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Saturday, February 23, 2013

WAITING

Penelope
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Poor Penelope waited patiently for years for her husband, Odysseus, to return from his long journey. But her patience paid off, and eventually he return.

I'm kind of like Penelope now— playing the waiting game for news about my novel "Shadow of the Lion"  I've sent it out to several publisher, some in UK and others in US and it takes months to get any responses. The frustrating part is also that every submission guideline is different so I have to alter the queries and enclosures with each submission. This can be confusing and time consuming.

So, though I haven't been writing much on my blog these days, it's because I've been occupied with this other task. As well, I am working on the other novel "Dragons in the Sky"  I've done a little bit of new writing for it, but mostly I've been making notes and editing from suggestions made by my Scribblers writer's group.

Then there's the travel writing. I try to keep up with the two stories a month I like to submit to EuropeUpClose (on-line) and still have a list of stories to prepare for other freelance markets. Oh, if only I had the time!

These days I am still instructing classes. (Today I had an all-day class in memoir writing, just the same as I did last weekend.) And I have Write from the Heart groups Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings plus a creative writing class Tuesday nights. Next month I'm thinking of launching an in-home writing group again but I'm waiting for these others to wind down. I also attend my faithful and inspiring writing critique group, The Scribblers, every Monday night.

Somewhere in between I squeeze in some pleasure and leisure time. I love going to listen to jazz or the blues and hang out with my friends. This is Oscar weekend so I'm having a little party tomorrow, formal and classy, with my girlfriends.

Then I'll be back at the writing and editing again. And hopefully I'll post a few more blogs soon.
Meanwhile, thanks for reading!

4 comments:

helen Moat said...

Full of admiration for you Ruth. Wish I had half your determination and energy! Good luck with your book.

Wynn Bexton said...

Thanks for reading Helen. Well Shadow of the Lion took me 15 years to write/edit etc and I feel it deserves a print publication so I'm trying that first. It's such a long haul and requires a LOT of patience!

Debra Young said...

Hope Shadow of the Lion sells! On the time management front, it is amazing how much you get done even when it feels like you don't have enough time. Same for me! d:)

Wynn Bexton said...

Debra I know you are very disciplined and this is part of it. I try to stay focused and keep track of all the time I spend writing, researching, editing etc. While I wait for Shadow, I am busy working on the other novel. And getting some travel stories written!