Well, it hasn't been the best of weeks here, but I'll try to make this as positive as I can make it - even if I have to spin it up a little.
I finally got a response from the publisher I've been waiting on for 16 months. The answer was that I can now proceed with querying again. And so I have. Back out into the world. Maybe this time will be the charm. Also good news is that my book was in the top 6% of all submissions (maybe even lower a percentage since the last update they gave on submissions left to decide on was a month ago and I was one of the last they contacted).
As I said, I'm querying again. The first four went out. I'm using the Premium Membership functions at QueryTracker to both research the agents for a good fit, and to keep track of my submissions. It's only $25 a year or if you don't want to do a year, it's $8 for three months. Works for me, man.
I had some weird shit happen a couple days ago which totally took my mind off just about everything else, which is always good.
In writing news, I rolled over 60K yesterday. Not the biggest week I've had, but like I said, stuff happened which by necessity, made the word count slip. Still, 10K for the week is nothing to sneeze at. And hey, I wrote 60K words from 1/3 to 2/1, so I'm calling it a win. I'm still hoping to have this rewrite completed by Valentine's Day. And out of those29 days, I wrote every day but three. So...
I managed to keep up with my resolutions through January. 1) Take my writing more seriously. Check. 2) Reduce irritation from my life. Check. 3) Take myself for who I am. Okay, so this isn't a full check. But at least I'm not berating myself for every freakin' pound. Like Popeye, I am what I am.
As for reading, I read 12 books in January! Most of them were ebooks - which read quicker for me - but I did manage some hardcopy books, too.
And that's all the positivity I have this morning. How did your week go? Remember, with these posts, you can talk about anything you want, but try to find something positive or try to find a positive in your negatives - even if it's only "I fell down, but being flat on the ground made it possible for me to see a tiny flower up close." ;o)