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October 7, 2009

Going public

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I’ve been thinking a lot about my future plans, the immediate future and after having an email chat with Kim (hi Kim!) I decided I would go public with my plans here as well.  I figure the more people who know about my latest bit of madness the better, because I need all the support/encouragement/nudging I can get.

So here’s the deal.  I plan, by year’s end to have 3 manuscripts of at least 50,000 words.  The first is nearly there and well, just needs some attention (the manuscript previously known as my NaNo book).  The second is going to be my NaNoWriMo challenge for this year – I’m pretty sure I know what story it is going to be but we’ll see how I feel at the end of this month when I make the final decision.  The third manuscript is the one I’m currently working on, “Redemption”.  It’s at 11,000 and some change without my latest additions and I’m about half way through my latest “draft.”  It’s 83 pages and I’m working old school (pen and paper) to fill it out.

That is half of my future plan.  The other half is to start researching agents and start the query process early next year.    Yup, I’ve said it out loud.   Or at least the internet version of saying it out loud. 

I’ve reached this point in my life where it’s do or die.  I’ve sabotaged myself enough and I just need to dive head first into this thing called writing for publication.  I’ve been writing for myself since I was 12 and I’m not afraid to admit that was . . . 27 years ago.   Now it’s time to start writing for the world.

Yikes that was scary to put down someplace where I *know* people are going to read it.  I’m not going to spill how many other blogs I’ve had over the years that no one else ever saw.  I will admit I’m thrilled they a) don’t exist anymore and b) no one read them.  I’ve been prone to melodrama in blogs/journals in the past.

So that’s the state of things here more or less.  I also promise to get back to this blog more often.  I know, I know, I’ve said that before but I mean it this time.  I promise.


  1. yeah! hurrah! yippeee!
    that wasn’t so hard, was it?
    your journey’s begun…

    Bon Voyage! 🙂

    Comment by blissbait — October 7, 2009 @ 12:34 am

  2. Yay for you! Congratulations on making your resolution and good luck seeing it through – the Wiffers are right behind you 🙂

    Comment by Davina — October 7, 2009 @ 5:57 am

  3. blissbait – thanks for the comment and the drop in. Great name by the way. It wasn’t hard until the read through.

    Davina – I can feel the power and support of the Wiffers, you guys are great.

    Comment by coffeegirl88 — October 7, 2009 @ 9:14 am

  4. Awesome! *Drink*

    I still like to work with pen and paper as well, particularly after the first draft is done. Somehow it makes you think differently.

    Comment by Karen — October 7, 2009 @ 9:44 am

  5. Thanks Karen.

    I hadn’t thought about it, but writing by hand does seem to make me think differently. I’d always gone back to it when I was stuck because it was how I started. I’d turn to my typewriter, but, I don’t have one anymore.

    Comment by coffeegirl88 — October 7, 2009 @ 11:39 am

  6. Great post, Cyn. I’m proud of you for being able to kick yourself in the butt in public, so to speak. Just know that there’s a lot of us out here who love you and are ready to support you, and nudge you as much as needed, so don’t be afraid to use us! Networking with other writer’s has been the most helpful thing for me … nobody understands a writer like another writer.

    Also know that you have a partner in crime. I’m in very much the same boat … I think 2010 is going to have to be the year for me to get off my proverbial pot and get my story done and send it out to the world (or, at least, some agents). After all, I turned 27 … a few years before you did. 🙂

    Comment by kimberlyfoley — October 7, 2009 @ 12:25 pm

  7. Yay, and go you!

    I’m coming from pretty much the same place, and am planning to start the query process next year on the novel I’ve been working on since before I met my husband (that would be almost exactly five years). So if you want a query buddy to hold hands and commiserate with, just let me know.

    Comment by Jean — October 7, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

  8. Thank you again Kim and yup, I know I’ve got a partner in crime (or 2 or 4 or so) but it’s still good to hear it.

    Jean, sounds like a plan, I know I’ll be posting here and Facebook and probably the forums as I go along.

    Comment by coffeegirl88 — October 7, 2009 @ 1:05 pm

  9. Way to go! I’ll be supporting you through this process as well! I set my goal for finishing any of my three manuscripts by my next birthday in September. There will be plenty of commiseration going on!

    Comment by Jennifer — October 7, 2009 @ 9:24 pm

  10. Thank you Jennifer and way to go setting your own goals.

    Comment by coffeegirl88 — October 8, 2009 @ 12:21 am

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