Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Links Schmlinks

Shakespearean Insult of the Day: Thou loggerheaded flap-mouthed pumpion!

First off, I'd like to link to my friend Devon, who has launched a new website, called Circadian Poems. Great stuff, definitely worth the visit!

Next I've found a a blog close to my heart: belonging to the Tudor History Website.

And that's it for links today--life has been a little crazy! We were supposed to move THIS week, but it turns out that the school in Denver will be on a track break for two weeks when we get there, so it made no sense to haul the kids there only to have them twiddle their thumbs for two weeks. So, we're staying here until the 28th of October. Then the kids can start school on the 31st with the rest of their classes.
So, I get to be a single mom for three more weeks. Hey, I've handled two already, what's three more?
Good news: I am VERY excited because a writer friend of mine has invited me to be on the staff of her next project, which I will announce on October 10th. All I can say for now is its going to be a blast! I am very excited to be a part of it. More will be forthcoming on this subject later...so you'll have to wait until the 10th!

I am patting myself on the back, no gratuitous trips to Half-Price Books in a whole WEEK and a HALF! (This is huge, people.) Why? Because I have decided to exercise some self-control. (Ahem, well, the real reason is I have to buy a bigger bookcase before I can buy more books!)

ANYWAY, so I am trying to be good, and staying away from that temptation. Which is good. Once I get obsessed with something, I go and go until I've got everything I can possibly get. (Just ask my hubby about all the stamp sets, quilting supplies, scrapbooking materials, transferware and calligraphy sets that I have, and haven't touched or used in over a year...)

I need to have a garage sale.

On the writing front, I told my agent that I would focus solely on the YA historical. I might be able to get some in on it before the move, but hopefully I'll have a completed manuscript before the new year. At least I know he's excited about the idea. And I'm going to start submitting my mystery novel to editors on my own, but I'll be honest, I combed through about 200 publishers and found NINE (yes, NINE) who accept un-agented submissions. That really gives me terrible odds.

I think my odds would be better if I just threw it in the drawer...but that's another subject entirely.

3 comments:

Devon Ellington said...

Lara, they might not accept unagented SUBMISSIONS, but they do ready QUERY letters. I get a 70% rate of request for manuscripts from the queries from places that don't accept unagented submissions.

Devon Ellington said...

I mean they READ query letters. My fingers are typing extra letters and my brain can't find enough of them. Urgh.

Michelle Miles said...

Don't give up on that mystery. I agree with Devon - send out some queries. It's a fantastic book and it NEEDS to be published.