On Monogamy

Dear Future Publisher,

I’ve been cheating on you.

But here’s the thing.  I never promised to be exclusive.

I love what we share.  I love weaving worlds with the written word.  I love everything I do for you, for us.  Every minute of it.

But when I swore I was passionate about this, I never promised I had no other interests.  I didn’t vow to be monogamous to writing, to put it before all other interests and deny myself all other pleasures.  I didn’t say, “I will love this and only this.”

I want to please you, but I also have to please myself.

I know what you’re thinking – what is she getting at?

I cheated.  It’s true.  I cheated with theatre. Continue reading


On Progress and Polish

Dear Future Publisher,

One down.

Today I finished my first round of edits on the WIP.  I’m down almost 8000 words, which, as I’ve expressed before, is a really big deal for me.  And more importantly, of the remaining words (all 114,803 of them), a higher percentage are now good words, and fewer are poor words that need to be eviscerated and die a miserable death.  I am far happier with the manuscript as a whole, have mended some problematic scenes and deleted some unnecessary ones, and can see the complete picture more clearly.  It is a book.  It works. Continue reading