Feeling Sick

You know that person who handles stress well? Who is always calm in a crisis? The one who everyone turns to when the pressure is on? I am not that person. I am the person running around like a decapitated chicken trying to squawk through its neck. Or the one quietly throwing up in the corner.
As you may have guessed, I have accidentally pushed the ‘submit’ button on my chapter. I swear I didn’t mean to, it just kind of happened. So now IT girl is out there all by herself. Luckily she has her hero to keep her company though, hehe.

I’m not much of a ‘everyone go and read my wonderful chapter, and vote, rah, rah!’ type of person and I didn’t want to even do an announcement that I’d entered but I suppose I kind of have to now since silence on it is pointless, not to mention telling. So by all means, if you like a contemporary, Modern Heat type of story then go and read, you may like it (though it’s not up on the site yet as of 12pm NZ time). In a vague attempt at anonymity (and because I don’t want to jinx my prospective pen name) I haven’t subbed under Jackie Ashenden. Yeah, I’m probably the only person to sub their entry under their own name because they want to protect their pen name. Duh!

Right, so I’m now feeling sick as to what people will think, just like everyone else who entered. It required a bit of fiddling and I hope I pulled it off. It won’t be to everyone’s tastes but that’s something I can do nothing about. I also had some formatting issues that would have made it easier to read but the site wouldn’t let me use another font. Hope the stop-gap I used works! Anyway, I know it’s not perfect and I’m not going to read it EVER again because if I do, I’ll spot a million things wrong with it. But that’s the way of writing huh?

Wow, Jackie, excuses much?? I will say that I really enjoyed writing it and as a writer, that’s the best you can get (apart from a sale of course!).

This morning I told my daughter what I was doing and then, in my overly dramatic way, I said, “Everyone will probably leave comments telling me how much it stank!”
“No mummy,” says my daughter, “everyone will probably leave comments telling you how much it stinks.”

Moral of the story? Never fish for compliments from a nine year old no matter how desperate you are. πŸ™‚

So c’mon, anyone else enter?

PS: The chapter is called Talking Dirty with the CEO. I am a title dunce so don’t hold that against it. πŸ™‚

49 thoughts on “Feeling Sick”

  1. Hey Jackie, I always read your posts but don’t always comment. I had to today. Your post actually had me chuckling out loud at my desk and it’s pretty hard to get that reaction out of me. Decapitated chicken, fishing for compliments from a 9 year old, protecting your pen name… Priceless :). I wanted to wish you all the best with your chapter. And now I shall pop on over to see if it’s there!

  2. Kaily – oooh thanks! Making people laugh is very difficult so I’m pleased I could give you a chuckle. My chapter isn’t up yet – don’t think it’ll go up until UK business hours. Which gives me hours and hours of time to stress about it! Lol. I can already think of some things I SHOULD have changed…Groan. πŸ™‚



    It had to be said.

    Well you get to go on The Wall of Fame now!! Jo Dixon’s keeping you company and she’s waiting for it to be upload too so you can sit under the bed and eat your hair together if you like…

    The cheese truck will be arriving any second.

    Will we be able to find your chapter if it’s under another name? Did you call it IT girl? Don’t make me stalk you.

    P.S I bet your chapter smells beautiful ;).

  4. Lacey – quiet down the front there! *hisses* Don’t want anyone to know…
    Yay for the Wall of Fame and the cheese truck though. I fancy me some cheese right now. Some Stilton in fact.
    Jo too? Right, hair eating time approacheth.
    As for the title…ahem, did you not read my PS? πŸ˜‰

  5. Ummm, the reading thing comes and goes?

    You should be nicer to your title I like it! Don’t like to wait though, wanna read *pounts*.

    Hey is there an overall summary and a chapter summary to write? Or just the one? How thrilled am I that there’s no synopsis! It’s like it’s Christmas ;).

  6. Lacey – Lol! Actually, it’s probably one of my better titles. As a rule, I suck at them.
    You may hate the chapter! *feels pressure of the weight of expectation* πŸ˜‰
    Okay, what you get is a ‘summary’ box and then a ‘chapter summary’ box. Each box only allows you three lines. The initial box is intended (I think) as a brief blurb about your book, and the chapter summary is a brief teaser about what the chapter’s about. I would not treat it as a synopsis. I treated both as a back of the book teaser.
    You do get a chance to fiddle around with it so don’t stress.

  7. Okay Jackie spill the beans – for someone who claims to suck at coming up with a title I think you did just fine. I’m trying to be clever and use a bit of alliteration in my title and thought I’d get the online thesaurus to help me out. So which one to like the best:

    1. Rehabilitating the Rapscallion
    2. Rehabilitating the Reprobate
    3. Rehabilitating the Ruffian

    BTW these are just for a laugh but the working title definitely starts with Rehabilitating but it’s frustratingly hard to find ‘R’ words that aren’t silly or nasty.

    I blame my inner poet and my fourth grade teacher for introducing me to alliteration in the first place!

  8. Susan – awww! Thank you m’dear, but I don’t think it’s up yet. False name eh? Good thinking, Batman. πŸ˜‰

    Elissa – hey there! Nice to see you here! Umm…I’m liking number 1. Rapscallion is a severely underused word and should be used in normal conversation (and titles) every day! Yep, titles are a toughie. Thanks for your kind words on mine. It’s not too bad but you should the others. Groan. But alliteration for R….Rogue? Actually reprobate has a certain ring to it. πŸ™‚ I shall think more on it.

  9. Yayyyy! Well done on accidentally pressing the submit button! Very good luck my dear. Very excited to read your sub so going over now!

  10. Jackie – I think very few people are calm when pushing out a precious baby to the world and I say massive kudos to you on entering New Voices! Also mega good luck – it’s great to have your work out there in front of a big audience.

  11. Yeah, Jackie. Got started on your entry this morning before the bus showed up for school. Didn’t mean to start it because I knew I wouldn’t get it finished, but the opening is so AMAZING, I got sucked in. Awesome job. Can’t wait to get a break at work so I can read the rest.

  12. LOL, Jackie! Your 9yo’s comment is exactly the kind of smarty pants comment I’d get from my 10yo.

    Best of luck on your entry! I’m going to see if I can find it.

  13. Hi,

    Hee hee, spotted your entry straight off – the voice! Loved the virtual chit-chat (the first half) but the formatting second half buggered my eyes something cruel – lines started merging.

    You know for a big organisation like HM&B you’d think they could afford a decent bloody web master the formatting is crap!

    They should have installed an auto slot that formats with indents – it’s easy if you have access to your own ftp (file transfer protocal). Talk about ruddy amateurs: sheesh, where do they get these IT idiots from?!

  14. Hi Jackie – can’t wait to read your chapter! BTW can you shed some light on the subbing. Is the formatting done by HM&B or do you have to do it before you sub? I’ve seen various types of formatting. Also do you have to write the “blurb” bit or do M&B do it? I haven’t subbed mine yet – I’m too scared! Thanks for any help you can shed. Caroline x

  15. Wow, such lovely comments to wake up to this morning!!! Thanks so much all of you for taking the time to comment on my blog. And thanks HEAPS for reading my chapter!! I truly appreciate all the support.

    Maya – thanks!

    Phillipa – Yes, it is hard. But I guess that if you want to get published, you have to get used to putting your stuff out there. Thanks for the good luck!

    Rachel – thank you so much! I’m really thrilled you liked it!

    Lorraine – thanks lovie!

    Sally – you’re a sweetheart!! Thanks heaps. They haven’t signed me yet due to small problems I have with conflict. *sigh*. But I’m learning!

    Cat – Awwww, thank you!! So happy you liked it! Such a compliment to be able to suck someone in even though they have other things to do!

    Rach – Lol!

    Jane – thanks for your fabulous comment on the site, I really appreciate it. Coates – how weird is that?? It’s my father’s name. His relatives came out to NZ on the first four ships so they’re from the UK somewhere. I shall check to find out where.

    Rula – kids are so funny aren’t they? She was very supportive this morning though!

    Susan – thank you kindly m’dear! Always so lovely when one of my blog friends likes it!

    Lucy – Thanks! And thanks again! Lol, so cool that you read it. And thrilled that you liked it too!

    Francine – thanks so much for reading! Glad you liked it. Yes, the formattting was a bugger!! I had the IM conversation in a different font but of course, that site didn’t allow for that so I had to use brackets. Makes for a difficult read so thanks for persevering!

  16. LOVED your chapter. In fact, loved it so much I’m now aprehensive about posting my own now(I know, am a big fat wuss). Will go back and leave a comment when I’ve logged on.

    Your wee one sounds hilarious. No chance of an infalted ego with a daughter in the house (as I well know). πŸ™‚


  17. Caroline – eek! Hope you enjoy it. πŸ™‚ Subbing, well, you basically cut and paste your stuff into a window. The formatting is VERY basic. No different fonts, no italics etc.
    The blurb is a 3 line summary of your book (think back of the book) and then you do a 3 line summary of your chapter. You don’t have much room. It’s pretty much so when people click on your page, they have an idea what the story might be about. I wouldn’t stress over this.

    Suzanne – Oh thank you so much!! Makes me so happy that my blog friends love it. And you HAVE to post your chapter so I can give it 5 roses! You didn’t get that medical fast track request for nothing hmmm?
    Yep, my daughter is a scream. And a great grounding force.

  18. Hey Jackie, hooray… all the chapters appear to be up !! I read yours… and loved it.

    We met at RWA Coogee (ummm… what was it, oh yeah, Synopsis writing), and I then stumbled across your runner-up entry for Feel the Heat. Which I have to say I also loved. You have such powerful dialogue.

    This could be a wonderful reminder for M&B Uk that you’re out there, brilliant… and waiting.

  19. Jo – hey, yes, we did! I thought your name was familiar when Lacey mentioned it. Thanks so much re my chapter! Lovely to know people like it (though I see someone didn’t and thought it was written by a man. Haha). Is yours up? I shall go check!

  20. Maya – Thank you so much! So glad you liked it! Think that fairy dust must have helped. πŸ™‚

    Joanne – Adore away. πŸ˜‰ Thanks heaps, Joanne! Thrilled you liked it. Totally blushing over here.

  21. Jackie, I had a bit of a giggle over the comment about your chapter being written by a man… oh well, that’s the wonderful thing bout HM&B, there’s a line and a style for everyone. Just think how thick our skins will have to be when we’re all published and it will be the reviews and critiques on Amazon or Smart Bitches we’ll be worrying about!
    My chapter is up at last… Gossip, Secrets and Lies. Gawd, bit daunting having real readers (not just kind friends and CPs).

  22. Jo – I laughed at that too. Different tastes I guess. I know what you mean about daunting though. πŸ™‚
    But hey, I loved your chapter! I rated it 5! I must go and put a comment on it when the small child has had her lunch!

  23. i read it, i read it! it’s fresh and fun and oh god how embarrasing!!
    Well done! I haven’t entered but am thinking i might? i’m not sure and have until the 22 to decide!

  24. Jackie, read your chapter and it’s fabulous. Conflict has got to be the only thing holding you back from being published because as far as I can see you nailed everything else. Beautiful work m’dear. You ought to be very proud of yourself.

  25. Elissa – thanks so much for reading! Glad you liked it! Conflict has been the bugbear. As is trying too hard. It’s much better when I turn off the ‘must include this, this, and this’ editor person that talks craft to me when I’m writing. I think I’ve got it now – my current sub in at the moment certainly has the conflict so if that’s rejected, I’m hoping it won’t be for that. Maybe it’ll be for something else. Oh well, onwards and upwards!

  26. Wow Jackie! Read your chapter and it rocks. I loved it and can’t wait to read Chapter 2. Caroline x p.s thanks for the tips on subbing.

  27. Caroline – Lol! I must have been leaving a comment on your blog while you left a comment on mine! Great minds think alike. πŸ™‚ Thanks heaps re my chapter! I feel a bit like Sally Field “They like me! They really like me!”. There hasn’t been much that’s positive about my writing this year so I’m extremely happy so many people like it. I’m writing chapter 2 in the hope of a request.

  28. Coming in late, Jackie. Your chapter is so contemporary, so Modern Heat – you must be definitely close to getting offered a contract. I think this will help the M&B editors sit up and take notice as your chapter has generated so much buzz and wonderful comments! I personally love stories where the heroine gets herself in an embarrassing predicament. Your Feel the Heat chapter was also fabulous, but after reading Talking Dirty it’s obvious you’ve come a long way with your writing skills. Congrats!

    Am so glad I entered before reading your chapter otherwise I would’ve chickened out from entering! Still feel sick – please pass the barf bag πŸ™‚

    BTW, how do you work the rating system? When I login, I’m not able to rate anything – only comment. I hope they get all the issues on the site ironed out before the 50/50 judging round. I agree – formatting was a nightmare.

  29. Angie – Wow, thanks! It’s really cool you liked it, all the wonderful comments are just fantastic. And yeah, the FTH entry was the best I could do with the knowledge I had at the time – which wasn’t much. Still learning even now though!
    You have no need to feel sick – I thought your chapter was great! You have such a lovely voice.
    Yeah, dunno about the ratings. Someone told me just now they gave it a five rose rating but the scores didn’t change. I don’t think it really matters for this round.I’m just pleased people are reading it and enjoying it.

  30. Well Miss Most Voted For do I need to tell you how popular your chapter is?

    Loved it, loved it, loved it, loved it! I’ve read you and Rach so far and I can see why everyone’s talking. What are the rest of us supposed to do now huh? ;).

    Psst I haven’t left a message on the NV website yet because, genius that I am, I’ve misplaced my password. I WILL find it though so that I can become another of your groupies.

  31. Lacey – you’re such a sweetie! I’m SO rapt right now. So pleased you like it! No worries re the comment – I’ve been steering clear of my entry ’cause I’m such a big chicken. πŸ˜‰
    But aren’t people’s chapters fab? Love Rach’s!

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