To all those lovely people who have offered advice and support over the past week or so, thank you so much. You’ve made me feel hugely better about this waiting game that I’m playing. For someone who absolutely loathes waiting and who is naturally impatient, this has been a real lesson and I’m just so grateful to have understanding ears to pour all of my whines into. 🙂
So, I’m feeling much better about waiting on Anna to get back to me, although I had a wobbly moment on Saturday when I found out I didn’t final in a contest I had high hopes of. It’s funny how the fact of not finalling suddenly made me doubt my writing and doubt the stories I had entered. Maybe they were boring? Maybe I’m not as good as I think I am? Maybe I was arrogant in thinking I would final in the first place? Sigh. Whatever, it’s a good lesson in humility and just goes to show that even when you think you’re doing quite well, there will always be people who don’t agree.
It actually got me thinking that that it won’t be any easier if I’m published. You’ll always be worrying about whether the editor likes your next book, whether anyone will buy it, whether they’ll like it, and if they don’t like it, how to cope with bad reviews. Scary stuff. Obviously I need to start growing a thicker skin.
That wasn’t a blatant play for sympathy, by the way, merely a little sulk. I’m over it now – retail therapy courtesy of Great Uncle Visa certainly helped, as did large amounts of chocolate. 🙂
Speaking of contests, I just wanted to say a big woohoo to Rach! She finalled in the Valerie Parv and the Great Beginnings contest! That girl’s got talent and if she doesn’t sell soon, I’ll eat my cotton socks. WTG, Rach.
Oh, and you know I mentioned I computer game I bought for my birthday? Well, it’s called The Sims 3 and it’s kind of like a real life simulator. You manage the lives of virtual people. The reason I’m telling you this is that in the game, you can make your little people become writers and make money by selling books. And do you know which books make the most money in the game? Romance books!! If only that were as easy in real life… 😉