In writing news, my agent decided to leave agenting, so I am now unagented. Definitely a plot twist I wasn’t expecting. But hey, that’s life. Especially publishing life. That said, she was so much fun to work with and I wish her the best on her next adventures. My next adventures include jumping back into the query trenches (eventually). I’m not in a rush to do so. In fact, I’m taking this time to write a verse novel very close to my heart and, other than that, I’m looking forward to enjoying the holidays as a newlywed. I’m tentatively aiming to query in the spring. Until then, I just have to keep my chin up and my fingers on the keyboard...which brings me to my next story.
My trusted laptop since 2014 died this past November. I was so incredibly sad to say goodbye. I’ve written so many stories on that computer, made countless friendships, and followed the dream with its keyboard guiding the way. But if I was only able to share one piece of advice with a writer, I’d say this: Do not get in your own way, and do not let life get in the way either. Keep writing. Keep going. Keep dreaming. I have a new laptop now. I’ve named her Rosie, for all the rosie times ahead, and I’ve been leaning on my writer friends to keep me energized and believing!
It can be so easy—too easy—to give up, especially when you hit a bump in the road. But I live in Missouri. Potholes are everywhere, right? You still need to get to your destination. Call an Uber if you have to. (An Uber, in this case, would be a close writing buddy.) Knowing when to lean on others is a great strength. So is knowing when you need a break and how to make decisions to keep going.
I believe in you.
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