Bah Humbug…

Thanksgiving weekend was great, until Sunday when I came down with the cold my brother so generously brought with him. Stayed home from work both yesterday and today and feeling really crappy. Just wanted to give a quick update.

Being sick and unable to take meds really sucks.

Still Kicking…(Barely)…

I’m still alive and kicking, just not very energetic these days. I can’t wait for that nesting instinct/burst of energy to hit me. Probably not for another few weeks, but it would be very nice to get some more energy before the baby arrives. The past two weekends I’ve done nothing but sit at home, sleep a lot, and play Final Fantasy X when I was awake. And cuddle with the husband. Other than that, I’ve been a slacker. And it felt good!

Lamaze last night wiped me out. I’m sooooooo tired! Our class ran over because we took a tour of the hospital after our “lecture.” So we didn’t get home till about 10:15 or 10:30. I’m not one who can go directly to sleep after a long day, even if I’m exhausted, so I didn’t fall asleep till 11:30 or midnight, which just isn’t enough sleep for me now. Still, I am comforting myself with the fact that I’m off work Thursday and Friday. I can make it through the day!

Work has been insane the past two days so no work on the WIP. I’m considering anything I get done between now and when the baby’s born as a bonus. And hopefully once the baby’s here I’ll be able to get more done. Of course, that depends on the baby’s schedule and all, but anything’s better than nothing! =)

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Bummer…

Kristin Nelson passed on WAFT. I had such high hopes for her, too. Ah well, life (and the query process) does go on.

On the plus side, I wrote about 3,000 words on the new WIP and finished the first chapter. It took me awhile to get the right start, but I definitely feel positive about it now. Very fast-paced and (I think) exciting from the first line to the last. Of course, I COULD be biased. =)

Now I’m eager to get this one finished so I have another book to query if things don’t work out with WAFT. After all, each one gets better! =)

Query-O-Rama…

So yesterday I managed to rewrite my query letter in such a way that I was satisfied with it. Not sure if it’s better than the other or just as adequate, but I liked it. I tried to tighten it up a bit, get to the main point of the book faster, and keep it as interesting as possible. I then snail mailed one query package and e-queried another agency that only accepts e-queries. I figure I’ll send it out for the next 5 or 6 queries at least to see how it goes. So hopefully we’ll see if the new letter garners any more response than the other one.

Hmm…

…got another form rejection yesterday, this one from CMA. I’m not really THAT disappointed as they weren’t necessarily one of my top choice agencies (don’t get me wrong I would have been thrilled to get an offer), but I am wondering if I need to revise my query letter again. When Kristin Nelson requested the partial I figured I must be on to something with the letter, but so far she’s the only one who’s bitten. So I may take another look at the query letter to see if I can tighten it up more.

Lamaze wore me out last night. By the time we got home it was after 10, and by the time I fell asleep it was after 11. Only two more weeks, though! And only four more weeks of Thursday night class, not counting Thanksgiving cause we’re off. Yay! After that point no regular evening obligations until at least March and maternity leave starts once the baby comes. I’m looking forward to a switch in the routine and spending time with my baby. Even if I DO realize that once he arrives I won’t be getting any more sleep. Probably less!

Hoping to get more words in RIF today. Things are heating up nicely in the opening scene, and about to heat up quite literally! Hey, my main character’s a half human, half elemental being who has to be reborn in fire for her powers to fully awaken. Poor dearie! Mean, evil writer is about to torment her dreadfully! *wicked laugh*

Progress! (Of Sorts)…

We were off work for Veteran’s Day so the weekend was a lovely long affair that, of course, ended too soon. On Friday I let hubby coax me out of the house to go look at gliding rockers for the baby (his parents want to buy it for us as a gift). We ran around to a few stores and then he treated me to dinner at the Olive Garden. Unfortunately his dinner was only so-so which made me feel bad because I talked him out of the Macaroni Grill to go to Olive Garden so I could try one of their new cheesy dinners. Bad, evil me.

At any rate, I didn’t leave the house the whole rest of the weekend. And it was good. Very good. Mostly I sat around watching him play a PS2 game we rented (a racing game called Burnout Revenge) and playing Final Fantasy X myself. Every once in awhile I get the urge to play a game he’s played before but I haven’t. I’m about…er…12 hours into that game and enjoying it. All in all, the weekend was just what this preggo mommy-to-be needed!

Okay, on to the progress part. Today I had some down time so decided to take another stab at the current WIP (the Phoenix one called Reborn in Fire (RIF)). I stared at it for awhile and even wrote a few more paragraphs. And then it struck me what was bugging me about the opening. It’s a solid opening, but it just doesn’t grab you by the seat of your pants like I was wanting to do this time around. I decided to rewrite it, starting later in the action and this time trying first person POV since it worked so well for me with the last WIP. 1,000 words later I decided we were back in business. It’s much more gripping, fast-paced, and fun. I’m still settling into my new character’s POV (she’s going to be sarcastic just like my last heroine but not quite as abrasive), but so far I’m liking it.

So, finally, progress. Even though I ripped out 1,500 words and now only have 1,000. Quality over quantity!

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Speedy Delivery…

…and unfortunately not a positive one. The Knight Agency rejected my e-query already. On the one hand at least I’m not left in limbo wondering if they got the e-query this time. But on the other hand I had hoped they might request a partial at least. Oh well, such is the query-go-round!

Now if I can just manage to make it through the day without biting anyone’s head off…I’m away from my own desk and covering for someone else again which tends to make me cranky. Especially now that I’m 8 months pregnant with a back and feet that always hurt. I just want to sit at my own desk and do my work there. Is that too much to ask? *cry*

Okay, rant over. Back to work now…