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  • Listening to: Strauss
  • Reading: The Colony by Tayman
  • Watching: Bates Motel
  • Playing: Breath of the Wild
  • Eating: Jalapeños on bread
  • Drinking: For once, not a thing and that's a damn shame.
Since the last entry, I:

- got a human job
- one that actually requires my literal qualifications, which is... wow. And in this economy! ... amirite?
- got an exclusivity request from that agent!
- found it within myself to actually query a few more
- actually got accepted to the satire magazine! Yes, I am now able to make fun of Donald Trump in a professional capacity.
- I am, horrifyingly, getting my own column starting next month.
- am on the selection committee for the film festival for the third year running.
- got sexy new ideas for 3 new books (2 fiction, 1 nonfiction) 
- started writing a TV show. I finished most of the research and half of the pitch deck, and wrote the pilot.
- have had the privilege of being invited to join several fiction projects in a collaborative (yet authoritative) role.
- maybe have a business venture looming and taking shape

Also, since the last entry, I:

- got rejected by the agent I got the exclusivity request from, and am now back into the slush pile
- got invited to my best friend's wedding, which I can't afford to go to. I had to call her and tell her that this week which was... ugh.
- am still fucking broke as fuck
- had to borrow money from my parents, but also got my phone cut off when one of them needed me so that was... fucking amazing.
- have been training and not writing much
- have magazine deadlines looming that I have been too tired to try to work proactively towards
- have only made one additional query to an agency
- can't make the rewrites of my TV show pilot work
- have sexy new ideas for 3 new books, don't have time to work on any of them
- have completely lost faith in myself
- am getting scared that I am not capable of balancing work and writing, and life.

Oh but PS my blog got 3 likes this week so, I mean, storm the keep, amirite?
Anyway, I feel like it's too early to say if something is really wrong, but a lot of things are not going perfect. 
I just have to keep working. And trying. And fucking planning and organizing. That's the key, you know. Organization. *wanders off mumbling to herself*

Best wishes to all'y'all.
  • Listening to: Radiohead
  • Reading: The Ghost Bride by Yangtze Choo
  • Drinking: Water
Still don't have a job. Fucking broke as hell.

Put my ms through the grist, as promised. It went from 191K to 133K. 
191 to 133. That's almost a third. Give me loving.

So I sent it off to a real live agent yesterday. An actual, breathing, literary professional has my book on their desk. Ok, not my book but what is probably a decent query letter and a synopsis that took me 12 hours to get right, and the first 10 pages of the book.

I got a confirmation email from her office. Just seeing it made me nearly throw up over my keyboard. I feel like I look outwardly pretty calm, though. Not sure why this makes me as emotional as it does. 

Freud says: You don't emotionally invest yourself in much. You're not used to doing your actual real best at something you care about and having other people who know more than you evaluate you. Also, that is legit really hard and you are doing great and I commend you, widdle flower.

Anyway, I'm celebrating by applying for a satirist position for a political magazine (ha ha!) Let's pour some more gas on the fire. And, because I already said it was on multiple submission, I guess I should send the book to a second agent. Hell, let's do so tonight. Even though I can already feel the stress rising in my guts as I type this. Why feel anything if you're just going to let it control you?

Onwards.


  • Listening to: Strauss
  • Reading: The Colony by Tayman
  • Watching: Bates Motel
  • Playing: Breath of the Wild
  • Eating: Jalapeños on bread
  • Drinking: For once, not a thing and that's a damn shame.
Since the last entry, I:

- got a human job
- one that actually requires my literal qualifications, which is... wow. And in this economy! ... amirite?
- got an exclusivity request from that agent!
- found it within myself to actually query a few more
- actually got accepted to the satire magazine! Yes, I am now able to make fun of Donald Trump in a professional capacity.
- I am, horrifyingly, getting my own column starting next month.
- am on the selection committee for the film festival for the third year running.
- got sexy new ideas for 3 new books (2 fiction, 1 nonfiction) 
- started writing a TV show. I finished most of the research and half of the pitch deck, and wrote the pilot.
- have had the privilege of being invited to join several fiction projects in a collaborative (yet authoritative) role.
- maybe have a business venture looming and taking shape

Also, since the last entry, I:

- got rejected by the agent I got the exclusivity request from, and am now back into the slush pile
- got invited to my best friend's wedding, which I can't afford to go to. I had to call her and tell her that this week which was... ugh.
- am still fucking broke as fuck
- had to borrow money from my parents, but also got my phone cut off when one of them needed me so that was... fucking amazing.
- have been training and not writing much
- have magazine deadlines looming that I have been too tired to try to work proactively towards
- have only made one additional query to an agency
- can't make the rewrites of my TV show pilot work
- have sexy new ideas for 3 new books, don't have time to work on any of them
- have completely lost faith in myself
- am getting scared that I am not capable of balancing work and writing, and life.

Oh but PS my blog got 3 likes this week so, I mean, storm the keep, amirite?
Anyway, I feel like it's too early to say if something is really wrong, but a lot of things are not going perfect. 
I just have to keep working. And trying. And fucking planning and organizing. That's the key, you know. Organization. *wanders off mumbling to herself*

Best wishes to all'y'all.

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Dawn2Nightfall Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2017  Student Digital Artist
Thanks for the watch my friend :)
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TLKFANKING Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015
Happy birthday!
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grassa48 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday!
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TLKFANKING Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014
Happy New Year!
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Metarex12 Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Happy Birthday!
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TLKFANKING Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2013
Happy birthday!
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Saidge42 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013   Digital Artist

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TyrannoNinja Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fav!
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SanguineAthena Featured By Owner May 21, 2013  Professional Writer
You are welcome! I like Egypt stories :)
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ZiaulKareem Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you Erika for :+fav: :)
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