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We Interrupt Our Regular Programming…

…for a rant!

Why are writers in such a rush to be published?  I know, I know, it’s the dream.  We all want to hold our lovelies in our hands, smell the pages, sign them for all our fans, give them as presents on Christmas, and of course, highjack our friends for long car rides and tell them to READ IT!  Yes, it’s the dream.

It is my dream too.  I want all those things sometimes so bad I think I could cry or throw up (yes, seriously). But I started walking down this road only six months ago and only wrote my first novel a year ago. My first book was horrible, terrible, but I learned a lot. My second was a middle grade book that I had a ball writing. My third was a full length YA. And now, I’ve begun another YA.

I can’t believe how I’ve improved with each book I’ve written!  The old adage is right, if you want to get better at writing, you have to write.  No excuses.  Just get it done.  Don’t stop at book one, write a second, third, fourth…

No, I’m not saying don’t query the first or second because I’m sure going to, once I feel they’re polished, but I’m also saying, what’s the rush?  You’re probably not starving because you haven’t sold any books.  That’s what other jobs are for.

The moral to my rant: don’t be in a rush, just write, perfect your craft, and make connections with other writers (yes, make friends, just like in kindergarden).  But the biggest thing you should focus on is to enjoy writing.  Love writing.  Be happy you can do this at all.  Every single second of it.  Fall in love with your characters.  Drown in the worlds you build.  Plan more ways to thwart your characters and figure out how to get them out of it.

So go! Write! And never, for a second, take for granted our ability to do what we love.

Crazy Dreams

Cale has the funniest dreams.  Many times, I’ll wake up and he’ll be saying something about soccer or directing his team around the field (he played in college).  But a few days ago, when I went to see if he was waking up, he was in the midst of a dream I couldn’t stop laughing about…

Married Dogs

I doggone do

Me: Are you waking up?
Cale: Yes, do I need to get dressed up?
Me: For what?
Cale: For Piggy’s [dog’s] wedding.
Me: She’s getting married today?
Cale: Yes.
Me: Is she wearing a white dress?
Cale: Yes.
Me: Is she marrying a Pitt Bull?
Cale: No.
Me: Is she marrying a German Shepherd?
Cale: Yes.
(Piglet comes into the room)
Me: Do you want to see Pig?
Cale: No, I just saw her and told her I was mad at her.
Me: Why are you mad?
Cale: Because she’s leaving me.
Me: Why is she leaving you?
Cale: Because she’s getting married.

Seriously, it was hilarious and I couldn’t stop laughing.  Eventually, dream Cale got mad at my laughing and finally woke up. Hilarious.