Showing posts from March, 2006

Doubt and Discouragement, Take #5468

First of all, I want to thank everyone for their comments on my post about finishing the first draft. :-) You’ve all quite overwhelmed me with your enthusiasm, but as I’m fond of saying, everyone needs their own fan club! {{{{{{{{hugs}}}}}}}}} all around! Last week, a good friend received a very complimentary rejection letter from an agent I’m hoping to approach soon. It was a marvelous rejection on one hand (she’s a good writer, and this agent even told her so), but very discouraging on the other—gloomy in terms of its outlook on the Christian market for speculative fiction, and of this agent’s own receptiveness to submissions right now. Today the news came that a major publisher will be discontinuing its fiction line soon. Supposedly the market is saturated. This also effectively shoots down another friend’s submission. All this makes me not even want to try. And as for writing yet another book—can my heart stand to pour itself into story after story of a series that may never

Ahhh, homeschooling

I walked in the kitchen just now and found that Meeghan, my 18-month-old, made a huge mess while I was busy imparting the mysteries of the atom to Ian, my 8th grader. Then she came in my room, where I was holding class, and proceeded to "clean" my bookshelves. *sigh* You know, if there's enough atomic energy in a penny to destroy the world, I guess it's no wonder that a toddler can trash a house in half an hour or less.