Okay so no, haven’t had any news since that email from the ed last week. And am feeling frustrated today. The progress of this story feels somewhat akin to Chinese Water Torture and I’m wondering whether in April, when they told me the story needed to be rewritten, I should have just accepted the story wasn’t right and subbed something fresh. But no, I had to go and prove that I could rewrite if they wanted me to. Just to show them I could. And what did I do? I wrote a good first chapter – yeah, they liked it – but somehow, in chapters 2 and 3 I broke it. I really, really thought that whatever failings there might be with the partial, at least it would warrant a request for the rest of it. But not even that is forthcoming.
Eight months on since I first subbed the synopsis to this story and I really wish I hadn’t bothered rewriting it. But because I did, I’ve just prolonged the agony by another four months. The VoD is, of course, telling me it’s an R. The VoD is telling me I can’t rewrite, and not only can I not write a story they’ll want to buy, I’ll NEVER write a story they’ll want to buy.
Honestly, today is a ‘why on earth am I bothering with this sh*t?’ kind of day.
Anyway, why the Angry Birds? Okay, well, this morning as I checked the email on the iPad and realised that there was no email from the ed (again), in my frustration and in a desperate bid to NTAI, I started up a little app called Angry Birds. It’s a game where you have to fire a little bird from a catapult at an edifice that protects a little pig. Your aim is to crumble the edifice and pop the pig. It’s horribly addictive and quite ridiculous. Sometimes the edifices are complicated and it takes forever to pop all the pigs and complete the level. Very frustrating. You see where I’m going with this? Yes, this stupid publishing journey of mine is a lot like playing Angry Birds. No matter how complicated the edifice you have to collapse, no matter if you’ve popped all the pigs but one, no matter how close you are, you still fail the level. And so you have to try again if you want to complete the game.
So here I am, still trying to complete the game. And I’m going to pop all those pigs if it’s the last thing I do.