RANDOM

I found this quote online the other day and I have fallen in love with it: “I like living. I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, racked with sorrow, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing.”  ~Agatha Christie.

It’s just so damn true.  I’m in the middle of probably the hardest time in my life right now.  I’m financially drowning and my social calendar has never been bleaker, but I still know that life is this precious gift I’ve been given.  Yeah, life sucks once and a while and lately it’s sucked all the time, but even days of 99% shittyness (sorry, spell check refuses to tell me how to properly spell this word) there’s always at least 1% greatness.

Take today for example.  I just logged on to my dashboard to check things out and even though I haven’t posted anything new in a while, there hasn’t been a single day in the past 2 weeks where this blog hasn’t gotten at least 6 views.  That’s pretty cool.  I know it doesn’t seem like a lot, but when I first started I’d have several days in a row with 0 views, so I feel like I’m moving up in the world.  Especially since I don’t really know how to advertise myself very well yet.  And, I checked the search terms people used to find my page and this was one of them: a give stick a pen up her virgin.  I’m TOTALLY serious about that.  Someone typed “a give stick a pen up her virgin” into google or yahoo or some other search engine and then clicked on a link to my blog.  Isn’t that just the most hilarious search term you’ve ever heard?

Makes me kind of glad that even in cyberspace I’m the first virgin people think of!

Oh, and to continue my ramblings of randomness, I’ve started work on a new project called The Death Effect.  I’ll create a page for it along with my other projects in a day or so.

And I got the nicest rejection email today.  Here’s a little snippet: “I’ve read your sample pages, and while I think you show great potential as a writer, I’m sorry to say that the project just isn’t a perfect fit with my current needs. This has less to do with your strengths as a writer and more to do with my goals as an agent and the trends of the current literary marketplace.”

Well, thank you, Ms. Super Agent.  I would have really enjoyed working with you, but how can I be upset when you tell me I have potential?  I might just print out that one sentence and stick on the wall behind my desk so I can stare at it when I’m writing.  That’s not weird, right?

OH!  And, Twenty-Five has made it to the #9 spot on the All-Time Rankings at The Next Big Writer.  I’m pretty happy about that.  I’m waiting for the administration to realize it so that my novel is given a spot on the All-Time Top Ten list.  When he does realize it, I’ll get access to a cool logo that I can use when marketing/advertising/selling my book, and you can bet I’ll be re-writing my query to include it’s shiny new status!

So, that’s what’s been going on in my life.  Oh, and I’m looking for a new job, but I may have mentioned that before.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.  I have to have one by January 1st.  Anyone out there in cyberland looking for a freelance editor?  I’m pretty kick-ass at finding grammatical errors and I can use a comma with the best of them!  I don’t have any “education” or “experience” but I can give you several references of writers on TNBW who love my editing skills!

Man, this post has really lived up to its title!

6 thoughts on “RANDOM

  1. Ha! Randomness is the way we artistic minds think. 😉

    Hope things pick up for you, Rach. Dips and valleys, right? That’s great you’ll have a #9 badge you can use in queries!! (And here?)

    x

    1. “Randomness is the way we artistic minds think” !!!!! haha, yes, so true. I think I can use the badge on my blog, I’m not sure though. I have to get it first. Where oh where are you Sol???

  2. You SO have to hook up that badge Miss Top Ten girl! 😉

    And I love what Super Agent said! I really do believe the agent was sincere, because I track deals on the Publishers’ Marketplace, and it’s just a tough time right now where the majority of deals I’ve seen have been going to Non-Fiction sure-bets, or YA MG Fiction…I’m hoping for a shift in mind-set in the new year, because if Women’s Fiction isn’t the big cat right now, it has to re-emerge right?!? Women need good Fiction!!

    PS: good luck on the job search! 🙂

    1. haha! I definitely want the badge! but Sol’s been so busy with updating the site lately, I don’t think he’s noticed I’m in the Top Ten now and I don’t want to be all “Notice Me! Notice ME!” about it, you know? I’ve been in the Top Ten for over a week now, but it took him months to acknowledge Zach, so I’m not holding my breath. He’s got a lot of stuff to do. Plus, I’m not querying anymore until mid-January anyways.

      I agree with you about Women’s Fiction. I feel like EVERYTHING is YA right now, but I don’t want to read about teenagers all the time! I’m a 25 year old woman, where are the books with heroines my age???

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