It’s been a while since I’ve posted. I finished the novel around Thanksgiving, and although there are things I still want to change, transitions and scenes I want to tweak, sentences I want to polish a little more, I sent my book baby off into the world. Despite the urge to continue manipulating and recreating, I knew I had to let this one go. I asked for and received feedback from readers rather than writers, and I think that feedback has helped make a better story overall. I am hopeful that an agent will pick it up and I will have the opportunity to adjust the manuscript based on the agent’s and/or publisher’s feedback as well.
In the meantime, I have received another two rejections (from New England Review and Crazyhorse) of a short story that were versions of an excerpt from the book. I have also read “Cat Person” by Kristen Roupenian, learned of her six-figure book deal, and have eaten my heart out with jealousy.
In the weeks after I finished and sent the book off, I have wandered around the house like Betty Draper (a thicker, less polished Betty, to be sure) finishing Christmas shopping and sweeping and making peppermint bark and staring off into space.
I need another project, and soon.