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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Running a little behind...

New things are going on here at the day job. People are here and working when I arrive so I tend to get sucked into doing work earlier.

As you know, I gave up my writing room for my Brown Eyed Girl. I was mostly happy to do so, though I do admit to feeling a little out of sorts about it. But I've been feeling the displacement keenly. I don't have a place to go to write that's quiet, or at the very least, where I can be alone. DH isn't staying up late watching TV anymore--he's going to bed early (due to the aforementioned changes at the office) and watching TV in our room. Which means I can't write in our bedroom. Grrr...

So this morning, I claimed myself some space:

Yes, that's right--the newly cleaned up garage!!

I've got my camping chair, a TV tray for a desk, and my bookshelf. There's an outlet just next to that armoire in the upper right corner to plug in my laptop. I don't care what it looks like (right now), as long as I can write in peace and quiet. And I need to write!!

I've also been narrowing down publishers to submit to. I've submitted to Entangled already, but if they decline, I need backup. So I've been looking at websites--how do they look? Do they look professional and not amateurish. In terms of the books they sell, does the site scream trashy novel or respectable romance? I don't care if they sell erotic romance, I just don't want the site to look like it sells porn that needs to be carried home in a brown paper bag. And I'm not dissing erotic romance either--I've written my fair share of graphic sex. The next thing to look at is do they want what I write, not only genre, but length.

Anyway, I've narrowed it down six e-publishers. There's more winnowing to be done based on other factors, but that's for another day.

The weather is awesome. The heat is gone and the crisp is here. Now if only I could drag myself out of bed at 5am to walk and/or write.

What's new with you??


Lynne Kensington said...

My garage needs napalm and a match to look like that. LOL I do understand your pain in having no dedicated room to write in. My office has become the computer room, but since it's the only place where we have a hook-up for the desktop, it's constantly being used by hubby or J. Trying to get privacy in any room of the house is next to impossible. Good luck with your new "room". :)

Regina Richards said...

Stephen King wrote the novel that launched his career, Carrie, in his laundry room next to the washer/dryer. So you are in good company!

I know it can't have been easy to surrender the writing room you worked so hard on, but I admire you for putting family first. Also, I find your persistence inspiring. You are't letting anything stop you from being who you were meant to be!

Jen FitzGerald said...

Thanks, Lynne & Regina!

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