Everyone but me was drinking. I bombed, even though I was only drinking water. However, some realizations hit me over the head the next day, and here they are:
Be realistic about yourself. There was a category about alcohol. I’m
I also know I am not a romance writer. I can’t write science fiction. I can’t do horror (but my current hair-do does qualify me to be a freak show exhibit). Although I do try to stretch outside my memoir box occasionally, I know my general lane and am well aware of my deficiencies, which leads to the next realization…
|1. See the "Eclectic" section.
Learn to laugh at and joke about your rejections and your mistakes. “Hey, that rejection came back to
me faster than the speed of sound,” or “Perhaps they haven’t sent an acceptance because they’re
arguing amongst themselves over how high my advance should be. Each editor thinks it should be
higher.” It’s better to laugh than cry.
|2. (Again, see the "Eclectic" section)
Right now I’m in a blurb group and a query letter and synopsis group through SCBWI (Society of
Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). No agent is beating down my door to sign me, so perhaps
what I am submitting needs to
|3. (See the next section for an explanation.)
Maybe you have a friend who is into dog shows. You might use their expertise and include a dog show thread in your murder mystery. I have a friend who spent part of their married life in an isolated part of Alaska. Crazy things happened to her. Perhaps I could use that lonely place as a back-drop for a piece of flash fiction. Use your friends (in a good way) and use their unique interests.
Even though I’m licking my wounds (which is better than licking the ice cream off a fudgsicle) because of my epic loss, I learned some things about myself.
|4. (See the above section for an explanation of why this is here.)
Sioux has lots of time to write these days... and yet she's wily enough to avoid it most of the time. She's a full time middle school teacher (from a distance currently), a part-time frustrated novelist and part-time "fetch" partner with her dog, Radar. If you'd like to read more of her work, check out her blog.
And do you give up? 1--Malibu rum. 2--Barefoot wine. 3. Jagermeister. 4. Smirnoff