Every time I sort through papers and folders I find one, a story I started and never had time to finish. I told myself it was lack of time, not that the story unraveled. I started and dropped stories all my life. I found one from high school that is especially dull. And yet, I knew I would be a writer. Someday. When I had the time.
October 2003 – With a three month old baby and a two year old underfoot, my husband got laid off. Severance, unemployment, food stamps, cash from his folks and groceries from mine got us over the hump until he found something else. But I felt helpless. I was nursing a baby and devoted to my toddler, I couldn’t get a job because with as much as my husband was interviewing he couldn’t watch the kids. Surely there had to be something I could do from home. I grabbed a notebook and a pen, writing a romance about a reality TV show while I nursed the baby. I could write it and sell it, and we’d still have a Christmas. Well…that’s not how it worked out. My husband was hired before the holidays and I started reading to my toddler while nursing instead of finishing the book.
August 2004 – I spent my tenth wedding anniversary in the ER, trying to find out if I was having an aneurysm. I thought of all the things I had planned for my life, and how many of them I wrote off as not having time. I also flashed on my boys someday finding my half finished stories and wondering why I never followed through.
November 2004 – High on pain medication and full of determination I signed on for National Novel Writers Month. I still didn’t have much time to write, but a plan to give me a novel in thirty days? Everyone had time for that. Thanks to my local support group (I love you Nikki) and my online friends (Suzan, you are a gem) I got through and ‘won’ with a 75,000 word ‘novel’. Completing the story was a high for me. And then came the crash.
December 2004 – What is a synopsis? A query? Dear God, why won’t they read my book and write me a check because it is just as good as the four I bough this month. Yeah, I had a
January 2005 – I finished my second book, but still hadn’t heard on the first. I had to wait before submitting and began to focus on learning, taking free online classes wherever I could find them – eHarlequin, Romance Divas.
February 2005 – While waiting to hear on book two, I wrote a third.
March 2005 – Book two rejected, book three queried. I entered book one in a contest and used the feedback to revise it completely for a different line and submitted a partial.
May 2005 – Book three rejected, book four drafted.
June 2005 – I revised book two and the request for a full came in for book one. I did a happy dance in the middle of the street, then launched into a dozen rounds of ring-around-the-rosie in the front yard with my babes.
July 2005 – contested my manuscripts heavily. I got great feedback, but no wins. Queried book four.
August 2005 – revisions came in for book one, with some dynamite idea twists for the ending.
September 2005 – Got the email that was ‘the call’ My first book sold!
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