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Posted on March 1, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Waiting to hear back from an publisher is hell. It's worse than getting a rejection because you have no way of knowing what the editor/whoever has the job of reading through the slush pile thinks of your novel, and it takes them months to respond. Half a year can go by before they tell you that they've rejected your writing. Then you have to do the whole process over again with another publisher. Lots and lots of waiting... What ever happened to that emoticon of a not-so-smiley face repeatedly banging his head into a wall?

Yep, that's the one. I find it quite fitting.

Wait for it...Wait for iiiit...

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 10:15 PM


Yep, I finally finished editing my novel. Now all I have to do is get it published...Um, how do I do that?

No, I'm not finished yet

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Did I say editing would be done in April? What a foolish assumption! Seriously, I've been held up because I'm moving to Europe, and trying to make all the arrangements for that move has been consuming all my time. I've been editing whenever I'm able to.

In progress...

Posted on February 16, 2013 at 8:35 PM

The book is written! :D But the editing phase is taking longer than I thought. I'm hoping to have it finished by some time in April. Just an update...

Almost done...almost

Posted on October 20, 2012 at 8:45 PM

Just an update: I have finished 98% of my novel and hope to have it completed by Halloween ("hope" being the operative word). That's all for now; I'll have more info later as my work progresses.

Weeping Willows taken down

Posted on July 3, 2012 at 4:45 PM

I'm taking the seven chapters of Weeping Willows off the site because I've decided to edit them into a larger story (I may even turn it into a novel; I haven't decided yet). I also need the space because I can only have so much on this site without having to pay for it. And if you're wondering how my first novel is coming along, I'm happy to report that it's about 70% written. That may not seem like a lot, but for someone with my extreme ADD, completing 70% of anything is a major achievement.

I'm, really, I am

Posted on February 23, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I am here and I am writing, but I've been working mainly on my novel. I've also been spending a lot of time looking for a job. But I am here. I'm not abondoning this site; I'm just working on other things for the time being. If I had more readers here, then this site might take priority over my novel; but since that isn't the case...

R.I.P. Deep Blue

Posted on December 30, 2011 at 5:10 PM

If you're wondering why I've been gone for the past few months, there are several reasons. I was busy finishing up the last semester of my undergrad studies, graduating, applying to grad school (which takes up a hell of a lot of time), and dealing with a dying computer. Yes, my dear computer, which I affectionately named Deep Blue, bit the dust nearly a month ago and gaining access to other computers in the mean time has been a little difficult. But now I have a new computer and I'm dying to get back to writing again. But first, I need to take care of some broken links on the site; I'll be rearranging some things (pages will change names) so just be patient while I try to get everything into working order again. Thanks!

Sorry for the delay

Posted on August 17, 2011 at 4:05 PM

I know over a month ago I said I would have the next chapter of Weeping Willows up soon. Well, I had surgery and it took me about two weeks longer than I expected to recover. So, sorry for the delay, but the new chapter will be up soon (and I mean it this time).

I'm back

Posted on July 11, 2011 at 6:22 PM

I'm out of sulk-mode and back into writing again. I haven't finished Chapter 7 of Weeping Willows yet, but I'm working on it. I'm also trying to focus more on my novel that I've been putting off for far too long. So there's nothing new on the site yet, but there will be soon.