A Day of Reading

It’s been a few long, hard months finishing up the most recent edit for my book, but I’m within pages of formatting it and shipping it out to agents.

With all the hard work and long nights after work polishing my story, I felt the need for a writing break.

So, today, aside from a few hours spent at a baby shower, I’ve enjoyed a couple books, lazing around the house and feeling cozy and sleepy while I read. Like I’m sitting cuddled up in front of a blazing fire in the middle of winter sipping hot chocolate.

A reading day was much needed.

Here are the books I’ve been reading today:

“The Nethergrim” by Matthew Jacobin

“Hooked – Write Fiction That Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go” by Les Edgerton. (I know it’s a book about writing, but it still counts as a good read).

“Egg & Spoon” by Gregory Maguire

They’re all interesting for different reasons, and I’ve been pawing my way through them.

I’m a polygamous reader, if you know what that means. I rarely read only one book at a time because most books can’t hold my attention long enough to read straight through in one go. But since I read well over a hundred novels/reference books/non-fiction/etc per year, I’m not really worried about my reading style.

As a writer, these reading days are essential. At times, we can get so mired in the logistics and demands of writing we forget that writers first began as readers. Usually voracious readers. So I’m working on my voracity today. 🙂

Go ahead. Grab a book, curl up in bed/on a couch/a big comfy pillow and read, read, read to fill your heart and mind with fresh faces, new ideas, and an ever-widening view of the world.

Happy reading!! (And writing, too).

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.”
― George R.R. MartinA Dance with Dragons
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
― Dr. SeussI Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

“Her soul belongs to words and books. Every time she reads, she is home.”
― Anonymous

Happy Hundred and MUCH More!!

Hey, there, fellow bloggers and friends!

Today, I surpassed 100 followers on my blog! I cannot tell you how much it means to me. Thanks for supporting me and laughing with me and critiquing me as I make my way into publication.

And for more exciting news…….

I had a request for my full manuscript from an agency!!!

 

SQUEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I wanted to find a picture that accurately represents my excitement, but there just is not one to be found! AHHH!!!

Now, I’m being realistic (despite how much I’m jumping up and down for glee!), and I know this is a LONG way from landing an agent or any kind of publishing deal.

But it SO made my day. Maybe even my year! I did NOT anticipate hearing back from anyone in a positive way for many more months, so this has been a boon to my creative juices and my self-esteem.

I couldn’t even finish my dinner because I was nearly hyperventilating. So, alas, my peanut butter/banana sandwich lies neglected. Sorry, samich. This is MUCH more exciting! I immediately called my parents, who have never wavered in their love and support of my writing, but could barely talk because I was so choked up with astonishment and squealing like a greased pig!! (Ew. That’s a gross reference).

I just had to share with you all. Even if this takes me nowhere past sending a full manuscript, it’s still a sign that people do like my work and that I’m headed in the right direction.

As are you! Keep trudging along, fellow writers/reader/tinkerers! I wish you every single joy and blessing I can think of!! (I’m feeling pretty magnanimous right now).

Now… let’s see if my stomach will calm enough to finish my dinner.

I’m thinking….

NOT!!!

 

Happy writing!

 

“When I finally find that one willing agent, I’ll have found my prize in the Cracker Jack box.” 
― Richelle E. Goodrich