You know, everytime I look at that title I feel like I should be gearing up at the restaurant for lunch. So I think on today's menu, I want Mexican, but hold the guacamole for me.
I want to say Thank You and Welcome to all my new friends. Ready -- Jackee, Am-swan, Elisa, John, Valerie, L'Aussie, Jaydee, Angela, Doris, Ed, Laughing Wolf, Alex, Linda, Kelley, Sandy, Cheree, Stay-at-home-mom, Wendy, Annie B., Francine and Les! Whew! Okay, I've always got a pot of coffee on, and there's a buffet set up in the dining room if you're hungry. The pool is now open but bathing suits are required. Monster Baby is only five and I don't want to have to explain to her what 'jiggly parts' are, if you know what I mean. (And if I've forgotten anyone, please let me know, I have new glasses and are still getting used to them -- bifocals argh!)
And hey, I hit 151 followers! That's an accomplishment! I'm thrilled and delighted beyond words to have so many people wanting to stop by to hear what I have to say. I wish I could have a contest but alas, the monetary fund is running low right now. But someday I will have the bestest, hugest, fabuloustest contest ever in the whole of blogdom. Pinkie swear!
Okay, so let's get down to business...I've been working on THE CAPTAIN'S HOUSE. First I had to remove the ugly and put in some pretty. Then I had to rewrite a couple of scenes. I've put in about 2500 new words in the last few days. Not a whole lot but not bad either, considering it's only been two actual days I've had to write. (If Monster Baby would stay in bed until at least eight a.m. I would get a whole lot more done.) I dug out my handwritten manuscript yesterday and spent last night going over it. I also found my outline.
Can you hear me laughing from your house? I am so glad I am not a newbie anymore. And please please please I meant no disrespect to any of my friends or lurkers who are newbies. It's just me. I hate to be new at anything. The thought of trying something, just once, sends me into a panic. Hence the no guacamole. I am so thankful I have written a book and am querying. I am so grateful I have received more than 68 rejections on queries and paritals. I am tickled pink I can look at an old ms. and say, "Wow, what the hell was I thinking?" I am an old hat at this game now.
I like learning how to do new things, I really do, but the thought of doing them and getting it wrong scares me. I get butterflies like it's prom night. What if I'm no good, what if it doesn't work right, what if I screw it up?
Yeah, it's called practice. Practice makes perfect. And I think I've had lots of practice with this whole writing thing now. I can edit without flinching. I can query without trembling. I can kill my darlings without batting an eye. It's great. It's hard, and it's frustrating, and time consuming and if I ever got a request for a full I'll probably have a heart attack right there on the spot, but see, now that would be a first for me. And I am scared to death! But that's just me.
So newbie's, if you're out there, don't be afraid. Grab that pen, that keyboard, that big bottle of water and peanut butter crackers and go to it. Write that book, finish it, don't be scared. Write that query, look up those agents, get your ms. spit polished til it shines -- you know why, writing is the best job anyone can ever have. Sure it sucks at times, sure you're crazy scared, sure you probably have to live on love for awhile and put off getting that new car, but you know what, there's nothing better. Nothing at all like it in the whole world!
Even when you look back someday at your very first manuscript and you say to yourself, "What the hell was I thinking?" It's a great feeling.