Showing Off the Shiny New Prettiness…

Isn’t it FABULOUS? =) It’s a piece I commissioned from the uber-talented husband of my girl , Kent Madden. And I’m sure will refresh me as to what his website is again in case YOU want to commission any awesome art from him. =) This one is based on my manuscript, Reborn in Fire, and represents the four elements along with the four types of Elementals: Phoenixes, Dragons, Selkies, and Gryphons. I wasn’t sure how he could make Selkies look halfway as edgy and cool as the other mythical beasties, but he MORE than succeeded. All praise the great Kent! =)

And yeah, when I get time (I’m at work today), I will put up a bigger, clearer picture on my website for those as wants to see it in ALL its splendor! =)

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Blah de Blahs…

Spent most of today preparing for/participating in a baby shower for my cousin (whose son will be the second great-grandchild, following after my own almost 18-month-old son. The fact I had Zack at 29 and cuz is having his son at 18 is a bit disturbing, but what can ya do?) This was actually a good thing, because it kept my mind occupied and OFF of the full manuscript.

Then we got home. And doubt and second-guessing set in. She’ll HATE it. The opening rocks so much that the rest of it can’t POSSIBLY measure up. No way is she going to offer to rep me. She’ll HATE it. I’ll never get an agent. I’ll never get published. I suck. She’ll HATE it!

Yeah, sensing a theme? Whiney ranty baby me! Heh.

So I decided to indulge in a nice, long, hot bath and took Stephen King’s On Writing with me. I figured this would be a nice, inspirational re-read that would get me OUT of my self-indulgent funk, and also provide a refresher course since I haven’t read this book in a couple years. And now I’m going to curl up on the recliner and read some more. =)

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P.S. This isn’t a plea for ego-boosting or anything, just a wannabe writer being honest. I think it’s important to talk about the downs along with the ups.

Oh the Humanity…

…and angst. No email or phone lovin’. I think the absolute hardest part about this business is the WAITING. Tom Petty sure was right about that…

And yes, I am trying not to think about it. But that often makes me just think about it more. My mind’s perverse like that.

At least it’s the weekend. My husband and baby will be able to help distract me. We are planning to take Zack swimming in our family-sized inflatable pool tonight. Can’t beat it for 20 bucks–it’s plenty big enough for husband and me to soak in it, leaving a lot of room for Zack to splash around. And it’s just deep enough that we don’t have to worry about having floaties or anything for him to stay on his feet. And seeing how temps are hovering around the 100 degree mark, it will feel great this evening. Especially since our back yard will be all shady by the time we “dive” in. =)

I’m thinking I really MUST do some writing this weekend, whether that be world-building or actually getting new words on one of the WIP’s. And I simply MUST remind myself that hearing about the full may well take weeks. And, even then, I most likely won’t get the answer I want.

Just a small reality check for myself. Are you listening, Self?!?

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Have a great weekend, everyone!