I've gone all orange for this post and no, I haven't been Tangoed! I'm trying to inject a bit of today's sun into the post. As you can see from the photographs my Clematis has been out enjoying the sun and so have I. I have to admit that it was just a tad too hot for my comfort earlier on but it's nice to have the opportunity to go out into the garden and play hide and seek with my daughter. It's the last day of the half term holidays today, so it was nice to be able to spend time with her before she goes back.
On the writing front, Still no news on any of my work that is out there at the moment. I'm just hoping that no news will bring some good news soon. I have sent my latest article in and pitched some more ideas for articles to the editor of a new Shropshire web site, and the editor seems keen for me to send more articles in, so I will. It's such fun researching as some of the subjects for the articles I'm doing aren't something I know a lot about . But it just shows you that with a bit of determination and willingness to get out there and learn about a subject you can write informative articles that editors want.
Tonight I am having a break from writing to have a bath and finish the current novel I'm reading - Kate Mosse's Sepulchre. I've only got three chapters to go and it really is an excellent book set in two different time periods following the lives of two different generations of a family but their lives intertwine in the middle. Intriguing.
I sent another letter to the Shropshire Star - this time about their horoscopes. I do think I'm going to have to cut back reading that paper because it just encourages me to send letters in! It's pure displacement behaviour though and I know I should be concentrating on my short stories and getting them out there. I'm battling with that one at the moment. I had the one published in Australia but then a couple were declined here in the UK. It's so hard trying to carry on writing and sending them out when you haven't had an acceptence for a while. It's a testing time! But I see rejection as a challenge. "So you didn't like that story did you, Mr/Mrs/Miss/Ms Editor, well what about this one then?!" I'm a bit like Sue Moorcroft in that respect - bloody minded! I think it helps in this case. If I didn't have such a tenacious attitude I would have stopped writing the stories and sending them out after the first rejection!
I also threw caution to the wind and registered for the Open University Children's Literature course starting in October 2009. You see what happens? We have a bit of sun and it goes to my head! I'd been thinking of doing it for a while and decided to go for it. I may regret it by Christmas, but if I start moaning about it in this blog I want you to point me back to today's post and remind me why I wanted to do it!
I also came up with an idea for the next Wrekin Writers' meeting. We have a novel group and a short story group, writers clinic an hour before the main meeting starts, so I've emailed my idea to the Chairman/Chairperson/Chairwoman to see what she thinks.
I think a lot of the key to success in this writing lark is acting on your convictions. Having the nerve and daring to write something despite your own and possibly other's misgivings, and actually being brave enough to send it out there. I've sent a fair few submissions out since January and have been lucky enough to have a few successes in there. On the flip side I've also had a lot of declinations. But I'm still going. It's like in any line of work you have to go with the flow and take the rough with the smooth.
I'm just so lucky to be able to do what I love - writing. And I am thankful for every minute that I am given to write. I feel alive and engaged with myself and the world when I write. Characters come to life and share their stories with me, which I then try to craft into a story that others may like to read. How cool a job is that?! But I don't need to tell you how good writing feels as you already know.
Enjoy the weather and the journey of writing. Don't give up.
PS Does anyone know why my post has come out in one huge lump instead of gaps between the paragraphs? The gaps where in there when I typed it?!