For anyone who doesn't know, the Mills and Boon editors will later be making public a list of those New Voices contest entrants whose work shows promise, and who they'll be contacting once the competition is over. Which is quite a biggie really, especially for an aspiring romance writer who would so love to have just a hint from HQ that her work shows a spark of something they quite like.
If I let myself, as a daydreaming romantic fiction writer might, I could start imagining how fantastic it would feel to have that kind of affirmation of my work, and start dancing round the room, thinking: Will it be me? Will it be me? And then as doubt and panic set in, it could change to: Wail! This is my last chance! Wail! Today I might find out for certain that they didn't like me!
If I sound like I'm speaking from experience, well I admit, I have been there quite a bit this morning, and am having to fight not to let it start over again. But fortunately for me, my attention is also focused on quite a few other things. In no particular order, here are just a few of my current preoccupations:
1. I have an interview to write up - with a celebrity chef I was lucky enough to meet this summer - about his DOGS, and I'm going to pitch it to a doggy mag, whoo hoo! A bit daunting, as I've never done a celeb piece before, but exciting too!
2. I have a dilemma to ponder: what the HELL am I going to write for NaNoWriMo? Will it be another historical romance? Will it be "that idea" for a more arty novel I've had hanging around for ages? Will it be something else completely? HELP! What shall I write?
3. I have something to look forward to - I am going on a HOT DATE with my husband on Saturday night, (see last post for events leading up to this). I've just booked a table for two at The Blue Bicycle in York, a restaurant which used to be ... wait for it ... a 19th century brothel! They have booths made from beds!
|Going on a date with my husband here on Saturday night|
|Look! Booths made from beds!|
My original New Voices entry ... There are some things I really like about it, and some things I don't, and it may or may not show to the editors some spark of what I could eventually be capable of. But for now, I have other things to concentrate on, more projects than I've mentioned above, and it's just as well because the essential is to keep on writing, keep on sending work out and having new exciting plans and aims.
I'm still looking forward to some hovering round the New Voices site later on this afternoon though, and even partaking in a bit of manic page refreshing. I just feel a lot better now my eggs are spread over a few baskets so to speak. And I really am excited about Saturday night!
What are you up to right now? Anyone else got other irons in the fire, or projects underway?