Wednesday, July 29, 2009

What a month!

July has been packed full of work and travel. I really enjoyed my time in DC. We did some sightseeing; I had meetings with a couple of lovely editors. The panels were excellent -- Anne Stuart was lovely, as always. The workshops I participated in went well, apart from the fire alarm in the middle. That was awesome.

Since coming home, I've been working like crazy, and I've finished revisions on two projects: Nightfall (apocalyptic paranormal romance) and Bronze Gods (the steampunk I told you about). Those are now in the hands of my agent and/or editor, so I'll be on tenterhooks until the verdict comes back.

No matter how many books I sell, I never lose the quiet worry that dovetails with the excitement. Will anyone else like this? Will it go the distance? With nine books under contract, I haven't been on the waiting wheel for a good while. (I call it that because in my mind I'm a hamster spinning until somebody gets back to me. Oh, I might be moving but I'm not really going anywhere until I have the answer.) And it's hard not to obsess about it, even as you tell yourself intellectually, they're busy people. I shouldn't think about it. It will be months before I know anything. But how do you NOT think about it?

Give me some techniques and strategies for getting weighty issues off your mind, will you?


Blodeuedd said...

Sorry can't help you there, I always think too much.
Hopefully someone will have some advice for me too.

I like the sound of that apocalyptic romance

Angie Fox said...

I'm a big fan of the chocolate technique. Or perhaps a good book.

Love the title Bronze Gods for steampunk. Hang in there - both these projects sound great.

Jess Granger said...

Man I'm in the same boat.


Ann Aguirre said...

Waiting sucks! I'm supposed to have written a synopsis this afternoon and so far, nada. All promotional stuff, which I think might be a total waste of my time and energy.

The steampunk trilogy has some great titles.

Bronze Gods
Silver Mirrors
Golden Idols

Jess, I so know what you mean.

Venus Vaughn said...

It's a very temporary solution, but I do a Sudoku puzzle or three to get my mind back to basics.

It's good for a break or trying to get to sleep because it activates a different part of the brain, but it also has no long-term impact, and, well, it simply doesn't matter if you get it wrong. There's always another puzzle in the book.

A nice low-tech solution to a racing mind.