of this book is planned out, but not as thoroughly or clearly as the first half. There are things missing, but I don’t know yet what they are. But whatever. As la Nora says, You can fix bad words but you can’t edit a blank page (or something like that). I’ll keep pushing forward, shooting for my minimum and using my plot bunny as a reward to motivate me. Eventually the mental gears will be greased and things will move at a more rapid pace.
In other more positive news, for those who have been following my mini personal drama trying to find some good contemporary romance to read, I finally had success. Courtesy of the fabulous Jamie Wesley and Nicole T. Helm (both contemporary romance writers themselves) (Thank you Roni Loren for introducing us!), who listened to what I like about Nora’s books (the friends and family thing she does so well), and offered up Jill Shalvis’ Lucky Harbor Series and Shannon Stacey’s Kowalksi’s series, along with several others. And I had a rather obvious DUH moment when it occurred to me that ebooks have free previews, and that amount of text is usually perfectly adequate for me to sort out whether I’d like the book or not. So yesterday I downloaded a crapton of samples and wound up buying Simply Irresistible, the first Lucky Harbor book. Which, of course, makes me want to go play with my own CR plot bunny even MOAR… But whatever. I’m just SO HAPPY to have found some more authors who write the kind of CR I like since I have wiped out everything available by Nora. Whoo!