Blah. Such a great word. Sums up so many things in such a short space. Also correctly and precisely describes my feelings about the tsunami of submission doubt that has dumped itself on my head. I’m at the point where you know you’re going to hear back soonish and am trying to resist the lure of re-reading my subs to check things. Re-reading does one of two things: 1. It plunges me into the depths of despair since the sub was obviously crap and why on earth did I think it was any good in the first place? Or 2. It makes me feel incredibly satisfied since the sub is clearly excellent and I will instantly get a contract and why are they taking so long?
Neither of these options are useful, espcially when the last time I settled on option 2 I got a form R. What also doesn’t help is the fact that the Hammer Pants ms is now different to the synopsis I sent in. Now apparently this doesn’t matter too much since eds know synopses change etc, etc. Well, can I say now that that is wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Your synopsis does matter. It matters a lot. And my synopses usually aren’t that great in the first place. Why is it you only see such things AFTER the sub has gone? Blah, I say.
Anyway, one thing that isn’t blah is The Chessman. If you will note the word meter at the right hand side of the screen, you will see that it has climbed appreciably. Basically in the past three days I have written 15k. Yes, I will be smug a moment since this is the only thing that seems to be doing well. In fact, I’m amazed at how fast the thing is going down. I think there is a reason for it but I might save that for another blog post. Especially as the reason its going down fast is another reason to be down about my Hammer Pants. Argh!
So what do you do when you have a blah moment? Shop? Drink? Eat? Hug random strangers? All four at once?
PS. Big congrats to Leah Ashton who sold her NV book. Good for you, Leah!