chapter 16 blog
I'm sort of proud of myself today. I've done a really good job getting work done and tackling issues as they come up, I've been very productive for the last 12 hours with only very short breaks to go pick up food.
The portfolio site is still a giant mess because it's going to take a lot longer to format than I would have hoped. but even with a ton of setbacks I got all the basic layout formatting done today, if not all of the linking. There's still a ton of stuff to do obviously, but I made lots of progress.
Around all of that I managed to do the final edit for a piece I've been trying to finish on and off for the last couple weeks, just in time to get it sent in for anthology consideration.
I know that it's going to get rejected. That's not pessimistic-Cat talking either, it's just sort of a fact. It's technically an open call but they're looking for more established writers and they're pretty hardcore. I like reading graphic horror stories as much or more than the next girl (and probably more than is healthy) but I'm not great at writing them. I'm probably going to have the tamest submission out of all of them, and there are probably editors laughing and saying "how cute" about my story as I type this.
Still though, it's good practice for me, which is why I submitted the story even though I know it's not going to make it in. I'm getting in the habit of formatting my stories in a specific way, of writing submission emails, taking risks, and sometime between now and September when I get a response I will be getting some much needed practice at being rejected - which I have been known not to handle well and I know I'll have to experience a lot of in the coming years.
Plus, they allow simultaneous submissions - which means that I can go ahead and send the story into somewhere that is more likely to consider it (and I have a few of those places lined up as it happens.)
I'm taking tomorrow off work - it will be the first time that I've not worked for a long time. I feel like I've earned it. When I get back I shall be sure to get some linking (and if I make it far enough, uploading) done on the portfolio site. Then I get to start work on next week's submissions.
I remember when I thought writing for myself full time was going to be less stressful than my ghost-writing job. It's funny how wrong I was. I'm working harder than ever and so far I've made a total of about $73 off of original content. I don't quite recall why I thought this would be a good idea...
But anyway, financial crisis aside, I do feel like I'm making progress and for the first time in my life I'm sort of staying on track and keeping at it. That's the part that I'm choosing to focus on today.
Anyway, thanks for reading. I'll be sure to let you guys know how it goes when I see you tomorrow or Tuesday.