Tory’s Friday Ramblings (10/11/13)

Hi everyone. Welcome back for another addition of Tory’s Friday Ramblings.

Surprisingly, I don’t think I really have much to say this week.

On Writing

As you may/may not have noticed, there’s no longer a progress meter for Locked in Stone on the sidebar to your right. That’s because I FINISHED IT! Heh, yes, I think I mentioned that before, but I’m still so happy about that little fact.

I’ve started querying it, of course, and let’s just say I think it could be going better than it is. I thought my query was okay, but then I had a fellow member of the First Coast Romance Writers look at it and let’s just leave it at … I think she suggested one or two words that I could keep, and that’s about it. Heh. On the other hand, she said it sounded like an interesting story, and given her success as a paranormal-romance author, I took that as high praise.

I got the book to the publisher I’m really hoping will like it enough to pick me up, but it’ll probably be another month at least until I hear anything. The editor’s backlogged. That’s going to be heartbreaking though if they turn me down.

So, right now I’m trying to decide what to work on next. I could start on the second book in the series, but why if I can’t find a home for the first one, right? I’m considering working on some shorter pieces, maybe try to get some novellas out there. I’d likely set them in my Hearts of Stone universe though, and then I’d probably be locked in to whatever publishing picked the novellas up for the larger series. There’s always the Dream-Walker War, but given the lack of success with the second and third books, that seems kind of pointless.

I could always try something new, maybe a fantasy or pure contemporary romance…but probably not the latter.

On Family

The Shrimpettes are driving me crazy. Okay, probably more like Twin B is driving me insane. Sam is the most bull-headed, stubborn child and once she decides on something, if she doesn’t get her way/what she wants…yikes. The screaming fits are a bit scary to listen to. But the new baby gate we installed on her bedroom door works like a charm and happily now I don’t have to worry about her getting up in the middle of the night and playing (i.e., getting into the cat box and enjoying some kitty crunchies, if you get my drift) for a while before she decides to come get me. And if she hollers, the Shrimp will eventually hear her and come get me.

Hubby’s working a lot of hours lately, lots of overtime projects and it’s wearing on him. I’m worried about him, but on the other hand, I think we really need the money, especially if we want to buy the house we’re trying to buy (it hasn’t even had ground broken on it yet). I rarely get OT at my job, so I can’t do much to help out with the shortages.

On Life

There’s not really much to add after the above two sections. My brother is still being a dip with the choices he’s made (I rarely talk about him, and I won’t go into details, but suffice to say he’s being a dumb-a**). Work’s work. I don’t sleep enough. Pretty much the same stuff, different week.

Oh! I know…the Beacon judging period is almost up and yeesh. Talk about a lot of work! I had no clue what I was letting myself in for, but you know something? It’s definitely worth it though. I’ve seen some awesome (and not so awesome) entries over the course of this past month.

How’s life going for all of you? Please leave a comment and let me know!

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