Phew, school holidays are over and I might finally get some time to myself! Ha, that’s a good joke.
I managed to find some time last week and got about 3000 words written on Curse of the Taniwha, so I have made some progress on that. I have also started a short story – Beautiful Stranger which is based on some writing exercises that we have done at the monthly RWNZ meetings.
So, I can finally tell you about Cursed Love. In March, I entered the Pacific Hearts competition, held by RWNZ for unpublished writers. I was a little nervous, but it was writer feedback that I wanted.
Two weeks ago, I got the results back. I didn’t make it to the top three, which had their manuscripts sent through to a Harlequin editor who will chose the top story. The reason I entered this competition is because it is picked by readers. Yes, readers read the story, and then they mark it, according to how much they enjoyed your story.
Marks are out of 85, and I got 82 and 83. I was rapt with those two reports, but I also got one for 56/85 – and this is the one that has thrown me a little, because it says the total opposite of the other two. Why does one focus on the negative rather than the positive?
Anyway, I have a couple of people reading through Cursed Love, and I will be shipping it out to a couple of publishers. If no one is interested, then I will be self publishing it at the end of the year, and I hope to have Curse of the Taniwha to publish early next year.
I managed to get a couple of articles written for The Rural, including this one – Rural Hacks for Going to Town which is also the featured article.
So, as kids go back to school, I am hoping to find some time to do some writing, but I don’t know if that is going to happen, or be wishful thinking.
How do you make time to do the things you want to do?