Like, Whatever

Oooh, I’ve been a bit of a bad blogger. A week with no post! Well, the truth is I’ve been staying offline a bit over the past week. A case of the ‘what’s the point of anything?’s. Maybe it’s time of the month (don’t get me started about dealing with hormones and writing!) or maybe it’s due to the tail end of winter hanging around here but definitely it’s been a bit of a can’t be bothered couple of weeks.

I suppose I should be writing more of the ms that has the first chapter with the ed, but the truth to tell is that I can’t face it. After having the last one rejected at partial stage after I’d rewritten the full twice, I’m not sure I want to put in the work of writing the whole thing only to not even be asked for chapters 2 and 3. Now, this actually flies in the face of accepted advice. You should finish the ms before you sub right? This is true. However, in my defence, I will say that the ed specifically asked me for something I’d only just started. And now, having got her synopsis for something that isn’t written yet, I am a little afraid of writing the rest of it because – of course – once you start writing the story, the synopsis might change! And so might the conflicts! So I don’t want to have written chapters 2 and 3 and suddenly find out that the synopsis I wrote two weeks ago is suddenly not right. Sigh. Hence me leaving this story until I hear back from the ed.

In the meantime I am working on another MH idea (three actually) and – big announcement! – SOMETHING DIFFERENT. Yes folks, after two years of concentrating on MH, I am trying my hand at something else. Bout time huh? 🙂 It’s an idea I’ve had floating around in my brain for years. What is it? Steampunk romance with magic! Yep, that’s pretty much as removed from MH as you can get eh? I’ve actually started it but it’s hard. In fact, it’s really hard. I have to get back into external conflict, figure out world-building, put a historical spin on it… Not sure it’ll be successful at all to be honest. But hey, it’s a challenge and that’s always a good thing, right?

Still doesn’t help with me with my dose of the ‘whatevers’ though. Just another thing I’m ‘meh’ about. What about everyone else? What do you do when you just can’t be bothered?

19 thoughts on “Like, Whatever”

  1. hey that’s awesome trying something new! Well done.
    When i can’t be bothered i’m bad and just don’t! Then i feel guilty that i haven’t done any but i do get some great ideas to improve it while i’m not bothered 🙂
    always a writer, just have to write it!!

  2. Great to see you back, Jackie – you’ve been missed.

    And good that you’re working on something else, too. I tend to find a change of focus always helps creativity.

    Take care.

    XX

  3. I second Suzanne, glad to see you back, Jackie! You most definitely have been missed!

    I think trying something new could be just the thing to relight that fire, so to speak. Writing isn’t like a relationship – no penalties for cheating! And I bet if you have fun with your steampunk (sounds wonderful, BTW) that will spill over into other aspects of your writing.

    Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. That’s all any of us can do.

    Amy

  4. Sometimes writing something different can energize you to go back to the original thing… I alternate between writing Moderns and historical sagas, and I’d definitely burn out if I was just doing one without the other! Commiserations on the blahs, though. I can fully relate. Sometimes I just let myself feel blah for awhile–sometimes it’s necessary–and then the usual joie de vivre–or some of it, anyway–returns!

  5. I’m glad you’re back! If you hadn’t posted today I was going to email you. It’s your own fault we’re all so addicted to you.

    I love that you’re trying something new. I always find that it helps me grow as a writer, even if the attempt turns out horrible and will never see the light of day!

    Try a rollercoaster for those whatevers. Scream them out of you 😉

  6. First, SO EXCITED at the prospect of your voice in steampunk! I have a steampunk coming out w/Carina in the spring and LURVED writing it. I think it would be a great, super fun departure for you. I did mine in first person, which was so fun because I made her snarky and badass and all the things I strive to be. I realllly hope you decide to go with this, because I look forward to reading it.

  7. Kerrin – yes, it’s good doing something different but much harder than I thought! It’s the getting and writing it that can be difficult huh? 🙂

    Suzanne – Awww, thanks. I have to say, the doing something different has made me feel more creative with my MH – just because my MH feel easier to write! 😉

    Amy – cheers to you too, m’dear. Well, it hasn’t lit any fires so far. Just made me wonder if I can do anything else. Lol!

    Kate – that’s so true re the blahs. If you just go away and do something else for a while, it does tend to rejunvenate you. Historical huh? Sounds great! I should definitely make more of an effort with my steampunk thingy – maybe the difficulty with that was the blahs getting to me.

    Lacey – aww, so lovely of you! Feel free to email if you like too. 🙂 I’m treating the whatevers to some computer games. That helps. 🙂 And the something new…meh! Hopefully I’ll get over that though.

    Christine – ah! Great minds think alike. 🙂 Well, I’m sure your steampunk one is waaaaay better than my effort will be but… The dialogue is so stilted in mine with the effort of toning down the contemporary stuff. But, maybe that’s just first chapter nerves. Anyway, I really like the idea I have, I just hope I can do it justice. Will have to keep a watch out for yours!

  8. Lovely to have you back in blogland – you’ve been missed! 🙂

    Good luck with the steampunk – sounds awesome! I am an awe of anyone who could write in genres other than contemporary – I have enough trouble with contemporary 🙂

  9. Change can be a good thing. And hey, if the editors at Modern Heat don’t want something, that doesn’t mean it’s dead in the water. Why not submit somewhere else?

  10. Oh Jackie, if it helps I’m meh too. Can we meh together (like sheep).

    Love the Steampunk With Magic revelation. Cooooool! I am passing you my blow up light saber (it makes a raspberry noise and it helps fight off the writing ego’s dark side – I have mine out right now and it’s got its work cut out)jx

  11. Oh Jax..when I’m so unbothered..u’ll not see me being concerned about anything.. writing, blogging, talking, rambling, or even reading.

    That being said, I’ll do what’s expected out of me (especially at home – the usual cooking, cleaning etc), and will smile and move on as if nothing wrong happened..

    Eventually my brain will be so tired of this “inactivity” and it will start kicking and screaming to be noticed…

    And if the end result is a sparkling new idea… why not?

    IMO, the meh – moment is probably like the brain’s way of taking a break…In simple terms, the only way to overcome it is to allow it..

  12. Congrats about writing something new and different. See how nicely it takes your mind off other things? Just have fun with it and don’t overthink the process. Let yourself go and you might be amazed by what happens!!

  13. Jackie, that sounds fabulous. Something completely and utterly different might be brilliant for you. You may find you love it and want to stay there or you may find it sends you kicking and scremaing back to MH. Good luck with whatever happens, I look forward to reading your steampunk!

  14. Leah – don’t know that I can write anything other than contemporary either. 🙂

    Elizabeth – hey there! Yeah, I could re the R’d MH stuff. Though I think other eds would have the same problems with them. Still, worth thinking about…

    Judy – Meh! Sheep! Lol! May for the Force be with us…

    Ju – you’re right. I’ve been going with it actually because I think the well needs filling. Hope the meh goes away though ’cause it’s kind of depressing. 🙂

    Jane – thanks!

    Cat – It’s funny, I think doing something different has tensed me up. I feel weird writing it. Maybe I need to relax or something. Certainly getting back into the MH wip feels like pulling on comfortable sweat pants after being in tight skinny jeans all day!

    Susan – I actually have to write more than one chapter and who knows if it’ll ever be more than a fiddle with kind of deal? Currently it’s making me love contemporary even more! 🙂

  15. When you first started writing for MH you probably felt exactly the same way as you do now about the Steampunk. You just need to approach it with the same gusto. My guess is it will help revitalise your MH as well. So my advice is YOU GO GIRL…

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