Oh my, it’s been a few days, huh? I’ve been trying to keep up with the COM (for those who don’t know, it’s a sort of writing exercise happening on Miss Snark’s blog) and everyone’s blogs but I confess I’ve been so busy. I know I owe some emails (one of you in particular, I’m sorry) but I swear, I’ve barely had a minute to myself.
And my email load has gone up sharply, too. I’ve been lucky enough to have several people email me to congratulate me on the COM, or to say thanks, or to say something nice about my comments in general, which was absolutely lovely. So despite the busyness I’ve had a really nice week!
Oh, and I have been anointed “Queen of Blow-Job Fiction”. The anointer (someone I argued with at the AW forums) was trying to be rude and nasty, but I think it’s a pretty cool compliment. Who wouldn’t want to be Queen? And what’s wrong with blow-job fiction?
I confess, though, I’m burning out on the COM. I don’t know how Miss S, or any other agent, does it. This is the clearest look at a real agent’s slushpile I think I’ve ever seen, and it’s amazing they manage to slog through it all. Granted, I do think it’s harder on a computer screen, but still. Wow. How many has she actually requested pages on, out of the 400 she’s done? 25, maybe? 50 or 60 tops? Has anyone been counting?
It makes me a little sad, too, the number of entries that end up with no comments, or only one or two. People who’ve put their heart into those hooks, and not only does Miss S not find it interesting, nobody else does either.
And of course I’m terribly worried about my 750 words. I decided after getting the request that my opening needed to be rewritten, to get the “dead body” right in at the start. So I scrapped about the first 1000 words or so and made the fifth page or so the beginning, and I do hope it works. After the new year I need to redo the whole first chapter so I can get the essential backstory in.
And I’m rereading a bunch of Maeve Binchy books. I do love her books. They’re very soothing, which is just what I need this time of year.
More tomorrow. Rants, plus an early New Year’s Resolution that will be easy to keep. In fact, it will be part of a resolution challenge, where I’ll try to force all of you to do it with me and we’ll discuss it throughout the year. (It’s to do with books, not weight loss or giving up fuckwords or anything dull like that.)