Wednesday, December 1, 2021

#IWSG: December: BACK IN THE GAME

                                                                 


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Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

This month's optional question:
 In your writing, what stresses you the most? What delights you?

The awesome co-hosts for the December 1 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando, Diane Burton, Louise – Fundy Blue, Natalie Aguirre, and Jacqui Murray!




I love coming up with new story ideas. Opening scenes excite me. The release of a new book, movie, or TV series creates the same feeling in me as a kid on Christmas morning. When an author I love writes another book in the series I adore, I jump for joy like I won the lottery.  

Stressing....where do I start?? I'm over stressing about not being able to control my writing career. After wining countless writing contests and securing a literary agent, my agent left her agency a year ago and went straight for representing only graphic novels. She quit before we even got started so to speak. Don't get me wrong. I love graphic novels and so do kids! But there is so much more to the middle-grade and young adult market. And, yes, I could publish more books with my original publisher of my first book, but something is holding me back. 

I'm back in the writing saddle and changing things up. Being a teacher and a librarian for over a decade, I understand what kids want to read. Running two libraries and helping my daughter with endless amounts of homework last year, left me exhausted and unable for any time to write or think about my writing career. Working from home has freed me! With several books ready to go, I will be forging a different path in the new year. 

Is your holiday season starting out on a good note? On a scale of 1-10, how excited do you get over new releases, book series, or a new season of your favorite show? 10 for me!!!

FYI: Alex Rider season two drops December 3rd! Locke and Key season two did not disappoint.

26 comments:

  1. Ooo! 10 on all! Anxiously waiting for the 6th season of OUTLANDER. And yes, thank you...my holiday season is off to a great start having spent Thanksgiving in the States with my oldest daughter, and will be traveling back to the States for Christmas and New Years. Wishing you all the joy and health this holiday season.

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    1. Six seasons??! I love when your favorite series keeps going.

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  2. Hi,
    You have had a lot on your plate, and you've pulled through it all. Follow your gut feeling and don't rush yourself. Things will turn out okay and another agent that is even better may pop up on the horizon.
    Wishing you all the best.
    Have a Merry Christmas and a safe crossover into 2022.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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    1. Thank you! I've been trying to figure things out:)

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  3. Hi Jennifer, what a bummer that your agent left her agency. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas in advance.

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    1. Thanks! It's been a crazy year. I'm feeling much better about my situation now.

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  4. Sorry you lost your agent but glad the writing fire has been lit again.

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  5. Oof! That's tough about the agent. I'm glad you're bouncing back, though. Here's to 2022 being the year for more writing!

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  6. I'm amazed you get to work from home - but so glad you do!

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    1. Me too! I keep pinching myself:) I do have to go to the rental places, but it's not very often.

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  7. It's hard dealing with the lack of control when trying to get published. Sorry that you lost your agent before you got started. You've got a lot on your plate, and it sounds like you're juggling it all well. Enjoy your holidays!

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    1. Thank you! It was really hard, but now I'm in control and I intend to do it right!

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  8. Several books ready to go, Jennifer! Yay for you! Good luck and happy writing! Wishing you a happy holiday season!

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    1. I'm so ready to get this new career started! You too!

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  9. New ideas are like sparks of joy! Losing an agent, not so much. Maybe it will turn out to be for the best, though.

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    1. I think it will! I'm ready to be in control of my career:)

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  10. I think the past couple years have taken a lot out of all of us. Glad you're finding your rhythm again.

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  11. I love new ideas and having them walk around in my head while they develop into full fledged stories!
    Enjoy the holidays and all the best for those stories!!

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    1. We are always thinking about writing! I love that characters and plots develop in our heads first.

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  12. New ideas are always fun.
    Sorry about your agent: that sucks. But maybe there is a silver lining?

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    1. It has forced me to go it on my own and do things right.

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  13. Sounds like you're on an upswing going into the new year. Here's hoping 2022 is easier for all of us!

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