I got (drum roll please) a form R on my partial today of Crazy Nanny.
But ya know...I'm okay. I'm actually full of fighting spirit because...for me 2009 has been a wonderful year. The very best in fact.
Here's the reasons: I wrote a book I love, I went to the conference and met so many amazing writers/friends, and best of all I've been lucky enough to be mentored for a whole amazing year by the most wonderful writing mentor in the world (Michelle Styles, who I can never thank enough). So all in all I've kinda woken up to 'feeling happy with my voice'. Feeling like I've found who I am. Surely that is a great thing. In fact I even had an agent interested in my work so that's another first!
And now an R. A form one on a partial. After many (blissfully naive) years of getting full requests and feedback and comps slips....
In this old gnarly game of writing it's just the way it can be. Ups down. Highs, setbacks.
I can't be mad or even sad. Because now I know I've learned loads of craft and I'm comfy in the saddle with how I write. All to the good in my view.
In summary I know this book has a home. And I've had Michelle rooting me on to believe it's true...so. Watch this space.
Not a chocolate binge in sight. Though I may have a small treat later for being so brave ggg!
My writing light sabre is still shining ladies. If you gotta write, you just gotta write! And now the Crazy Nanny and I are going to take an adventure somewhere new!
Rather a while ago now I did have two books in print but sadly no more. The publisher went out of business. So my rather nice news involves the fact that a rather nice new publisher wants to read the full of one. And I have hopes for the other too. Groovy.
Yes I've been watching Emma. And although I will watch to the end I'm having problems.
Jane Austen's Emma isn't a favourite. I've tried all the versions. I loved the book. But as a romance period drama it doesn't float my empire line frock skirt up. Probably because a lot of the time I think Emma needs a good slap.
Though Kate Beckinsale did a version without slap factor...
But anyway...Jonny Lee Miller has long been a favourite bottom drawer hunk of mine. What's not to love? And the love affair started with this film...Plunkett and MacLeane which I saw in the cinema and adored...it's got grit, highwaymen, graverobbery, Liv Tyler and two wonderful Bad Guys. Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle. They had me in the palms of their hands.
And there's the rub. As a good, worthy man, I struggle to keep my passion aflame for Jonny. Plus he just feels too young. And I'd far rather see him behind a pistol than making polite chit chat.
So as Mr Knightley...um...I'm struggling. He's cute. He's likeable. But I watch the developing romantic attachment in the same way I watched Ted and Ralph on the Fast Show. And that was meant to be funny. Emma isn't funny nor does it move me nor is it fun. No passion, zip and I end up not really caring.
So as much as I love Jonny. And as much as I love a good costume drama I'm in a Donwell Dilemma. It's just not working for me. But I dearly want Jonny in a leading man role that fits!
We've had a couple of household setbacks. A cold (me and now nearly gone) a keyboard drowned by daughter's drink (new one purchased).
So after this minor hiatus I'm pleased to announce that the WIP is making progress (more progress than Crazy Crofter that is temporarily being shelved in the bunker of despair). And I'm buzzing with ideas so I've decided to snowflake...
It's fun. It keeps the momentum going. It helps clarify and focus the mind. So I'm making pretty pictures. Enjoying a snowride before the draft begins...