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?