It went well. I tink I read well and managed to keep the audience interested. However, my story didn't get to be their favourite. One theory is that it was too nice, another is that it's fantasy, which is not a accepted genre among literary critics.
I'm beginning to care less about not making first place - the good part is that I got through my first reading alive and well. Every reading from now on will be less terrifying, which is very good, considering that readings are part of the job as writer.
Where is the next one?
My first reading
Yep. It happens tonight, at the literature house in my town. They have a special event for unpublished authors. Four authors share the evening, each has 15 minutes for a text, and 5 minutes for a discussion. There will be a vote for the audience's favourite at the end, and of course I hope that I'll make it.
I'd appreciate any crossing of fingers, squeezing of thumbs or any other good-luck gesture.
I got a mail from my agency today. It seems that my novel has racked up six rejections from different publishers, while two more publishers have not decided yet.
Funny enough, that's reassuring. It was scary to land an agent at first try. Landing a publisher right away would have been trying my luck. Now I can work out a plan for the next round of submissions together with my agent and then let them do their work again.
The worst was not getting any answer for two months. I tried to convince myself that everything was fine, and now it turns out it is. There is nothing that should keep me from writing more.
I think spring is a good time, after all. :)
Yes! I finished my novel today!
It was an effort, I ripped off roughly 5,800 words in the last two days, but boy! was it worth it. I wanted to do it this weekend, and I did!
For many years I have been a person who started things and never finished them. Now it's the second time I that I actually finished a real, tangible, fullbodied novel. This time it has about 130,000 words, which would relate to about 500 pages in print, depending on how it's set.
The only thing still missing is a publisher, but I hope my agent is hard at word finding one. I know these things take time, so I'm trying to be patient. They have only been trying to market my series for about half a year. They also started at the top and are working their way down. Again, that takes time. However, if you feel like it, wish me luck. I can use it. :-)
But for today, it's celebration time! I finished my novel!
Snow Storm - Yay!
It's been snowing since yesterday afternoon. I walked to work, through the stinging, wind-driven snow, determined to experience this. It wasn't too bad, but I think I'll take the bus home, now that I know what my characters will feel when they cross the glacier in that mountain range several books on. *grins*
It's fun to watch the world turn whiter and whiter from the safety of my office. Traffic is still rolling, but then I live in a city. Snowdrifts are less of a problem here.
It's supposed to keep snowing until tomorrow. That certainly wakes memories of the "snow catastrophe" which struck here about 30 years ago. I lived further south then and school only went out for three days for me, while people here couldn't get to school for weeks. Ask anyone in this town, and you'll hear fond memories of how people pulled together and how much fun it was to ski to work.
Maybe, just maybe we'll get a bit of that tomorrow. :D