Thursday, December 16, 2010

Pamper the Writer in you

Hello My Lovelies

Can you tell am awfully chirpy this morning?
I have had a week or more of bad news rolling in, you know how everything just seems to pile up on top of you when you are down? Well am over it now and the writer in me survived too, I am ready to start blog stalking too.
I could not take myself to a Spa or even a Cafe for some solitude, because lets face it when you have a child or even a pet they hardly understand the words "Mummy needs to take a time out now". So what I did was just give in and let my brain take a vacation (Sad I know), every night I made sure I wrote 50 words - 50 words that were sometimes spread over 2 WIPs, 50 words my mind told me was the worst thing ever written - a monkey with a typewriter could do a better job, but I still wrote something every night.

I had a rewrite for a chapter that I desperately wanted to send to the Harlequin fast track thingie but I just could not bring myself to do it. Now you know that thing inside every writer that just does not make you give up? it yelled at me yesterday. So after getting the toddler fed, cleaned and watered I cranked out 17 new pages in addition to my original one page, cranked out another 2 paged synopsis and sent it off to Harlequin with just 4 minutes to spare.

For once I did not feel like it was crap (it could still be to the editors) but the fact is - I DID IT! and I feel proud of myself, I got my mojo back and if you are in the dumps (blame the weather) you can get out of it too okay? just grab yourself a cup of coffee and tell yourself it will work out in the end - No Worries!



  1. Hi,

    Well done, and good luck with HM&B fast-track thingy! Fingers-crossed for you.

    It didn't even register on my radar as worthwhile - I think for me they're not the right publisher: like I can choose, that is . . .

    Category romance, even single titles are not up to my word count, and I really do love stories with multiple characters, indepth character profiles and family saga as opposed to plot centred on two main characters throughout. Just me, perhaps, who knows, but I've never encountered a family saga within HM&B lines. ;)


  2. Good for you, Joanna! Big pat on the back and virtual chocolate for not giving up!!

  3. Way to go Joanna! Sock it to them, and hang in there!

    You can of course take a break and come over to The Farm for some trivia!

  4. Good for you, hon. These spells come and go in cycles. I just wait them out.

  5. GOOD for you!!

    I was going to finish revising my book over my break from school. 5 weeks - I thought it would be plenty of time. So far, everytime I have sat down to do it, the kids' school has been cancelled and they have been hyper and loud. I can't concentrate long enough to do a sentence more or less a chapter! Oh well - it is just going to take longer than I thought.

  6. Glad you got out of the funk. Wishing you happy writing times, ahead. Go you :-)

  7. Way to pull yourself out of the dumps! Best of luck on the submission! That's awesome! =)

    Please check out this week’s anonymous critique!

  8. Wowee! Thank God, you made it. I would have spanked you with my keyboard if you didn't make it. (a big Thank You for the Harlequin referral).

    Just take it easy as everyone falls under the weather once in a while or every other while. And, you are not alone.

  9. Good job! Been under it all myself for a while now, hiding and avoiding public and social media contact mostly because I'm facing a major rewrite of my manuscript. But it's got to be done and being depressed about it isn't going to change anything so, like you, I'm pulling myself up by my bootstraps and getting to work.

    Sometimes it just takes some down time before you can get back up again, right?

  10. @rachel ouch! good thing I sent it in eh?
    @Megan,shannon,happy whisk and Gramps - thank you
    @ MariaZ that is so true
    @Kimber hang in there
    @Francine - ha ha I just look at it as different strokes I do do love harlequin they have their own appeal just like othe pub houses and self pubs have theirs

  11. YAH, Joanna!

    I know exactly how you felt, I am so glad you did it! Sometimes we need to slap ourselves back into reality.

    I did that a few days ago when I looked at the mess in my condo. Christmas crap everywhere and I was still in bed. Since I got back from sunny Florida, I felt the life was zapped out of me.

    I'm back, too.

    Good luck with Harlequin, I hope they snap you up!


  12. Good for you! When life gives you lemons, throw them at that cranky internal editor and get back to the good stuff!

  13. ha ha teri you want my internal editor to get wrinkly.
    @Mike yeah we are the comeback twins and i hope they or anybody snaps me up too

  14. Hey, ray of sunshine girl, congrats on steppin' it up.

  15. I think that happens to all of us, and I’m glad you got out of it. Congratulations on your submission and I wish you the best of luck with it.

  16. Congratulations! Slogging through the words is hard, but coming out on the other side is worth it.

    Good luck on your submission!

  17. Hurray!! Congratulations on finishing!!!!

  18. What matters is that you're writing & you're doing so when you can. Wishing you the best of luck w/ your submission!

  19. #
    December 8, 2010

    Good Afternoon ~ I’m curious if once we do submit if there is a confirmation of receipt. Thanks so much!
    December 9, 2010

    Hi Denise,

    You won’t receive a confirmation of receipt as you’re sending us your submission as an email. Sorry for the low-techyness of it, but our email servers are quite sturdy! If you haven’t received a response by January 31st, which is OUR deadline to respond to all submissions, please send another email to the same address and we’ll get in touch. Thanks!

    Olga @ the Harlequin Blog

    Hope it helped clarify and put to rest, your anxiety.

  20. Good for you! We've all been in downturns at one point or another, and it's just a matter of hanging in there!

  21. Congrats on kickin it into gear and getting your fast track thingy in on time!

  22. Yay! Glad to have you back and in fine form. You know, sometimes you just need to take a break! I fully intend to soon!

  23. Good for you! I've been there before. Like you, I have that voice inside telling me not to give up. Great post! :)

  24. Well done you! Glad you got your mojo back.

  25. I love your spirit, Joanna! I think some of it is rubbing off on me. :)

  26. Good timing. I think my brain honestly needs a break from writing. Though - every time I say that I end up writing frantically on something else.

  27. Yay, you!! Sometimes you just have to jump right in there with both feet. Congrats on getting it done. ;o)

  28. Yay!!!!! Well done you!!! I love that you got your mojo back with just four minutes to spare!! Phew!! What a nailbiting finish!!!

    GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!! I have everything crossed for you!!

    Take care and well done again!! x

  29. Go, Joanna! You pulled through. I think it's a perfectly healthy thing to step away for a bit - like anything else, our writing muscles need to recharge at times.

    And some of us need our blog-muscles recharged too. ;)

  30. Time-outs can be good for us. I'm really impressed that you made yourself write those 50 words every day, despite being on a break. And best of luck with the submission!

  31. Well done. It can be hard getting the muse driving you along!

  32. So well done and you deserve sucess after all the hard but your dogged determination. Keep smiling and writing, and of course Blogging!...hugs x

  33. Go you! Good luck with the submission, but most of all, I'm so impressed you managed to weather the dumps and pull yourself out of them!

  34. Good for you! So glad you managed to psych yourself up again :)


  35. Wow 4 minutes to spare that's living on the edge. When life and writing have their ups and downs all you can do is ride the waves. Good luck with your submission!



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