So You Think You Can Write? Or Does My Butt Look Big in This? (Plus Congrats!)

Who else is feeling like they can write? I should clarify, this is for those of us who are taking the SYTYCW trip and are expecting to hear back this week. Are you excited? Nervous? Couldn’t care less? NTAI? Personally I’m feeling like I can vomit.

I actually thought I would be okay with this. Mainly because I subbed something different to what I normally write and so therefore if it gets the old heave ho, I can safely say to myself, ‘Oh well, it was my first sub for this line and it’s not what I wanted to write anyway.” But you know, I don’t think I am okay with it! I’m bl**dy nervous! My poor old Frenchman is subbed as a Modern/Presents and I am quite concerned. Writing MH/Riva is like an old pair of comfortable, flattering jeans. I love wearing them and I think I look good in them. Modern/Presents is a pair of new jeans with stiff denim and in a style I’m not sure suits me. Does my butt look big in this?
I do NOT want to hear ‘Of course your butt looks massive. What were you thinking?!’
What I DO want to hear is ‘Darling, you look fab. Have you lost weight?’

Really, waiting and anticipating NEVER gets any easier. And I’m sure the pubbed authors among you will say the same thing. I’ve been doing this for three years now (I know, I’m just a baby submitter) and the Inbox of Doom remains the Inbox of Doom and not the Inbox of Win. On that happy note, at least it’s certain that news of some kind will make it’s way to me at some stage during this week (Will they let us know on the day? The week before? Who knows??).

Anyway, the most annoying thing about all of this is that I am letting my NTAI nerves paralyse me. I don’t know what to keep writing. There is the Frenchman whom I’m certain will get the thumbs down (SYTYCW), there’s the Hammer Pants ms which I actually love and want to keep editing but simply don’t know whether to keep doing so or not. And lastly the soldier story (remember that?) which I subbed in October last year. In my handover email from the ed, she told me she’d read the soldier and also the my winning High Five entry (Hammer Pants) and had had a chat with the ed I am now working with about ‘which one to proceed with’. But she gave no hint as to which she liked! Which she wouldn’t of course but still! Anyway, I guess ‘which one to proceed with’ does seem to indicate that one will be proceeded with. But which one??? Just my luck it won’t be the one I want to proceed with…

Right, that’s enough of my ramblings. Wanted to say HUGE CONGRATS to Susan Wilson for her sale to Medicals!!!! You rock, Susan!!

So how’s everyone else holding up for SYTYCW? Got any NTAI strategies you want to share?

21 thoughts on “So You Think You Can Write? Or Does My Butt Look Big in This? (Plus Congrats!)”

  1. I’m not really nervous yet. I guess I can’t really imagine receiving that email. It all seems so far off still: something I’ll have to worry about one day. That day is coming sooner than I think.

  2. Suzanne – thanks! You got something in SYTYCW? Crossing fingers for you too!

    Julia – I wish I had your insouciance. Sigh. I am trying to cultivate it. πŸ™‚ *furiously NTAI*

  3. Thanks, Jackie. I did sneakily send something in – you’re the first person I’ve admitted that to. Thanks for the crossed fingers, I’ve a feeling I’m going to need all the luck I can get.


  4. Suzanne – don’t worry, your secret is safe with me. πŸ˜‰ Actually, now it’s on the blog, it’s not really is it? Good luck, m’dear! We shall overcome. One day. πŸ™‚

  5. Looking forward to hearing the news about SYTYCW because I am sure it will be good news!
    It might also clear the decks and let you hear about hammer pants and soldier. You might have TWO submissions to work on and that would be cool!

  6. Susan – hey there, m’dear! Still floating on air? Thanks for the faith, hun! It would be great to have two subs but I’m not counting on anything at the moment. Even one would be a bonus!

  7. Well I’m living vicariously through everyone else at the moment so personally I can’t wait for you to hear. Hoping it’s good news. But out of three subs, surely one will be :)Especially when you’re so damn talented!!

  8. *passes Jackie bucket*

    Isn’t that fantastic news about Susan? Hopefully to be followed by fantastic news about Jackie πŸ˜‰

    And I saw that sneaky submission confession from Suzanne up there! Sneaky Suzanne is what I’ll call her from now.

  9. Good luck to everyone who’s waiting!!

    Jackie,bet your backside is looking mighty fine in those brand new denim jeans!!

    And now a little Rod Stewart dedicated to Jackie:

    “You wear it well . . .”

    Sending you my BEST!!


  10. Rach – you are a SWEETIE! I don’t know, doubt crows are pecking me heaps at the moment so I’m worried about all of my subs to be honest. Always the way. πŸ™‚

    Lacey – thanks. *uses bucket* Did you notice Suzanne then eh? I think some Minxy revenge will be following possibly?? Run Suzanne, now, while you have a chance! Lol.
    Oh and thanks re the good news wishes. Hope springs enternal eh?

    Amy – awww, thanks to you m’dear!! I love your faith but something that may look quite good on the rack won’t necessarily fit when you put it on… Lol re the song! Hopefully it’ll be that and not Maggie May instead. πŸ™‚

  11. Hey, Jackie just wanted to send you big hugs and best wishes for this week. Hope your news is positive and you’ll rush right out and get those jeans in every color they have!

  12. i’m just burying my head in reading my ECE articles, oh and writing THREE more stories!
    I’m insane! Considering it’s taken me ten months to complete the ms i subbed for the SYTYCW, what am i thinking writing three? Well, i have done 14,000 words this month, even if it is spread over three (that’s a record for me!

    And your jeans look good! Can’t wait to hear when you hear πŸ™‚

  13. Kerrin – three? You go girl! That’s an awesome wordcount, especially when you’re studying too. I have to say I like having lots of mss on the go – saves boredom. πŸ™‚

  14. Joanne – yeah, it’s a toughie. Been taking solace in the ms they probably won’t want. πŸ™‚ Oooh, Suzanne, you’re for it now…

    Lorraine – hey chick! How are you? Frenchie is a gamble that may or may not pay off but I guess we’ll see huh?

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